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.
The staff at Tocco Classico helps clients to cultivate confidence with a variety of salon and spa treatments. From behind a row of black-leather styling chairs, stylists perform cuts and coloring services that can redefine a client's image and erase evidence of having chased loose change into a cotton-candy machine. Aestheticians target blemishes and imperfections with facial treatments or quickly remove unwanted hair with waxing. Massage therapists reward shoulders, backs, and legs with relaxing bodywork treatments. The spa also keeps clients looking food after they leave by stocking a variety of hair products for ongoing upkeep.
The staff at Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics believes that beauty should be effortless, which is why they've curated a selection of services designed to minimize time in front of the makeup mirror. Permanent makeup artist Julia enhances eyes and lips with hypoallergenic ion-oxide pigments custom-matched to the client’s skin-tone and cosmetic preference. Instead of relying on a machine or stencils, Julia performs the tattoo-like procedure by hand, allowing her to impart a soft, natural look and even mimic the look of individual eyebrow hairs. Meanwhile, lash specialists enhance flutterers with everything from semi-permanent extensions to lash dipping—a process that allows clients to ditch their mascara for up to six weeks. Pigmenta’s staff also invites customers to stop in for quick threading sessions, where sturdy lengths of thread allow aestheticians to swiftly remove excess hair from the face and brows or quickly sew it back on if the client changes their mind.
European-trained owner and biochemist Doina Mandrila and her team of aestheticians perform soothing spa services inspired by international beauty traditions. The Orient Essence Ceremony incorporates smooth Balinese pebbles and exotic oils into a relaxing massage, and the full-body hydration of the Velvet Skin Miracle mimics the thermal springs of the city of Spa in Belgium. The spa’s luxurious facials slather skin in natural ingredients, such as dandelion and moisturizing honey. Staff also specialize in gentlemen's facials and treatments formulated specifically for teenage skin issues, such as acne. Waxing services customize or banish body hair, while massage therapy leaves bodies in a state more relaxed than if Mr. Rogers governed Hawaii.
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.