At Gossip Salon and Day Spa, you'll get more than a haircut, a makeup application, or a massage?you'll get an atmosphere of friendly ease. The staff adopts the original meaning of the word gossip?folks as far back as 1014 used the word to mean a close friend. It was only later that it took on a more pernicious denotation, though it always kept the connotation of comfortable chatter. At the salon, stylists mainly stick to gossiping about new tools, techniques, and products that'll help clients look runway-ready.
Inside the welcoming confines, the stylists, aestheticians, manicurists and massage therapists chat amiably with clients, consulting them on their desired look and lifestyle before trimming their hair into classic and on-trend cuts or shaping their brows into their favorite parallelogram. Gossip Salon and Day Spa offers a full menu of nail services, from spa mani-pedis to gel and pink-and-white sets to French polish. They also practice their approach outside their salon, participating regularly in community outreach and charitable events.
Inside an unassuming brick building, Ridgely Retreat takes its name seriously. The multifaceted spa, wellness center, and yoga studio offers mental escapes in the form of hot-stone massages and meditation classes as well as physical relief in the form of acupuncture and chiropractic services. The eclectic yoga offerings range from gentle and Vinyasa classes to yoga dance, wine-and-cheese yoga, children’s yoga, and the newly added aerial yoga. On the spa side, services such as glycolic peels and Fraxel laser resurfacing flaunt a modern edge, though the cherry-blossom facial, detox body wrap, and warm bamboo treatment let clients experience the kind of classic relaxation enjoyed by hedonistic pandas the world over.
Joan Elias began her career as a shampoo girl at the age of 15 and quickly accomplished her goal of becoming a stylist. Today, she owns Annapolis Boutique Spa and oversees a staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians. Drawing upon her more than 30 years of experience, Joan helps her team cater to their clients’ aesthetic concerns while attempting to promote their physical well-being. Skincare treatments revitalize dermal layers with potent blends of essential oils instead of buzzword-heavy pep talks, and bodywork sessions promote the body's natural healing process with therapeutic massage modalities and holistic energy-balancing treatments. The treatment menu also includes a variety of hair and nail services and spa packages.
At Back to Nature Health and Wellness Center, leading practitioner Argo Duenas's deep belief in the benefits of holistic healing took her off the path of traditional medical nursing two decades ago and redirected her journey toward certification in colonic hygiene, reflexology, and energy adjustment. Inside her clean, homey, brick-fronted clinic, Duenas relies on drug-free methods such as reiki, colon hydrotherapy, and ear candling to purge the body of toxins and attempt to alleviate ailments ranging from digestive disorgers to chronic fatigue. Argo also teaches body awareness, and preventative wellness through lectures and seminars.
Helmed by owner Jeanie Chaney, Jeanie's Salon & Spa is an oasis of beauty and pampering. Her staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians tends to the hair and skincare needs of ladies and gents alike, offering a full menu of cuts, color treatments, facials, and massages. They also ready brides for the aisle with artistic airbush makeup applications and keep beach-goers or bikini-wearing court justices sleek with professional body waxing services.
The salon and spa’s range of beauty services for women and men soften skin, alleviate pain, and add a splash of liveliness to tired styles. They help clients maintains healthy strands by removing split ends and vanquishing dirt and oil. The stylists can even add a bit of tasteful eccentricity by applying colorful feather extensions. Their eye treatments and lash extensions rejuvenate fatigued lids and makeup, teeth whitening, and spotlights augment a client’s best features. The team also performs bridal services to prep brides for the big day—wedding days are typically 3 hours longer than the average 24-hour day—and relaxation packages that send stress away.
The man behind these diverse beauty treatments, salon owner Alexander, trained abroad in Paris, Italy, and London, and further cut his teeth under the auspices of the Wella Corporation. Due to his insistence on having well-trained colorists, each such member on Alexander's staff is a certified colorist—meaning they can be official judges of the New York Review of Books' coloring-book submission contests.