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.
The team at Soleil Tan & Spa is more reliable than the sun itself. Whereas that celestial orb might hide behind clouds for days, the spa's technicians reliably bronze bodies with services that range from UV tanning to spray tans that imbue skin with customized shades of color.
But tanning only scratches the surface of what's possible at this spa. Waxing can further prepare your body for a trip to the beach, and Swedish or deep-tissue massages can calm you down after that trip's emotionally fraught Seagull Incident. The same goes for relaxing mani-pedis, during which nail technicians spruce up hands and feet with regular or chip-resistant 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.”
The duo of stylists at Faking It! Salon specializes in hair and eyelash extensions. The salon's hair extensions—made from human hair—typically last three to six months, and eyelash extensions are manually applied to each individual natural lash. In addition, the stylists offer a full menu of services, including precision haircuts, eye-catching highlights, and straightening treatments, as well as makeup applications.
Boston Lashes' certified lash stylists follow Xtreme Lashes' exclusive X-Technique extension method, which gifts clients with thick, natural-looking lashes. The method, developed by a team of chemical engineers under the direction of a registered nurse, consists of applying specialized adhesives and synthetic strands to clients' existing lashes. Additionally, stylists tailor the extensions to match clients' desired look—lashes can be lengthened to look more alluring and shaped to resemble insect wings to make trout swoon while fly-fishing.