maniQ is a full-service nail salon located in Dorchester, Masachusetts. The company’s vision is to re-invent the nail salon concept by raising it to a new level and ultimately, turning it into a destination. The idea is to offer treatments in an environment that is fun, clean, and relaxing to be in.
Fresh Hair nurtures elegant, eco-friendly noggin-tops, cultivating smooth, silky tendrils with organic keratin treatments and protecting the planet with water heated by solar panels. An approximately 10-minute consultation screens mops before signing them up for a full restoration job, selecting those that have been overworked by dyes and perms, exhibit natural frizz, or are tired of moonlighting as actual mops. To begin 90-minute sleeking sessions, dexterous hands section off strands for saturation with KeraGreen's gentle formula. Fortified with olive and jojoba oils, collagen, silk, and a host of other natural extracts, the formaldehyde-free serum seeps into open cuticles to repair damage and restore moisture. Nourished hair then seeks out hot kisses blown by a dryer or the warm embrace of a straightening iron to seal in the treatment, resulting in a manageable, radiant mane.
G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.
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.
The least fun part of getting your nails done, aside from no longer getting to see your reflection in your pinky, is waiting for the polish to dry. Luckily, Paradise Nail & Spa seats its customers by the building's beautiful bay windows, where waiting feels more like basking in the sun. The table gives guests opportunity to watch the goings-on in the spa, as well: technicians cleaning up cuticles, performing massages, and painting nails with both regular and no-chip polish.