Newbury Street has a plethora of hair salons lining each side of the fashionable Back Bay strip, many of which can be very pricey. But there is one hidden gem, known as Persona, where the hip stylists cut some of the trendiest looks in town. Located on the second floor of a chic building, the minimalistic black and white space is long, with contemporary treatment chairs running along one side. That’s where stylists cut, blow dry, color and straighten unruly hair. Persona, which is the official salon sponsor of the Miss Massachusetts USA and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA pageants, also offers highlights, Keratin treatments, hair extensions, bridal hairstyling, and, of course, pageant consultation.
What makes it great: hospital-grade sterilization techniques; luxurious add-ons such as extended massages and paraffin treatments; men’s manicures with unscented lotions;
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What makes it great: chic Newbury Street location open seven days per week, non-toxic smoothing treatments, and a staff whose work has appeared in the pages of Boston Magazine and Allure and at New York Fashion Week
Newbury Electrology founder Deborah Kennedy holds a degree in Medical Electrology. But she also understands that self-confidence often begins where blemishes end. Deborah uses electrolysis and results-oriented skincare treatments to help clients overcome the obstacles that hinder beauty and confidence. Electrolysis, the marquee service, is an FDA-approved hair-removal treatment that stops hair growth at the root, thereby preventing unwanted growth on the face, body, or lucky rabbit's foot. The skin care specialist also offers DermaSound ultrasonic treatments improving fine lines and wrinkles, acne and rosacea, rendering skin smooth and unblemished. In 20 years of business, Newbury Electrology has expanded its menu of treatments to also include custom blend foundation, creating just the right combination for your skin tone and type.
The style stalwarts at Supercuts have trimmed, toned, and honed the domes of hair-bearing hominids for decades. Walk-ins and waltz-ins are always welcome seven days a week at any of Supercuts' locations. The experienced stylists can accommodate cuts ranging from quick, careful mop maintenance to a more buzzworthy beehive for hypnotizing local grizzlies. Each scissor-handed specialist will draw from a vat of experience, leveraging quality hair products from Paul Mitchell and others to infuse your filaments with a winsome glow and creative coiffure.
Over the course of her two-decade career, makeup artist and aesthetician Robin Erb has dolled up brides for more than 150 weddings and helped her studio win praise on CBS Boston’s list of "Best Places for Eyelash Extensions." Using unique methods she learned throughout the years, she flatters clients' facial features with expertly applied makeup and skin-rejuvenating treatments. Instead of blowing really hard on strands until they fall out, she swiftly removes unwanted hair from the premises using soy-based wax, which is easy on sensitive skin. Even the wildest brows leave Robin Erb Skin Care domesticated and well-behaved after an eyebrow maintenance session, which factors in the client's face shape and features.