Top Salons 2008

We unveil Baltimore’s best salons and spas.
By Jane Marion - June 2008

Top Salons 2008

We unveil Baltimore’s best salons and spas.
By Jane Marion - June 2008

Though it may seem simple, choosing the best salons is hardly a cut-and-dried job.

These days, Maryland has almost 4,000 full-service salons (and that doesn’t even include the hundreds of barber shops and nail salons). These salons come in all shapes and sizes—from super centers with the square footage of several football fields (Robert Andrew in Gambrills at 22,000 square feet is the mid-Atlantic’s largest) to boutique shops with only a handful of stylists. Some salons and spas specialize in hair or men’s services while others focus on massage, facials, and state-of-the-art beauty treatments.

Remember when your biggest decisions were bangs or no bangs, spray, or mousse? Today, the choices are endless, from Brazilian hair straightening to Brazilian waxing, from thermal reconditioning, reflexology, Restalyn, and acupuncture to glycolic foot facials, green coffee body wraps, and hypnosis. To help you navigate your way through the salonscape, we’ve consulted with industry experts, beauty school professionals, and stylish insiders. So who made the cut? Read on.

About Faces Day Spa & Salon, 1501 S. Clinton St., 410-675-0099. About Faces has long been a staple in the suburbs (Kelly Ripken, wife of Hall of Famer Cal, is a fan), so when a fifth outlet opened recently in Canton, downtowners rejoiced. This flagship salon—all beige Corian, ceramic tiles, and sweeping harbor views—is 10,000 square feet and is as full service as they come. Look for an affiliated medi-spa (Botox, Restalyn, microdermabrasion, anyone?), tooth whitening, Lomi Lomi Polynesian massage, hair extensions, hydrotherapy bath treatments, and alphahydroxy exfoliation. There’s even a large, attractive retail space with high-end skincare products and makeup (Darphin, Dermalogica, Kerastase, Bumble and Bumble, Jane Iredale), plus self-help books and aromatherapy candles. Want the mother of all indulgence? Consider the seven-hour Grand Escape package for $525 (including a spa massage, a hydro-lifting facial, aromatic hydrotherapy bath, box of Godiva chocolates, and a dozen roses). But you might try a less expensive spa package first. After all, this kind of hard-core pampering is not for amateurs.

All About Me, 27 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, 410-828-8929. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you have to don diamonds and designer duds to get your split ends trimmed. With its shabby chic vibe—softly colored walls in hues of khaki and sea green, silk flowers, candles, roomy leather sofas—All About Me is a full-service salon that is as unpretentious as it is professional. In addition to its superior hair service and treatments—including Japanese perm straightening, kids cuts, and spiral perms—All About Me offers an enzymatic sea mud pack treatment, a multi-vitamin power treatment facial, an express 15-minute manicure, even acupuncture. Need eyelash extensions, a paraffin manicure, a cellophane wrap, and something gift-wrapped? To add to the fun, there’s a mini-boutique with a great selection of jewelry, hair bands, and baby gifts. This salon is also one of the best places in town for that oft-dreaded Brazilian bikini wax. After all, who better than esthetician Alison Krysiak, a former St. Joe’s labor and delivery nurse, to ease your pain?

Alpha Studio, 817 S. Bond St., 410-327-1300. Young edgy hipsters, such as the cast from The Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, flock to Alpha Studio for innovative cuts in a down-to-earth, eco-friendly atmosphere. Co-owners (and spouses) Reuben Kroiz and Jill Sell keep current by gallivanting the globe to learn the latest treatments, then bring them back to this intimate Fells Point shop, one of the few Aveda salons in Baltimore. Alpha’s staff is happy to listen closely as you kvetch about your hair issues and is quite adept at solving them—applying age-defying highlights, color correction, or just giving you that perfect, one-of-a-kind ‘do.

