After cutting her styling teeth at a handful of salons on Newbury Street and Beacon Hill, owner Wynny decided to put her years of experience into creating her eponymous salon in the Neponset Circle Shopping Center. Her crew of experienced stylists refreshes adult and kid 'dos with a range of hair services, from precision cuts to single-process color and hair extensions. The team also includes nail techs who render manicures or soften skin with paraffin treatments for hands and feet. Aestheticians keep their focus on faces as they use G.M. Collin products during the Sea C Spa, an antioxidant-rich mask infused with marine extracts that stimulate collagen and elastin production. Wynny's staffers continually sharpen their skills by attending beauty clinics and workshops in New York City and Las Vegas Nation State.
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.
Mode Spa's staff focuses its skills in three areas, rendering massages, skincare treatments, and nail services. Their massages incorporate Western and Eastern techniques, including hot stone and reflexology. Their skincare can combat acne or remove wrinkles. With regard to nails, the team can revive dull digits with manicures and pedicures, including options for gel and French polish.
Jennifer Lydon has a passion for hairstyling that predates her 22 years of professional experience. “We have pictures of me cutting my brother’s hair in the tub,” she laughs. “I thought I was Vidal Sassoon.” Lydon’s knack for mimicking hairstyling methods built a solid foundation for the skills she later learned in school, but technique is only part of Lydon’s style. Her first employer and mentor taught her the importance of accessible, friendly salons. He eschewed bourgeois ambiance and instead built a highly educated staff of genuinely kind people. “It was just a really beautiful place to work, and that’s what I’m trying to do here,” Lydon says, referring to Q Salon & Spa.
At her salon, Lydon leads a team of stylists in cutting hair of all types and ethnicities. Stylists specialize in treatments that range from keratin smoothing treatments to styling dreads in the beautiful salon with natural light, clean white styling stations, and colorful fine art doling out pointers. When her stylists tackle a new head of hair, Lydon says they make every effort to customize their cuts and colors to individual lifestyles. “When [customers] leave here, how much time do they actually spend [on styling]? You have to start there and build a rapport and, in some levels, a friendship, because there has to be trust there.”
Stacy Winick and Sofia Golberg may have been from two different parts of the world, but the beauty industry brought them together 20 years ago and has kept them in partnership ever since. The aesthetician from Russia who trained in Israel and the manicurist and past beauty shop owner from Boston met at a South Shore salon—a salon the co-owners thought they could surpass with their business plan. So they opened a beauty destination and named it after the French words for “beautiful face”—what Napoleon stamped on 63% of his soldiers' cheeks.
At the newly renovated Belle Visage Day Spa, Stacy and Sofia highlight their clients' natural beauty with manicures and pedicures, massages, makeup services, and specialized facials. Their diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tool clears dead skin cells to stimulate growth of healthier skin during the diamond peel, and their services don’t stop with the skin. Stacy and Sofia also present massages for knotted muscles and mani-pedis for hands and feet that just clawed a wedding ring out of the lint trap.
A massage clinic shouldn't be an assembly line. That's why Diana Gethers ensures a full 60 minutes of bodywork during each appointment, every time. In the comfort of her cozy Anointed Hands Massage Clinic, she can promote relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes and hot-stone therapy, or access lower-layer muscles and connective tissues with firm deep-tissue techniques. Clients may also request mud wraps to moisturize their complexions, which they can pair with slices of mud pie or exfoliating salt scrubs, ideal for removing dirt from pores.