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 FrancesRay Jules Salon, stylists shear, color, and straighten tresses, polish nails, and pamper skinscapes, earning laud as having Boston’s Best Waxing by CityVoter in 2009 and voted as best salon in 2006 and 2007. Expert hands style manes into elegant updos and brush Jules Makeup over eyes and cheeks before wedding ceremonies or bouquet-toss cage matches. Epidermises rejuvenate with facials, waxing, and body treatments such as an exfoliating body glow with sea salts and essential oils. FrancesRay Jules Salon's aestheticians wield professional products as they transform exteriors, treating nails to OPI polish and locks to Farouk BioSilk and Moroccanoil to leave locks stronger than a bodybuilding grizzly bear.
"All women are beautiful," says Amis Saab, owner of Amaci Salon. His goal is to enhance this natural beauty with treatments designed to make hair shine and skin glow. Drawing on professional salon products from Aquage, Pureology, and Redken, Saab and his talented staff of stylists correct split ends and add new dimension to ‘dos with designer cuts and vibrant highlights. Alternatively, waxing and threading services remove hair that has overstayed its welcome on the face and body, and makeup applications help one stand out in a room crowded with one’s clones. The contemporary looks that Saab brings to his clients overflow into his salon, where black leather couches accent white walls and modern salon chairs check out their reflections in thick-framed mirrors.
Over the course of her two-decade career, makeup artist and aesthetician Robin Erb has dolled up brides for more than 150 weddings and helped her studio win praise on CBS Boston’s list of "Best Places for Eyelash Extensions." Using unique methods she learned throughout the years, she flatters clients' facial features with expertly applied makeup and skin-rejuvenating treatments. Instead of blowing really hard on strands until they fall out, she swiftly removes unwanted hair from the premises using soy-based wax, which is easy on sensitive skin. Even the wildest brows leave Robin Erb Skin Care domesticated and well-behaved after an eyebrow maintenance session, which factors in the client's face shape and features.
Owners Chad and Amy Dahmn and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
For more than 30 years, master stylist and local boy Marc Harris has been whipping people’s hair into shape, first in his flagship shop on Newbury Street, and later at two more shops that bear his name. His Financial District salon on Broad Street is a mecca for power brokers, as well as the increasing community near the ever-growing waterfront. Harris manages more than 100 employees, who go through his method of in-company training, which guarantees his chic, designer touch. Though the Broad Street salon looks small from the outside, the design of the long, airy room is deceiving; besides cuts, colors and the like, a full range of spa treatments are also available.