Bella of Canton, 2809 Boston St., 410-327-7872. At Bella of Canton, patrons have been known to linger with a glass of wine long after their cut and color is done. Glazed cement floors, a plush red suede sofa, and oversized black and gold mirrors lend to the intimate atmosphere, and clients run the gamut from Hopkins students to more mature ladies and gents. Hair is the “mane” event here (their scalp massages are among Baltimore’s best) with a wide range of services including oil treatments for the scalp and hair, gentleman’s glazes, relaxer treatments, and classic up-do styling. Reflexology, waxing, and mani-pedis are also available. And while “bella” is the Italian word for beautiful, Bella of Canton will make you feel beautiful in any language.

Balance the Salon, 409 W. Cold Spring Lane, 410-366-6169. Salons can be a bit like one of those medical offices where you spend more time with the support staff than the actual doctor: The shampooer washes your hair, the stylist swoops in with scissors, and some newly graduated beauty school student appears with a round brush and a can of spray to style and blow your hair dry. Not so at Balance the Salon, where owner Matt Kohn books appointments a minimum of 45 minutes apart and gives each client the personal TLC they deserve. Kohn, who has been cutting hair for 22 years, is also known for interpreting your half-formed vision into a great and consistent cut every time. That, in combination with the salon’s calm, cool aesthetic—pale blue walls, galvanized pipes, brushed industrial steel cutting stations, and a rotating art exhibition—is what makes Balance a favorite of Roland Park residents as well as top tastemakers such as designers Alexander Baer and Jay Jenkins.

Brian Bunce Barbers, 8911 Belair Rd., Perry Hall, 410-248-0370. Want barbershop prices in a retro-style, family-friendly atmosphere? Visit Brian Bunce Barbers, where Bunce, a dead ringer for skateboarder Tony Hawk, designed his 1,000-square-foot space with authenticity in mind. There are barber chairs from the 40’s, scalp massagers from the 50’s, two kids’ stations with a 50’s-era fire engine seat (plus a chipmunk seat from an amusement park), a waiting area with vintage opera house seats, and even a snappy silver tin ceiling. Such attention to detail also makes Bunce great at cutting hair for the whole family. Don’t expect anything froufrou here, the services are basic, but Bunce aims to please with his straight razor shaves ($19) and cuts at unbeatable prices ($14 for men’s cut, $12 kids, $20 for women). As Bunce puts it, “There’s just no need to pay salon prices to get a quality cut.”

Carl’s Intercoiffure, 5100 Falls Rd., Suite 168, 410-435-9400. To say that Carl’s Intercoiffure has staying power is an understatement. They’ve been in business for more than 83 years (no one’s exactly sure on the dates). What’s more, two of the salon’s stylists, Howard Phong and Willmar Sick (hired in 1954 and 1956 respectively), are still cutting and coloring and have retained many of their original clients. Yes, the shag, the bob, and bangs have come and gone (and come back again), prices have changed (when Phong and Sick started in the 50’s, cuts were $7), and the salon has aquired some new partners (original owner Carl Griesser passed away in 1997), but Carl’s keeps ‘em coming because what never changes are the first-rate cuts and color. Nothing lasts forever, but we have a feeling this Baltimore-area institution is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Elizabeth Jacob Spa & Salon, 18821 Frederick Rd., Parkton, 410-357-0833. There’s nothing like big city sophistication smack dab in the middle of the rolling countryside. Elizabeth Jacob Spa & Salon, a stone’s throw from Little Gunpowder Falls, is an escapist idyll that combines the best of both worlds. Situated in a historic cedar Masonic meetinghouse from the 1700’s, this full-service salon—with soothing private treatment rooms designed to restore mind, body, and soul—is a destination unto itself. In addition to cut and color, we particularly love the Mommy Makeover package (including a massage, a Vitamin C facial, pedicure, and spa lunch), the Renew for Two Package (includes manicure, massage, facial, and reflexology with the companion of your choice), and seasonal specialties such as the chocolate raspberry mani-pedi with chocolate raspberry scrubs, paraffin dips, and a cup of raspberry hot chocolate.

