It may be small, but Novo Visual Beauty Salon contains everything customers need to get ready for a night on the town or enjoy a simple afternoon all to themselves. Hair, nail, and waxing experts share the cozy salon space, which is filled with the sound of style-setting blow dryers, frantic scissors, and friendly chatter in both English and Spanish. The salon's specialty is custom cuts and color services for the whole family, but those in search of something extra will find the staff equally adept at perms, relaxers, and keratin treatments—which help to calm frizz and get hair back into its skinny hats.
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Villa Giovana Day Spa's treatments are designed to be gentle on the environment as well as on its clients. During manicures, for instance, hands sink into organic salts, scrubs, and lotions before they're crowned with vegan polish. Airbrush tanning imparts a golden glow without undergoing UV rays' withering glares, and facials cleanse and nourish to create beauty from healthy skin. Soy-based hair removers keep follicles clear, and body scrubs naturally exfoliate.
MiniLuxe's stable of pamperers ensures sanitary and up-to-date beautification services by receiving regular consult from podiatrists and doctors, and autoclaving their instruments to achieve 100% sterilization. The 30-minute basic manicure shapes, buffs, and colors nails more quickly than dipping digits in melted copper and letting them rust. During the 45-minute KleanSpa fig and fern pedicure, technicians massage paws with a Blue Hawaii specialty scrub and hydrating lotion inflected with the scents of fresh figs, lush ferns, and vanilla. Alternatively, feet steep in paraben-free LaLicious-brand essential oils and scrubs during a 45-minute LaLicious sugar kiss pedicure, a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla. Friendly staffers perform each service, answering lingering questions about nail maintenance or calluses shaped like Ronald Reagan.
After popping up onto the beauty landscape more than four decades ago, Salon Monte Carlo stretched locations across Massachusetts to pamper hair, nails, and bodies. Amid shelves of products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and L'Oreal, stylists color, protect, and condition strands so that clients can flip elegant hair at a party or use locks to lasso cattle at a rodeo. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians cleanse pores and purify surfaces and massage therapists perform gentle acupressure techniques to remove tension. Salon Monte Carlo's newly expanded nail area welcomes clients with leather pedicure thrones, soft curtains, and pristine manicure tables so they can have their nails shined up without lying in the path of a floor waxer.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.