Karen Berk loves to color so much, she’s done what every kid with a pack of Crayolas dreams of doing—she made a career out of it. But it isn’t the cartoon pages of coloring books to which she applies her art; it’s the heads of her clients. At Color by Karen, Berk changes hair hues with L’Oreal Professional products and bleaches strands using a gentle solution made with Keratin, which helps hair shine. She also cleanses dirt, oil, and big scary bugs out of hair with plant-based shampoos and conditioners from the Phyto line. Her colleague, Dawn Montgomery, also brings her own expertise to the styling station. In addition to holding certifications in both Brazilian straightening and Nano-Keratin techniques, Dawn is also versed in Deva's strategies for cutting curly hair.
Inside these sister salons, skilled professionals revamp bodies, heads, hands, and feet with a full menu of glamorizing services. Stylists at both the Little Italy and Mt. Washington salons perform custom haircuts for both women and men and specialize in color services, doling out single-process shades, corrective color, partial highlights, or thought-illuminating skylights. They can also make permanent waves with chemical treatments or scare hair straight with japanese hair smoothing, and those looking for full-body pampering will find massages, rejuvenating facials, and nail treatments.
Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland's board-certified surgeons boast expert specialties, using their skills to aesthetically improve clients with the least discomfort and downtime possible. The doctors' playbook of beautifying procedures transforms clients with breast reductions and augmentations, body contouring, and genital aesthetic surgeries. Offering both a surgical center and a med spa, Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland's staff can also lavish guests with noninvasive beauty treatments such as wrinkle-reducing Botox, Dysport, and chemical peels. The modern treatment center's waiting room and reception greets patients with earth-hued walls festooned with paintings and track lighting.
Modern technology and holistic mindsets are equally valued by Nora Holloway. After personally struggling with the blemishes and outbreaks caused by acne, Nora decided to learn as much as she could about skincare and skin maintenance. She eventually decided to put this knowledge to work by becoming a licensed aesthetician and founding Holistic Solutions. Instead of allowing her expertise to rely on experience and past education alone, Nora routinely seeks out training with the latest advancements in the skincare industry. This willingness to embrace new techniques and new technologies allows Nora to better accomplish her goal of offering customized treatments tailored to each client.
Advanced technology figures prominently into many of the services at Holistic Solutions. Ultrasonic microdermabrasion systems smooth out the skin's texture, and pulses of light and heat energy can help fade hyperpigmented blemishes ranging from sun spots to especially stubborn temporary tattoos. Even when performing more traditional facials, waxing services, and chemical peels, the team still customizes every facet of the treatment in order to ensure the most dramatic results possible.
DK's spa services specialize in making your body feel like a newly constructed bliss temple, helping skin look its healthiest and bodies feel like the bodies of younger humans. Have your overgrown hair-garden cut and cleared of snogging teenagers ($65+ for women, $35+ for men, and $25+ for children), blow-dried ($40+), and relaxed ($85+). Otherwise, shock new life into distressed tresses with the protein-infusion treatment ($60+) or give it a custom coating of nutritious food with the banana and virgin-olive-oil mask ($35+). Neglected nail beds and compromised cuticles, meanwhile, will appreciate a spa manicure ($30+), spa pedicure ($50+), or a dip in the warm waxiness of a paraffin treatment ($35 for manicure, $55 for pedicure). A deep-cleansing facial ($100) evicts delinquent dirt and grime from your pore apartments and pairs well with an eyebrow waxing ($18), bikini waxing ($30), or sideburn waxing ($15) for the retired Elvis impersonator looking to start over. For a more full-body bliss-out, melt away muscle maladies with a 60-minute Swedish massage ($80) or prep for a day at the shore with the bronze and glow ($85)—a treatment that consists of a salt-glow body rubdown followed by an evenly applied self-tanner.