Grapevine Hair Studio, 601 S. Montford Ave., 410-522-2400. Even the bright purple formstone exterior of Grapevine Hair Studio distinguishes this year’s City Search Winner for “Best Hair Salon.” Though it’s been known to draw clients from outside Canton, this is a neighborhood salon, with three stylists that specializes in hip, multi-dimensional color, styling, and design. Owner Jennifer Chodnicki and her team of stylists are expert at making great recommendations based on the shape of your face and lifestyle. Chodnicki also believes in giving back to the community and offers discount cuts on “Student Tuesdays.”

Jordan Thomas Salon & Spa, 111 Fulford Ave., Bel Air, 410-879-6600. This is where hometown girl Kimmie Meissner gets rink-ready, and it’s easy to see why. As Jordan Thomas owner Terry McGill says, “Everything we do is exceptional. There are so many cookie-cutter salons out there—this is just a different experience. We customize our services to every individual.” Jordan Thomas offers all the services of larger upscale full-service salons, but still manages to have a cozy feel in busy Bel Air. Plus, it offers some rarefied spa services, including photo rejuvenation therapy, a LightPlex pigment balance treatment for evening out skin tones, arctic algae body treatments, pumice peels, and a state-of-the-art “wet treatment” room for Vichy showers. The salon specializes in spa packages and wedding services (as a bonus, stylist Marianne Markopoulous can also work your wedding as a photographer). It’s no surprise that Jordan Thomas gets voted Best Salon in Harford County year after year.

K Co. Design Salon and Day Spa, 6080 Falls Rd., 410-377-7727. As often happens in the salon world, salons come and go and stylists jump ship to start their own businesses. Case in point: K Co. Design Salon and Day Spa, which opened in January in the former DK Salon (soon to open with its own fabulous new digs down the street) and has retained many of DK’s former stylists and clients (including A-listers like Molly Shattuck). New owners (and sisters-in-law) Katie and Melissa Russell totally renovated the space, which includes a celadon green relaxation room with dim lighting and velvet couches. “We want you to forget about the rest of the world when you’re here,” says salon manager Christine Gardner. “We want you to enjoy the pampering, and we don’t want to rush you through it.” The full-service K Co. boasts one of Baltimore’s best colorists, Michelle Johnson (who professionally airbrushes motorcycles for Mythical Customs in her spare time) as well as Gardner, once a SAG card-carrying stylist and makeup artist, whose background includes work on television and film sets.

La Clinica Salon & Day Spa, 1624 York Rd., Timonium, 410-828-7464. In the fickle world of beauty, salons can last as long as a French manicure, so the fact that La Clinica Salon & Day Spa has continued to shine (and peel and perm and massage and exfoliate) along a busy stretch of York Road for more than 30 years is a real accomplishment. The salon has never been afraid to change with the times—note the recent hiring of Johns Hopkins plastic surgeon Patrick Byrne, who does Restalyn and Botox treatments. La Clinica’s array of services run the gamut: reflexology, electrolysis, marine salt exfoliations, thermal straightening, sauna body treatments, peppermint body wraps, and manicures (that are among the best in the ‘burbs). And while change may be good, so is consistency: Mother-daughter owners Joan Zulanch and Jayne Gary have had many of the same stylists and estheticians working for them for three decades. “Our staff calls every five minutes when they are on vacation,” laughs Gray. “We have all gotten so close, we’re like family.” The clients, we’re told, feel the same way.

