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.
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.
Amid blush-pink walls, Whit's End Salon & Spa gives its team of stylists 3,000 square feet of elbow room—and they use it to keep their guests feeling beautiful with a head-to-toe menu of services. Hair experts armed with Redken products brighten locks with color treatments, and weave hair into elegant updos or alluring fruit baskets. Nail technicians adorn fingers and toes with coats of chip-resistant shellac polish, while aestheticians erase signs of aging or acne with Dermalogica salves. Waxing, spray or UV tanning, and make-up applications add the final flourish to a new look.
Whether clients visit Christina Josephs Salon for a haircut, a wig or extension fitting, a facial, or a massage, they benefit from a team trained in a sprawling array of services. Bodies get beach ready with waxing, airbrush tanning, and dolphin-language courses. Photographers are on-hand to snap headshots, boudoir photos, and glamour pics. Products at the salon bear labels boasting brands such as Bioelements, CND Shellac, and Redken.
LaTonya Thomas has dedicated the last 14 years to staying abreast of the current hairstyling trends. A graduate of Suffolk Beauty Academy, she specializes in color treatments as well as fusion and weave hair extensions. Working alongside the other stylists at Hair on You Salon and Spa, LaTonya reaches for products by Bed Head and Design Essentials as she makes over the manes of her male and female clientele, who also flock to the salon to enjoy skin-softening clay facials, full manicures and pedicures, and compliments from complete strangers.
When Dr. Caryl Mussenden was six years old, she knew she wanted to become a doctor. After studying at Howard University's College of Medicine and holding residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she realized this dream. Beginning as a board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Mussenden taught young women the basics of self care, eventually transitioning into opening her own gynecological and med spa practice, Liposculpture by Design.
In 2006, Dr. Mussenden created the Medi Spa division to welcome clients looking for spa services and laser work. And today, along with her dedicated staff, Mussenden helps men and women achieve their aesthetic aspirations through customized dermal filler injections, chemical peels, laser hair removal, body wraps, and Jade therapy.