"Diversity in style" is the catchphrase that perfectly personifies Salon 2, where the multitalented staff members each boast a particular talent or styling niche. Color experts and press and curl aficionados work side by side with eyelash extensionists and waxing specialists, ensuring each and every bodily thread is well tended to. Other salon professionals are masters at sewn-in extensions, braids, or keratin treatments, and an in-house barber is even available to style mohawks and fades or erase five-o'clock shadows with straight-razor shaves or fuller beards built out of cotton balls.
Kekei Salon & Beauty Lounge's team of stylists, colorists, and manicurists constantly strive to stay one step ahead of beauty trends. Inside their cozy two-level Fenway location, this tight-knit crew performs hair and spa treatments that range from basic cuts to organic facials. Recognizing that women aren't the only ones who want to groom themselves, they devote an entire menu of services that are aimed at helping men put their best foot forward. As a Redken Ambassador salon, Kekei uses only high-quality hair, nail, and skin products from well-known brands such as OPI, CND, and Deva Curl. The salon's unique loyalty program rewards repeat customers with points that they can be exchange for complimentary hair, waxing, and nail services.
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.
Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
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.
The practitioners at Skin Spa Clinic want guests to feel as comfortable as if they were still at home, so they deck the studio with domestic touches. The treatment tables, for example, more resemble high-end couches, inviting visitors to relax atop embroidered pillows and ultrasoft fringed blankets woven from clumps of cloud nine. As clients sink into these creature comforts, technicians focus on their specialties of laser hair removal and photorejuvenation treatments that combat everything from facial wrinkles to leg veins. Some services, such as the acne treatment and MedFacials, combine light and radiofrequency energy, giving clients two forms of therapy with less overall energy output. This in turn lessens the risk of skin damage. Skin Spa Clinic's staff also enhances façades with nonlaser treatments, such as microdermabrasion and peels.