Style & Shopping

Go-to Salons for a Post-Pandemic Refresh

We’ve got you covered with this quick list of salons you need to know about for every hair and beauty need.
Leah Taylor, owner of Smoke + Mirrors. —Photography by Christopher Myers

How’s your hair? Don’t feel badly: If you’re like a lot of people, it’s seen better days. During the height of the pandemic, many folks let their tresses go wild and gray. Now, as society slowly opens back up, more of us are ready to get back in the salon chair, which makes it a perfect time for a fresh new look. Looking to go natural? Or maybe get that hipster mullet? We’ve got you covered with this quick list of salons you need to know about for every hair and beauty need.

Diaspora Salon
Charles Village’s Diaspora Salon is more than your average neighborhood beauty spot. Customers are welcomed to an inviting atmosphere, engaged in open conversation, and leave feeling rejuvenated. Plus, a big part of their mission is to preserve Diasporic cultures and use holistic products. 2412 N. Charles St., 410- 366-8700

Smoke + Mirrors
To achieve that quintessentially unconventional style, head to Hampden’s Smoke + Mirrors. Stylists here are more than hairdressers: they’re creatives. Mullets, shags, bold color, editorial glam—there’s nothing this salon can’t do. Bonus points for being self- described as “sustainable luxury” and using only the best environmentally friendly products. 725 W. 36th St., 667-930-3974

Ash + Oak Salon
A shiny blonde, a seamless balayage, a bouncy cut: If you’re going for that effortless look, head to Ash + Oak. Over the pandemic, this Catonsville salon actually expanded, opening a second location on Hampden’s 36th Street—and we know why. Amanda Hancock and her team of stylists have that special intuition for crafting styles that perfectly suit their clients’ needs. Two locations, including 700 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, 443-860-9162

Tranquille Hair & Body
Sometimes you need to just take the day for yourself—that’s where Tranquille Hair & Body comes in. Open since 2009, this Towson salon has grown to become a local treasure, offering everything from hair styling to facials, wax- ing, and massages. And they’ve got brides covered, too, with a whole suite of services to get you big-day ready. 414 Delaware Ave., Towson, 410-832-2639

Laboratorie is a certified Green Circle Salon, meaning they’re able to divert nearly 90 percent of waste from landfills and can repurpose leftover chemicals, while the salon itself is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. They use several organic hair brands, and, oh yeah, they give really great haircuts, too. 735 Deepdene Rd., 410-435-0805