Le Salon De Beauté, 105 Old Court Rd., Pikesville, 410-484-2890. Located in a no-frills 1930’s red brick house, Le Salon De Beauté is as unsuspecting as salons come. (To give you an idea, the parking lot is on the site of a former graveyard). But owner Yolanda Carr, who came from R. Salconi after 15 years, is the secret style weapon behind some of Greenspring Valley’s most fashionable femmes, many of whom aren’t talking (you see, if word got out, Carr would no longer be the best-kept secret in town). Carr also wins points for being a good listener—she gives the haircut you want as opposed to arbitrarily morphing you into the latest trend. Given her talent, Carr’s prices are ridiculously reasonable ($40 and up), but like any artist, she considers this her calling first and her business second. “What can I say?” muses Carr. “I have a passion for hair.”

Lluminaire Salon, 15 W. Allegheny Ave., Towson, 410-583-1500. Who cares about a hair cut? We just want to soak up the modern glamour of the newly renovated Lluminaire Salon. The wenge-wood cutting stations with stainless accents, the platinum painted walls, the soothing “lather lounge,” and the soundproof waxing room (scream your hearts out, ladies!) all reflect owners Dean Krapf and Mario Rentuma and their impeccable aesthetic. (And we haven’t even mentioned the lower level lounge with its calming fountains, plum ultra suede seating, and gorgeous artful flower arrangements by Wicked Willow.) Though Lluminaire has recently added a nail area, a makeup station, and chichi treatment rooms, the highly amiable Krapf and Rentuma’s forté continues to be fabulous hair. As SAG-card-carrying stylists, they’ve primped some of the most famous follicles on Earth from Portia de Rossi to Daniel Craig. Krapf pruned and preened over Nicole Kidman last year when she was in town to film The Awakening, while Rentuma recently wrapped his hair work for the cast of HBO’s The Wire and on the set of National Treasure 2.

M Salon, 1131 S. Charles St., 410-685-0089. Marion Lambropoulos, owner of M Salon delivered her first child in late March, but it was two years ago that she gave birth to this chichi Federal Hill salon. Lambropoulos drew inspiration from the hip vibe of W Hotels (think Phillipe Starck Ghost chairs, gold walls, exposed brick, and an open color lab) and also used a feng shui book to help create balance and harmony (she says that the large, light-filled windows help the chi enter the space). The adjacent retail space, M Vanity, is like an adult candy shop, laden with every conceivable beauty product by Paul Mitchell, Obagi, and Sebastian, plus fancy nail kits and hair accessories. Unlike many area salons and spas, M has purposely avoided expanding beyond hair care to remain fully focused on doing one thing really well, and the majority of the salon’s nine stylists have certification as international master color artists.

Morgan Gerard, 101 Annapolis St., Annapolis, 410-263-1812. If you want to walk down the aisle in style, might we suggest Morgan Gerard? Owners Todd Morgan August and Michael Curry specialize in bridal hair, makeup application, and spa treatments—from a refresher facial to body bronzing—designed to calm those wedding day jitters. (It’s no wonder they were recently featured on Lifetime TV’s Weddings of a Lifetime.) But the services don’t end there. Morgan Gerard is 3,500 square feet (with a sizeable expansion on the way) of pure luxury and indulgence. The folks at Morgan Gerard, also responsible for turning ducklings into swans on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, are known for authentic-looking extensions made of human hair, a long list of massages and body treatments, and services for men including sports manicures and pedicures, color (“I always keep a little gray in to help it look real,” reveals Curry), and executive men’s facials. When beauty treatments beckon, consider listing Morgan Gerard under “Favorites” in your car’s GPS system.

