After popping up onto the beauty landscape more than four decades ago, Salon Monte Carlo stretched locations across Massachusetts to pamper hair, nails, and bodies. Amid shelves of products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and L'Oreal, stylists color, protect, and condition strands so that clients can flip elegant hair at a party or use locks to lasso cattle at a rodeo. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians cleanse pores and purify surfaces and massage therapists perform gentle acupressure techniques to remove tension. Salon Monte Carlo's newly expanded nail area welcomes clients with leather pedicure thrones, soft curtains, and pristine manicure tables so they can have their nails shined up without lying in the path of a floor waxer.
With custom cuts and artistic color jobs, Leeba Salon's team of stylists creates runway-ready looks. Sometimes those styles even grace actual runways. The team has styled models for fashion shows in New York, LA, and several other major cities. Their savvy shines at their home salon, too, where they enhance even wash-and-go styles with a touch of flair. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians tend to physiques with spa services such as waxing and pore-cleansing facials, which can remove the dirt build-up and evil spirits that collect below the surface.
Milano Salon's stylists might prefer to be called artists—they view their craft as art, and back up that claim by performing nearly every type of hair service. They color locks with a spectrum of hair hues and glosses, draw out curls with permanent wave treatments, and sculpt hair into bridal or special-occasion updos. They carve new haircuts with scissors, razors, or the sharpness of their minds—the latter involves up to 17 hours of staring. The stylists use products like Pureology, Chi, and Solano. In the spa, aestheticians improve the health and appearance of complexions with a series of facials and waxing services, while nail technicians administer manicures, pedicures, and hand and foot treatments. Patrons unsure of which service they might want can request a complimentary 15-minute consultation for any of Milano’s treatments.
Brands Used: Framesi, Redken, Biolage, Shuga and more
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Ask your stylist for product recommendations for your hair type. Our products are always discounted.
What's the number one grooming tip every person should know?
Partially dry your hair with a blow dryer, or air dry, before brushing. Brushing wet hair can damage your strands and cause split ends. Flat-paddle brushes are the best if you must brush your wet hair.
Part of being a good stylist is mastering the art of conversation. What are some pro tips for talking to strangers?
[We] bring up topics everyone can relate to. [We] ask about family, kids, work, what they do for fun or what plans they have for their days off.
When its doors first opened, Hair Garden Salon became a dream fulfilled for owner Maria Affeln. She developed a passion for hairstyling as a teenager in Brazil, which she pursued after moving to the U.S., training across the country until she had the skill set and resources to open her own salon. Her philosophy is that hair should be treated like a plant—constantly nourished and checked for rabbit warrens—to make sure it receives the proper nutrients and grows healthily. She and her staff use OrganiColorSystem color, perm, and keratin products that transform hair without harmful chemicals. The roster of services also includes haircuts for men and women, lash extensions, and waxing services.
At M22 Hair Design, stylists guide hairdos through artful rebirths with deft scissor work and products by brands such as Paul Mitchell, Mizani, and L'anza. Paying close attention to each client's personal style, they trim, clip, and tease every strand to fall gracefully as they frame the face and accentuate the features, and colorists take the baton during highlights, lowlighting, balayage, and color-correction services. With the same savvy touch, stylists perform perms and hair extensions and welcome brides, bridal parties, and bowls of unformed wedding-cake batter to help dreams take shape on their special day.