Those looking to acquire an eye-catching 'do or snip out a particularly clingy candy apple from their hair can do so with confidence at La Mirage. One of the staff of experienced snippists begins each appointment with a consultation that considers each customer’s skin tone, facial shape, personality, and time spent around helicopters. Opt for services such as a haircut ($40–$60), blow dry and set ($32–$40), or a classy updo ($65–$90) while enjoying a complimentary shampoo and conditioning. Otherwise, cut down on wind resistance during competitive make-out sessions with a sleek, aerodynamic upper-lip waxing ($12) before obtaining a relaxing 50-minute European facial ($75) that applies a moisturizing sheen and repels nocturnal forest critters.
Robert Berberian has been running salons since he was just 24 years old. He and his wife Elizabeth, both master stylists and colorists, have assembled a team of equally qualified hair experts who cut, color, and condition hair at Roberts Salon and Spa. Several of them are specially trained with So.Cap hair extensions, which are made with real human hair, much like an alarming greeting card. The aesthetician on staff pampers skin with facials and waxing treatments, and the nail tech adorns digits with OPI varnish and nail art featuring flowers and abstract designs.
Skintelligent Face & Body Spa pampers bone bags with an array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Tickle your visage with one of the spa’s facials, such as the Ultimate exfoliating facial ($95), which draws on the powers of glycolic or lactic acid to remove outer layers of dead skin, revealing youthful undercells that glow like a snowman in a bowling alley full of black lights. Carcasses are relaxed into states of blissful torpor with bodycare services, such as the hot-stone back treatment ($85), which exfoliates and detoxifies skin with a mud scrub before a hot-stone application and massage sap out muscle-bound stress. Nail services such as manicures ($17) and pedicures ($38) keep extremities safely coated in chromatic polish, and waxing removes unwanted hair from areas ranging from the upper lip ($8) to entire legs ($80), leaving skin drag-free for office water-polo retreats.
Lisa Swasey, a stylist at Loxx by Justine, draws on more than a decade of industry experience to keep coiffures looking their best. She specializes in painting flattering highlights onto manes and framing faces with a precise french haircutting technique. In addition, she uses products by brands such as Kevin.Murphy and Keratin Complex to smooth frizz and imbue strands with shine.
For 15 years, Riah Salon’s staff has pampered clients with more than 60 beauty and relaxation treatments. They accomplish all of them with personalized attention, including cuts and colorings, keratin straightening treatments, perms, and hair extensions. Laser hair removal, waxes, mani-pedis, and facials fill out their extensive collection of indulgent services.
The front windows of Elan Salon Inc. reflect a quintessential New England scene—brick sidewalks, old-fashioned lampposts, and shingled Victorian houses lining a winding street near Wedge Pond. Inside, however, the salon recalls some idealized desert vista—huge, brushy potted bushes span a twilight-colored wall, and minimalistic styling stations inhabit a vast expanse of light hardwood. Services are a mix of classic techniques and modern trends, including balayage highlights (applied freehand rather than with foils or a spray gun), keratin straightening, and Shellac polish.