Mt. Washington Spa, 1600 Kelly Ave., 410-664-3400. Looking to be queen for a day? Mt. Washington Spa offers one of the only 24-karat gold facials in town (though at $275 for 90 minutes, you might need some royal roots to afford it). Dating to Cleopatra, whom historians believe slept in a gold mask every night, pure gold is thought to slow down collagen depletion and stimulate cellular growth for softer, suppler skin. Mt. Washington’s focus is on deluxe spa services in a calm, discreet, Tuscan-inspired setting and is a favorite stop for Ravens’ and Orioles’ wives. The Spa also offers a caviar wrap to help tone and tighten, a European treatment for reducing cellulite, a “Mother 2 Be” facial, and an apple wine peel. Owner Vesna Stojanovic’s waxing is legendary around town. (She averages about 250 Brazilians a month.) Stylists are equally impressive: Melanie Fahey-Nielsen is Joico International’s director of education, Quentin Harris is a former set stylist for Sex & the City. And for all those ladies who think New York is the only place where you can get a good haircut, once a month, several Manhattan stylists, including Hubert Cartier from the famed Frederic Fekkai & Company, set up shop at the Mt. Washington Spa. (Alas, they still charge New York prices—cuts are $150.)

Quinntessential Gentleman, 31 S. Calvert St., 410-685-SHAVE. Let’s face it, most men are not comfortable going to a salon and barbershops can be chop shops where hair is shortened more than styled. Quinntessential Gentleman has filled a niche in the heart of downtown Baltimore as a throwback to 18th-century England, when genteel barbershops, otherwise known as “tonsorial parlors,” elevated shaving and shearing to an art form. (Think Sweeney Todd minus the meat pies.) Frequented by T. Rowe Price and Legg Mason types, Quinntessential Gentleman is the kind of gentlemen’s club where men can get a straight razor shave, a hot towel barber facial, an old-fashioned shoe shine, or play a round of pool or chess. This shop also carries an outstanding line of imported shaving accessories such as Truefitt & Hill, silver tip badger brushes, and stainless steel wallets. Swedish and deep tissue massages and business manicures are also available, and it’s a popular place for upscale bachelor parties.

The Red Door Spa, Village of Cross Keys, 42 Village Square, 410-323-3636. We’ve long known Baltimore is a town on the move, but the opening of The Red Door Spa three years ago helped seal the deal. The Zen getaway (also in such world-class cities as San Francisco, London, and Chicago) continues to set the gold standard, with watery blue glass mosaic tiles, brushed stainless steel, orchids set in river rocks, red velvet furniture, and every spa service you can think of. There are 10 types of massage (including a hot stone massage or a calming abhyanga massage), three kinds of body masks and wraps (warm shea butter body melt, purifying seaweed wrap), and six types of pedicures (olive oil pedicure, “heeling” pedicure). This Elizabeth Arden salon also specializes in makeup application and consultation and offers a state-of-the-art custom color computerized skin scanner to help you select the proper foundation, eye, and lip color to match your skin tone. And just in case you wake up in the middle of the night with a spa craving, Red Door offers an easy-to-use online appointment service to book your next date with beauty.

ReNew Organic Day Spa, 843 W. 36th St., 410-400-2745. At ReNew Organic Day Spa green is the new black. And who better to bring us Baltimore’s first holistic, organic day spa than former Hopkins scientist and licensed massage therapist Sherrie Tennessee and her partner, lifelong environmentalist, alternative medicine specialist, and certified esthetician Shelley Birnbaum? As the name implies, this intimate, tranquil day spa will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and begging for another Bali Beach salt glow body treatment or ReNew signature massage. With eco-friendly paint, cork flooring, the complete line of Earth Mama Angel Baby products (organic body care for new moms and moms to be), plus exclusive Lotus Moon natural skin therapies, this is one spa that practices what it preaches. In addition to top-notch treatments, what sets this spa apart is Tennessee and Birnbaum’s eagerness to educate. Every client receives printed information about the benefits of their calming service. Frankly, it calms us just to know that it’s possible to care for body, mind, and Mother Earth all at the same time.

Robert Andrew: The Salon & Spa, 1328 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, 301-261-3844. If you’re looking for a spa and salon that has just about every conceivable amenity, and you don’t mind taking a short road trip to the Annapolis area, Robert Andrew: The Salon & Spa should beckon. At 22,000 square feet, this Tuscan-themed spot is the mother of all salon/spas in the Mid-Atlantic, with services to spare, from multicultural hair services (styling, braiding, relaxing, and texturizing) to pumpkin enzyme facials, to special suites for couples with soaking tubs and full body massage. There’s also a medical spa with dermal fillers, laser hair reduction, sclerotherapy (spider vein treatment), and foot Botox. We’re not the only ones who think this place is paradise. Robert Andrew has won countless awards—both locally and from national industry publications—since it opened in 2002.

