A haircut at Bradley & Diegel runs between $70 and $125, depending on the skilled stylist wielding the scissors. All stylists give a free consultation before they lop off a single lock, which is much more helpful than the government-mandated pep talk before the purchase of a baby turtle. During this consultation, you'll agree upon what sort of look you want to achieve. If your hair has begun to resemble a black-and-white film, B&D's colorists will turn your tresses to Technicolor with single-process roots ($70–$95), ends ($20–$30), or highlights ($90–$240).
Studio 9 specializes in sculpting streamlined and symmetrical eyebrows; Boston magazine named it Best Brow Shaper in 2008, and InStyle picked it for Best Boston Brows in its 2009 Beauty Black Book. Let one of these talented pluckists give your brows a look of surprise just in time for gift-receiving season ($45 for sculpting). Or, opt for a haircut in the latest style ($35–$100) or a conditioning treatment with a head massage ($25). A member of the Boston Wedding Group, Studio 9 has excelled at bridal and prom hairdos (updos start at $65) and a special 'do for proms that turn into weddings. Perfectly coifed clients treat their digits to a luxurious spa manicure ($30). A full range of makeup services includes expert application of false lashes and pupil-illuminating eye makeup ($60).
Mark Bollman, founder of Ball and Buck, exclusively stocks jeans, shirts, jackets, and hunting gear made in America. He has also built a Boston born clothing label and haberdashery. By avoiding subpar products produced overseas, he aims to foster a connection between customers and craftsmen, as well as support American manufacturers. Bollman’s concept has gained the admiration of national press, including a spotlight feature in GQ. In addition to its responsible business model, Ball and Buck supports its own Ball and Buck–brand products with a lifetime guarantee. Ball and Buck also provides barber services for men and supplies its clients with a glass of scotch or cold beer.
When its doors first opened, Hair Garden Salon became a dream fulfilled for owner Maria Affeln. She developed a passion for hairstyling as a teenager in Brazil, which she pursued after moving to the U.S., training across the country until she had the skill set and resources to open her own salon. Her philosophy is that hair should be treated like a plant—constantly nourished and checked for rabbit warrens—to make sure it receives the proper nutrients and grows healthily. She and her staff use OrganiColorSystem color, perm, and keratin products that transform hair without harmful chemicals. The roster of services also includes haircuts for men and women, lash extensions, and waxing services.
With custom cuts and artistic color jobs, Leeba Salon's team of stylists creates runway-ready looks. Sometimes those styles even grace actual runways. The team has styled models for fashion shows in New York, LA, and several other major cities. Their savvy shines at their home salon, too, where they enhance even wash-and-go styles with a touch of flair. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians tend to physiques with spa services such as waxing and pore-cleansing facials, which can remove the dirt build-up and evil spirits that collect below the surface.