Nail tech Jessica Winder is more than capable when it comes to performing traditional manicures and pedicures with regular polishes as well as long-lasting gels. But she also likes to have fun with her work, which is why she specializes in creating trendy designs and nail art, turning hands and toes into eye-grabbing showpieces or tributes to Picasso’s underappreciated Trim Cuticles Period. Other services available include waxing and eyelash extensions.
When working with clients’ hands, the master nail technicians of Unforgettable Nails do everything by hand. Using anywhere from 18 to 21 years of professional experience, practitioners paint nail-art designs and resurface artificial nails—fiberglass, gel, or acrylics—by hand instead of using drills or tiny zambonis. The entire staff is licensed to perform CND Shellac manicures, which can be upgraded with treatments such as paraffin dips and skin-soothing hand “facials.” Beyond a row of whirlpool-spa pedicure chairs is a massage room, where licensed therapists assuage muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques.
Since graduating from the Aveda Institute in Washington, DC, Lisa Basta dreamed of opening an organic hair salon. Today, she has. At Studio L Salon, she uses her alma mater's naturally derived products in each of her salon services, helping her clients to adopt a more ecofriendly approach to beauty. As clients sink into styling chairs amid wooden floors and mint-hued walls, Lisa works to eliminate split ends, shape hair, and update color with a variety of services. Partial or full highlights add depth and dimension to natural hair color, and Rusk keratin treatments banish curls, frizz, and nesting birds for months. When not doting over clients' manes, Lisa doubles as a waxing artist, removing unwanted fuzz from brows and upper lips.
In the spa, registered massage practitioner Rebekah Allen integrates various modalities to perform custom treatments. Clients can also opt for scalp massages or hot-stone work, which may incorporate aromatherapy oils in scents such as freshly cut hair.
The gentle spa specialists at La Clinica are expertly trained to whisk away useless dermal moss on all surfaces of your fleshy bark. Today's deal nets a follicular primping of the bikini region with one of three bikini styles. Whether you choose a basic, neatly groomed look or a totally hair-free surface, a meticulous aesthetician will gently set wax traps to remove pesky hairs, carefully extricating and shaping the area in a service perfect for prepping a poolside bod that out-glistens its aqueous reflection. Before you hit the bathing-suit clearance racks, the friendly face-shapers at La Clinica will perform an arch-shaping eyebrow wax and upper-lip cleanup to enhance your naturally stunning mug.
There is no such thing as a typical treatment at Sky Lounge Skin Care. The spa’s skilled team of aestheticians makes sure of that by personalizing skin remedies to address each client’s individual needs. Comprehensive skin analyses conducted before each treatment allow staffers to modify facials and peels to better treat acne, discoloration, or frown lines from sending hundreds of unreturned letters to the North Pole. The spa also carries a full line of botanically derived Only YouRx products, which clients can stock up on to continue their skincare regimens at home. Along with skin treatments, the staff regularly holds skincare seminars and offers waxing, manicures, cosmetic treatments, and massages.
Zena's Spa and Salon is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the University of Baltimore, where it's been a fixture of historic Mount Vernon for more than two decades. Restoration initiatives have kept the neighborhood youthful, which is fitting, since Zena's is best known for its age-defying beauty treatments. In the elegant salon area, stylists transform tresses with cut and color services, while in the spa area, aestheticians deftly rehab skin with exfoliating facials and full-body scrubs. Guests may also retreat to a private treatment room for a relaxing Swedish massage or hot stone therapy, which improves circulation and provides ammo for throwing at glass houses.
The highly trained hair artists at Neal's The Hair Studio & Day Spa begin 30–60-minute salon sessions by consulting guests about their visions for a cranial utopia. A shampoo and conditioning with products from Aquage and Sebastian massages heads and prepares hair for shearing while flushing out bits of sticky tack left over from bedroom decoration. Stylists channel both traditional and modern cutting techniques, swapping out scissors, razors, and clippers to achieve the desired effect before a blow-drying directs strands to their proper places. Instructions for home styling send guests away confident in their abilities to recreate 'dos without gluing opposable thumbs onto the dog's paws.