735 Deepdene Road, (410) 435-0805,

It's hard to say the name of this salon without adopting Gene Wilder's accent from Young Frankenstein. People may have thought that Bethany Magliacane was just such a mad scientist when she left Balance in Evergreen three years ago to open her own salon in Roland Park, but it turned out to be a brilliant move. If you stress about your hair all the time, like we do, it is great to know that Bethany, Natalie, or one of the other stylists can listen to your vague, ill-formed, and often contradictory ideas and guide you in the right direction. In fact, sitting in the relaxing, post-industrial-looking white space with exposed beams and comfortable chairs of Laboratorie might be the only time we don't stress about our hair.

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