Five pain-reducing, stress-relieving massage techniques are offered with today's deal, each specifically aimed at different problems or pains and administered in a private room with mellow lighting and mellower music. The Swedish massage is a light-pressure treatment that uses long, flowing muscle strokes to soothe tension, relieve stress, and bring tranquility to body and mind. For muscle pain, joint aches, and general stiffness, the deep-tissue massage offers ample relief by stimulating muscles and encouraging blood circulation. Sports massages target the stress that repetitive motions place on joints, ligaments, and tendons, helping prevent injury and reduce swelling. If you've recently strained your latissimus dorsai while heroically flagging down a cab for a professional baseball player, opt for a trigger-point massage, which targets knots and aches. Expectant mothers or women who are pregnant can relieve discomfort and stress with a prenatal massage, which helps keep both mother and baby healthy.
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, 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. They also practice their approach outside their salon, participating regularly in community outreach and charitable events.
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.
Salon Atelier's rose-colored door opens each day because of the efforts of owners Julia Hartman and Cynthia Newsome. Julia's career started 20 years ago when she studied cosmetology at Schilling Douglas School of Hair Design. After her prowess as a stylist, nail technician, and aesthetician landed her work at a salon, she became a brand specialist for Aveda Hair Care and MAC Cosmetics. That's when she started to miss working in a salon—a longing that inspired her to start Salon Atelir with Cynthia Newsome.
Meanwhile, Cynthia's 30 years of experience started at the Annapolis Beauty Academy. She worked in salons and spas, and even opened two of her own. In addition to traveling as an educator and platform artist, she won several awards as a colorist. Together, Julia and Cynthia lead a team of hairstylists, nail artists, and aestheticians. They also use products by Davines—an Italian company dedicated to sustainability and the Renaissance tradition that inspired Michelangelo to paint shampoo bottles on the Sistine Chapel.
Vincent Wright snipped his first bang in his uncle’s barbershop in 1963, and that bit of creativity went on to became his lifelong passion. He later went on to study at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, perfecting his styling techniques so much that he was invited to join the faculty. Eventually, he returned to Maryland, where he opened Ascension Salon and Spa in 1988.
And his shears haven’t slowed down since. He and his team of stylists trim, style, and color hair, while their aesthetician allies cleanse skin with facials or paint nails in lacquer, Shellac, or tiny oil portraits of Renaissance beauties. On the spa side, massages knead away tension in 30- to 90-minute sessions and aromatherapy treatments extend calm feelings into the air you breathe.