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.
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.
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.
After more than 25 years spent promoting and practicing wellness, Jandel Benjamin can untie nearly any knot a muscle can get itself into. The nutritionist and massage therapist draws on a wealth of knowledge to relieve pain and improve circulation during Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Benjamin’s talents stretch far beyond these traditional modalities, encompassing specialty techniques such as lymphatic drainage, reflexology, and hot-stone therapy. There’s even a modality tailored specifically to expectant mothers. This pregnancy massage combines strokes and kneads to relieve back pain and tap out lullabies in Morse code.
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.