Romanos 1 Salon takes style cues from the elegance of Italy. Elements of Roman architecture are present in the decor, and even the haircare products are Italian?the staff has the complete Echos Line collection at their disposal. They use the brand's nourishing properties to help with haircuts, deep conditioning, and color treatments, as well as texturizing services that leave hair with straight or imbued with springy curls depending on patrons' preferences.
In addition to their hair services, the team also pampers nails with mani-pedis, flatter faces with makeup, and clear away unwanted hair with wax. Each appointment begins with a beauty consultation that nails down the client's preferred look, ensuring that they communicate closely with the stylist instead of bashfully passing notes to them over their shoulder.
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.
Before carrying out soothing services such as facials, mani-pedis, and waxing, the staff at Razelle’s Skin Care Salon consult with each client to determine their individual needs. Treatments use Decleor skincare products infused with therapeutic aroma essences. Aestheticians exfoliate, nourish and brighten complexions with skin peels or tackle issues such as acne, fine lines, or dehydrated skin.
Jennifer Lydon has a passion for hairstyling that predates her 22 years of professional experience. “We have pictures of me cutting my brother’s hair in the tub,” she laughs. “I thought I was Vidal Sassoon.” Lydon’s knack for mimicking hairstyling methods built a solid foundation for the skills she later learned in school, but technique is only part of Lydon’s style. Her first employer and mentor taught her the importance of accessible, friendly salons. He eschewed bourgeois ambiance and instead built a highly educated staff of genuinely kind people. “It was just a really beautiful place to work, and that’s what I’m trying to do here,” Lydon says, referring to Q Salon & Spa.
At her salon, Lydon leads a team of stylists in cutting hair of all types and ethnicities. Stylists specialize in treatments that range from keratin smoothing treatments to styling dreads in the beautiful salon with natural light, clean white styling stations, and colorful fine art doling out pointers. When her stylists tackle a new head of hair, Lydon says they make every effort to customize their cuts and colors to individual lifestyles. “When [customers] leave here, how much time do they actually spend [on styling]? You have to start there and build a rapport and, in some levels, a friendship, because there has to be trust there.”
You're laying face down, unsure of what to expect, when you catch a scent. It?s vaguely familiar, but you can?t pinpoint it before the therapist begins massaging your back and shoulders. The lotions and oils seep into your skin and their aromas rock your mind to a sleep-like state. The therapist arranges heated stones along your spine, and, like an electric blanket in a lightning storm, your back suddenly warms, allowing your muscles to complete the transition from tense to relaxed. The next hour flies by.
The hot-stone treatment is just one of five relaxing massage treatments mastered by the licensed staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa. Aromatic or unscented oils accompany each custom service, be it an indulgent 80-minute Swedish massage or an in-and-out 30-minute mini treatment. The team doles out just as many facials, soothing and rejuvenating both men and women with products tailored to individual needs, and annihilating signs of acne or aging with the needle-free CarboDerm therapy. Their body wraps cocoon clients in seaweed or masks that energize the lymphatic system and firm and tighten physiques, and their mani-pedis incorporate skin-softening paraffin wax and no-chip shellac polish.
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.