Salon 36, 6 Park Center Ct., Owings Mills, 410-363-6900. Want an insider’s tip? Salon 36 is the salon most recommended by our hair professionals. Certainly, the salon itself—with its warm woods, pumpkin-hued walls, and gold mirrors—is part of the allure. But the real secret is owner Eddie Seidel, who defected from the nearby Zibazz five years ago. Seidel is known for shaping hair in such a way that you can also imitate it at home without wrestling with gels, pomades, or special brushes. “I don’t even call it a hair cut,” Seidel says. “I cut dry hair and build shapes and cut hair from the inside out. I want it to look good the next day when you do it yourself.” Fiercely fashion-forward clients from Delaware, D.C., Pennsylvania, and even California cross borders to let Seidel work his magic.

Scene 217, 217 Albemarle St., 410-244-0647. At Scene 217, owner Debbie Ingrao immediately greets her customers with, “Are you hungry, hon? We’d be happy to order you lunch.” Of course, Ingrao—who left Studio 1612 to open her own salon last year—works in the heart of Little Italy, where food is always a topic of conversation. Of all the salons we visited, we’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier, more customer-oriented salon. Need a recommendation on where to get a great dress or handbag in Charm City? Need a reservation at Chiapparelli’s? Ingrao and her staff will happily help. The salon’s customers include most of Little Italy’s restaurateurs and, with its big storefront window, it’s the kind of place where passersby sometimes just stop in for a cup of coffee or to chat with “the girls.” In addition to great, often edgy, cuts and color, this boutique salon sponsors events such as “Mom’s Night Out,” with free makeup and hair tips, and free consultations by beauty bigwigs such as Alison Raffaele, a former Bobbi Brown makeup artist who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, and Alicia Keys.

Spa in the Valley, 118 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, 410-771-0200. One of our favorite spa spaces in town is the Tuscan Room at Spa in the Valley. This dimly lit area—with a warm jetted pool, plush lounge chairs, a eucalyptus steam room (great for alleviating sinus issues), a sauna, and an invigorating Swiss shower (with 12 separate jets)—is complimentary and can be used for a full hour before any spa service. In addition to a full range of to-die-for spa services, such as a cinnamon and paprika cellulite treatment, a sugar plum and spice facial, and a cucumber body butter masque, this spa offers themed seasonal and holiday specials (a chocolate and roses facial for Valentine’s Day, for instance) that make a great gift for the one you love. It’s no wonder that Spa in the Valley was just voted one of the Top 200 spas in the country by Salon Today trade magazine.

Spa Santé, 1429 Aliceanna St., 410-534-0009. We always dug Spa Santé for its uber-chic industrial décor, state-of-the-art medi-spa, and super-convenient address in the trendy Harbor East neighborhood. But lately things have been really hoppin’ on the hair end, too, and there’s one reason why: Chas. Yup, the longtime Baltimore hairstylist and bon vivant has moved his entire operation to Spa Santé’s ground floor (all of the mani-pedi stations have joined the spa services upstairs). So what’s hot on the spa end? A medi-spa for Botox and Restylane injections and an array of spa packages that include Baby and Me (prenatal massage, organic mani-pedi, and a European facial) and the unisex Boardroom (executive facial, mani-pedi, haircut, and scalp treatment).

