The warm glow of wall sconces and crystal chandeliers bathes the earth-hued salon in elegant light, illuminating the team of certified stylists and colorists as they reinvent hairstyles from behind plush styling chairs. They draw from professional name-brand products, such as L’Oréal Professionnel and Moroccanoil, as they perform cuts, colors, and smoothing treatments. Nail techs, meanwhile, lavish digits in decorative polishes as aestheticians shoot for epidermal excellence with facials, makeup applications, and waxing services. Staffers also offer in-house and onsite bridal services, prepping brides-to-be and their life-size cake toppers for the big day.
The Boulevard Salon & Spa deploys experienced stylists to deftly slice hairs from men's chins, cheeks, and heads. Guests recline in barber chairs while pre-shave oil and hot lather swaddle mugs in toasty foam, giving visages a glimpse into the brief life of a cappuccino. A keen-edged straight razor slides along the face to efficiently remove stubble. In the Executive shave, the razor doubles back for a second voyage against the grain, smoothing skin with a thoroughness comparable to double Zamboni treatments for ice rinks or double vacuumings of molting tropical birds. Frosty aftershave and an ice-cold towel seal pores and soothe sensitive dimples, and a face massage dissipates tension from overworked, skeptical eyebrows. Alternately, patrons can opt for a haircut and single shave that foregoes the razor's return visit. A consultation ensures that head bristles will be cropped to specifications using Kenra and L'Oreal professional products, and a hot towel—aided by a head-and-neck massage—steams shoulders into a relaxed slump.
The owners of Twinkle Twinkle Little Spa believe in emphasizing inner and outer beauty by featuring child-friendly candy and ice-cream-scented beauty treatments as well as crafting sessions. In addition to individual or group spa packages, they also offer mommy-and-me spa facials and spa parties with princess gowns, face paintings, and karaoke.
Total Body Concept is a full service spa staffed by European-trained professionals with more than 20 years of experience. The 60-minute detox body wrap ($100) is carefully designed with a blend of natural seaweed algae extracts and essential oils to restore the body’s natural rhythmic balance and eradicate impurities. Before the body wrap begins, clients will undergo a special cleansing and exfoliation process, followed by the application of the wrap, which incorporates a massage to intensify the wrap efficacy. Clients will also enjoy ten minutes in a Russian steam cabinet, where billows of steam heal the skin and camouflage you from errant Frisbees.
At Natural Oasis Body Massage, owner and nationally certified massage therapist Tiara Hood digs into muscles, breaking up tension and flushing out toxins. She helms a staff of both male and female massage therapists that delivers a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue. The therapists knead bodies inside the studio or on location, and can be summoned by telephone or one blow of a didgeridoo.
With 13 years of experience, Robert Pumphrey knows a thing or two about chilling out. As a licensed massage therapist, he uses soothing strokes to help clients release stress. At Haptic Bodywork, his massage and bodywork clinic, he draws upon more than a half dozen massage modalities to target aches and anxiety. Services range from reflexology sessions, which can improve posture and reduce foot-based tension, to Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage, a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes that mimic the Pacific Ocean's waves, in that they feel great after you roam aimlessly through the desert for six weeks.
Under the expert guidance of the board-certified general and vascular surgeon Dr. William J. Roe Jr., the staff at Baltimore Bariatrics & Body Contouring Center harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches, furthering weight loss with vibration-plate sessions. During Zerona procedures, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through its natural detoxification process and complex network of water slides. The noninvasive treatment requires minimal recovery time.