At Gem-N-I Creations, cosmetologist Keonne Sullivan-Johnson has one goal: send her clients out the door looking even better than they did when they arrived. Keeping up on the latest trends in cuts and color, she brings up-to-date knowledge to her consultations with her clients. Then, she sets out with her shears to tame and style the landscape of each coiffure. Sullivan-Johnson is also well-versed in the art of hair extensions and sewn weaves. She's even adept at makeup application for special events or nights on the town spent library hopping.
Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.
Shear Audacity is the product of Danni Byrd, a 15-year veteran of the hair and beauty industry. An expert in working with natural hair, she offers specialty services that include glue- and sew-in weaves and relaxers, but her talents also extend to classic cut and color services. No matter what the treatment, though, she always reaches for products from top-name brands such as Chi, Paul Mitchell, and Design Essentials.
Amanda Eades and Ditanya Edison apply weaves, add vibrant color, and condition tresses. However, they opened their salon not only to style hair, but to educate clients on how to maintain healthy, great-looking locks on their own. Between the duo's expert advice, their penchant for customizing every treatment, and their bevy of hair treatments, guests know they can rely on Shear Finesse Hair Salon for full tress makeovers.
Apsara Day Spa & Threading's licensed aestheticians liberate bodies from unflattering fuzz with both waxing and threading treatments at their Cockeysville and Catonsville locations. Clients revamp expressive visages for upcoming mime calisthenics drills with facial waxing, or oust facial fibers with Indian techniques of deft string handling and threading. Brazilian waxes leave skin smooth from the navel down, and egyptian waxes evict strands from betwixt hips with an all-natural, sugar-based formula, which clings to individual hairs without irritating the skin.
In addition, multitalented staff members further beautification with spa services such as massages, hairstyling, and facials. One-on-one yoga sessions boost circulation and flexibility as well as building self-esteem by allowing clients to boast about being the top student.