"Best Place to Get a Haircut"
-Best of Baltimore Readers' Poll 2009, Baltimore City Paper
"Top 100 Salons in the United States"
-Elle Magazine, August 2009
"Clients aren't accosted with the smell of ammonia when they walk inside. Instead, they're greeted by natural fragrances like flowers and coconuts."
-E, The Environmental Magazine, March/April 2009
"The 20-minute head massage you get prior to coiffing borders on orgasmic. Although that would by all rights be plenty, stylist Naomi Greene subsequently turns ordinary heads of hair into movable art. A lithe early-twentysomething, Greene speaks softly in your ear and magically makes you look cooler than you ever thought possible."
-Best Hairstylist: Naomi Greene, Best of Baltimore 2008, Baltimore City Paper
"Best Place to Get a Haircut"
-Best of Baltimore Readers' Poll 2008, Baltimore City Paper
"Rachael Epstein 'reclaimed' her salon's floors from other renovation projects and buys all her washcloths at thrift stores."
-Hair's How Magazine: Green Issue, August 2008
"Best Organic Salon"
-Best of Baltimore 2008, Baltimore Magazine
"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."
-Baltimore Magazine's Top Salons & Spas, 2008
"Hints of lavender intermingle with sun rays in the open space of Sprout: An Organic Salon...'Everyone is down-to-earth, friendly, low-key,' said Mr. Preller (owner and proprietor of Hampden Hall), 'yet you get the best cut in town there.'"
-Baltimore Jewish Times, March 2008
"Stylist Leah Taylor's work from Sprout's Winter 2007 Photo Shoot was selected for international hair magazine publication."
-Hair Now Magazine, UK February 2008
"Best Dressed: Rachael Epstein"
-Baltimore Magazine's Top 10 Best Dressed List, February 2008
"Environmentally conscious hipsters in Baltimore, MD, finally have a hair salon to call their own."
-American Salon Magazine, December 2007
"The sign out front is fashioned from a recycled sheet of scrap metal. The floors are crafted from fast-growing bamboo, so that trees didn't have to be cut down....'And all our hair care products are made without artificial chemicals,' says Rachael Epstein, co-owner of Sprout."
-Baltimore Sun, September 2007
"Friendly and laid-back yet charming and professional, he quickly puts us at ease. He listens to our complaints about our lame locks and asks questions to get an idea of what it is we're looking for, then gets to work cutting, razoring, shaping, shearing, and styling. When he's done, our hair always looks way better than we ever thought it could, and we actually find ourselves looking forward to our next appointment."
-Best Hairstylist: Cliff Butler, Best of Baltimore 2007, Baltimore City Paper
"Clients at Hampden's brand-new Sprout: An Organic Salon can rest assured that when they visit the freshly rehabbed storefront, they'll not only get a super-stylish cut but will be supporting a sustainable environment, as well."
-Top Salons & Spas 2007, Baltimore Magazine
"Best Hypo-Allergenic Salon"
-Best of Baltimore 2007, Baltimore Magazine
“With [Rachael's] stunning looks, tattoos and blue hair, she looks like the lead singer in a rock band. But this delightfully kickin’ earth mother has just opened Sprout, a cutting-edge organic salon in Hampden where the buzz word is ‘green.’
“Patrons of Sprout get a truly organic experience, from the soy-based business cards, to the shampoo, conditioner and styling products, to the vinegar water used to scrub the floors.”
-Style, April 2007
“We’ve all come to appreciate the benefits of an organic diet, but what about organic beauty products? That’s a question that has plagued Rachael Epstein for years. A veteran hairstylist, Epstein espouses an organic lifestyle rich in seasonal foods, but found that her occupation was often at odds with her diet. Many hair dyes, shampoos and conditioners are mixed with chemical components that can be harmful when absorbed through the skin. Epstein resolved her conundrum in November 2006 by opening Sprout: An Organic Salon, in which she uses and sells only all-organic hair care lines.”
-Urbanite, January 2007
“Being in the chic, minimalist salon (a former Sandy’s Dollar Store on West 36th Street) was an experience in itself. Rachael and Sprout look right at home in artsy, funky Hampden.”
-Baltimore Messenger, January 2007