What happens when six well-regarded and well-established hair and makeup experts team up? The Makeup Artists, a collaborative of professionals with more than 35 years of combined experience and training, ready to help anyone, from a bridal party to a movie star, look great. This floating band of beautifiers work mainly on-site, dishing out private in-home makeup lessons or working celebrity events around Boston, then dolling up runway walkers for fashion shows. The hairstylists specialize in hair extensions and use cutting-edge techniques to achieve any look desired, be it for a professional gig to private occasion. The accolades for all of the six are extensive, reassuring clients that they can be trusted with their appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.