Residents of the North End don’t have to go to Newbury Street for a great haircut. Instead, they can book an appointment at Philip’s Salon on Hanover Street. The small contemporary stylist is located just a few steps from the waterfront and away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant zone that Hanover Street is so well known for. From single-process colors, partial highlights and conditioning glosses to trendy cuts, creative blowouts and straightening treatments, the trained stylists recommend new looks based on hair texture and face shape. They also offer hair removal services for bikini, back, eyebrow, lip and underarms, all from inside their brick storefront, touched off with warming wood tones and light wooden floors.
At Adara Spa, beauty curators help shape physiques with microcurrent technology and perform waxing and nail services with the goal of bringing out each guest's innate beauty. Microcurrent facials and body treatments help tighten the skin, kick-starting the cogs of the body’s fat-burning system and removing any jerky sticks wedged in its gears. High-quality salon and spa products, including offerings from OPI, Pure Fiji, and G.M. Collin, fill Adara's shelves and stylists' arsenals, allowing staffers to pair skill with rich, effective solutions.
As a nurse working in intensive care, Antonette "Toni" Dardeno, an RN and certified medical laser safety officer who was a contributing author in CMLSOs' Best Practices in Medical Laser Safety, saw firsthand how advanced medical equipment could change lives. It wasn’t until her personal experience with a dermatologist, however, that she understood the effects lasers could have on the skin. Though this experience became the catalyst for her interest in skincare and medical-grade lasers, it was her passion to help others that led her to establish Laser Enhanced Therapies.
At this laser-centric med spa, Toni and medical adviser Dr. Elliot Lach treat patients with two types of advanced Candela lasers designed to effectively eliminate unwanted hair and leg veins and firm aging skin on a variety of epidermal types. A trained laser technician or nurse reaches for the GentleLase 755 system for pale complexions, while employing GentleYAG 1064 system for those with a darker skin tone. In addition to laser treatments, Toni and crew also clear complexions with facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, which they enhance with paraben-free MyChelle Dermaceuticals, IMAGE, and Aubrey Organics products.
As the seasons change, so too do the styles. The stylists at Bangs of Boston understand that the haircut that gets you through the winter might not be the one that makes a splash during your spring debut. That’s why they consult with each client before the first snip, collaborating to craft a new cut that’s both fashionable and functional. From traditional to funky, they can create any desired look, and provide Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts in addition to cuts and colors. Plant-derived Aveda haircare products enhance the already relaxing styling experience with whiffs of soothing scents like rosemary mint, signifying the botanical therapies taking place within the serums.
George Kelloyan knows how to treat celebrity manes—both Christina Applegate and Fergie trusted their tresses to his adept hands, which have been trained in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. Today, George draws on 20 years of experience as he leads and educates his stylists at El Coco International Salon & Day Spa. These artisans perform their services with plant-sourced Aveda products, such as conditioners with natural, mood-altering aromas and texture lotions infused with organic marshmallow root that go great with s'mores. Stylists tint coiffures with bold primary colors and natural hues, which brim with conditioning plant oils that prevent damage and lock in shine. Staffers also up the ante of relaxation with mani-pedis, waxing, and Aveda-inspired massages. For their hard work, these artisans have received best-of awards from Vogue and Improper Bostonian.
At FrancesRay Jules Salon, stylists shear, color, and straighten tresses, polish nails, and pamper skinscapes, earning laud as having Boston?s Best Waxing by CityVoter in 2009 and voted as best salon in 2006 and 2007. Expert hands style manes into elegant updos and brush Jules Makeup over eyes and cheeks before wedding ceremonies or bouquet-toss cage matches. Epidermises rejuvenate with facials, waxing, and body treatments such as an exfoliating body glow with sea salts and essential oils. FrancesRay Jules Salon's aestheticians wield professional products as they transform exteriors, treating nails to OPI polish and locks to Farouk BioSilk and Moroccanoil to leave locks stronger than a bodybuilding grizzly bear.