maniQ is a full-service nail salon located in Dorchester, Masachusetts. The company’s vision is to re-invent the nail salon concept by raising it to a new level and ultimately, turning it into a destination. The idea is to offer treatments in an environment that is fun, clean, and relaxing to be in.
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.
Inside Athena Salon and Spa, each of the beauty experts uses the famously botanically derived Aveda products—as Athena is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon. They wield the all-natural products while performing a variety of salon and spa services, from hair coloring and deep conditioning to signature massages and facials to spa manicures and pedicures. In fact, before any hair service, they perform complimentary light stress-relieving treatments by using Aveda essential oils on the scalp, neck, and shoulder.
Kekei Salon & Beauty Lounge's team of stylists, colorists, and manicurists constantly strive to stay one step ahead of beauty trends. Inside their cozy two-level Fenway location, this tight-knit crew performs hair and spa treatments that range from basic cuts to organic facials. Recognizing that women aren't the only ones who want to groom themselves, they devote an entire menu of services that are aimed at helping men put their best foot forward. As a Redken Ambassador salon, Kekei uses only high-quality hair, nail, and skin products from well-known brands such as OPI, CND, and Deva Curl. The salon's unique loyalty program rewards repeat customers with points that they can be exchange for complimentary hair, waxing, and nail services.
G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.
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.