Sprout, 925 W. 36th St., 410-235-2269. The first thing you notice on a visit to Sprout is that it doesn’t smell like your high school chemistry lab—none of the formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfates, methyl paraben, ammonia, and other toxins used in most salons. And though it has never been scientifically proven that getting a haircut is good for your health, our bet is that the Surgeon General would happily endorse Sprout, which uses only good-for-the-planet products. Sprout is Charm City’s first eco-friendly salon, and the “green theme” is carried out everywhere—from the bamboo flooring to the energy efficient fluorescent lights, to the soy-based business cards, vinegar cleaning products, and organic Aubrey hair-care products. They even recycle the hair they cut (it’s turned into sponges that help clean oil spills)! Sprout’s clientele runs the gamut from Hampden hipsters to local trendsetters to pregnant women who can even get color, usually a prenatal no-no.

Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa, 921 E. Fort Ave., 410-783-7727. At Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa it’s hard to go more than a few feet without encountering Buddha—be it a bust, a hand-painted mural, or reclining statuary. That’s because the salon’s motto: “Where style and wellness meet,” reflects business partners Judy Sulisufaj Kelly and Colleen Smith and their focus on both the physical and spiritual side of beauty. “How you feel on the inside very much reflects how you feel on the outside,” says Smith. In addition to the usual hair straightening, cutting, and styling services, there are seasonal body scrubs and wraps and reflexology treatments. The spa also offers a unique dual-practioner rehabilitation massage in which two massage therapists work on one client at a time. Now, that’s the kind of pampering we could get used to!

Studio 1612, 1501 Sulgrave Ave., 410-664-3010. What’s in a number? A lot, apparently. Before Scene 217, Bliss 7, Salon 36, and Studio One Eleven, there was Studio 1612. And though this fixture in the village of Mt. Washington has changed locations (the 1612 part used to reference an old address), the 16-year-old salon still remains the place to go if you want fashion-forward cuts in a friendly and relaxed neighborhood setting. Owners Karen Bialozynski and Judy Weidel have more than 50 years of cutting experience between them and are two of the most talented and down-to-earth women in the biz. Not only does 1612 routinely send its stylists to New York for hair seminars, they have a wildly successful apprentice program (sometimes it seems like half the stylists in town were trained at 1612). A bonus from that apprentice program? The salon’s menu of services—from haircuts and cellophanes to nails and facials—ranges in price according to the experience level of the stylist or esthetician. But be assured, they won’t let you out of the salon if you don’t look—and feel—great.

Uno, The Salon, 10751 Falls Rd., Suite 106, Brooklandville, 410-821-9080. There are few stylists in town who have earned the right to be known on a first name only basis, but Uno of Uno, The Salon, is one of them. Simply put, Uno (whose last name, for the record, is Tuluoglu and whose real first name is Unal, Turkish for famous) has a ken for cutting hair. He is known for the quality of his contemporary and classic cuts and color, which keeps celebrity clients, such as WJZ-TV anchor Sally Thorner, and WBAL’s Lisa Robinson, coming through his Green Spring Station glass doors (makeup artist Trish McEvoy even stops by whenever she’s in town promoting her cosmetic’s line at Nordstrom). The native Turk, whose client list in Istanbul included former First Lady of Turkey, Senra Ozal, is so popular, some Uno fans come to him up to four times a week for washing, drying, and “tzujing.”

You, Salon Inc., 4785 Dorsey Hall Dr., Ellicott City, 443-367-0200. Unlike some salons where you might be tempted to switch stylists but fear embarrassment, at You, Salon Inc. clients are encouraged to try each of the six stylists. “We are working for the client,” says owner Robin Gribbin. “From the beginning, we tell our clients, they should try all of our stylists. They can go to one person for color and another for cut. And if you move to someone else’s chair, we’ll still come over and say hello.” Of course, clients can comfortably make a switch because consistency is a point of pride for You, Salon, the sole salon chosen to do hair and makeup for Fox 45’s Make Me Over Show. The salon has a strong apprenticeship program, which means that every stylist receives additional training from Gribbin, a former Redken educator and her son, Jason, a Redken educator, on the latest trends, tips, and techniques.

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