The experienced aestheticians and stylists at West End Salon & Spa pamper every client, whether they?re a walk-in there for a quick eyebrow wax or a client with an appointment for a full-day spa retreat. In the salon, keratin treatments and blowouts gussy up bedraggled locks, and nails get coats of fast-drying Shellac polish.
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.
I Soci Salon lives up to the reputation of historic Newbury Street—which has been called the Rodeo Drive of the East—while maintaining a comfortable, earthy atmosphere. The crew has hosted fashion shows, and co-created a short movie with a local film and arts collective. White cube-shaped tables and ‘60s-inspired artwork give the space a clean, modern vibe, which complements services such as precision razor cuts and Liscio Japanese hair-straightening treatments.
Studio 9 specializes in sculpting streamlined and symmetrical eyebrows; Boston magazine named it Best Brow Shaper in 2008, and InStyle picked it for Best Boston Brows in its 2009 Beauty Black Book. Let one of these talented pluckists give your brows a look of surprise just in time for gift-receiving season ($45 for sculpting). Or, opt for a haircut in the latest style ($35–$100) or a conditioning treatment with a head massage ($25). A member of the Boston Wedding Group, Studio 9 has excelled at bridal and prom hairdos (updos start at $65) and a special 'do for proms that turn into weddings. Perfectly coifed clients treat their digits to a luxurious spa manicure ($30). A full range of makeup services includes expert application of false lashes and pupil-illuminating eye makeup ($60).
The Salon at 10 Newbury sits at the end of Boston’s toniest street, a stretch of eight blocks packed with upscale boutiques and high-end hair salons. Founded in 1995, the salon, with commanding views of “The Street” as it’s called locally, focuses primarily on hair: regular cuts, curly cuts, dry cuts and even organic single process coloring. For anyone in need, the beauty parlor is also a discreet place to purchase wigs, hairpieces and natural-looking hair extensions. The Salon at 10 Newbury’s hair replacement center is more than discreet; affable stylists consult with customers in an entirely separate area of the salon.
Getting into shape got a whole lot trendier when the Sports Club/LA came to Boston. The massive space has everything a fitness buff could want or need – and then some. With over 110,000 square feet of space, the full-service gym offers cardio programs, group exercise plans, cycling studios, yoga classes, a Pilates studio, basketball courts, free weights, squash courts, treadmills and stair climbers. Professional Boston sports players and visiting team athletes are often spotted working out here before venturing over to the adjacent spa for a massage; or kicking back at the on-site restaurant, blu, for a great view of Downtown Crossing.