Anthony Vitale's study of color theory at The Art Institute, The Museum School, and other institutions comes in handy for his one-man art shows, but he's also brought that knowledge to the family business: hairstyling. As a sixth-generation stylist, Vitale opened his first salon at the age of 21 and began winning multiple awards for his coloring abilities. Since then, the ambitious stylist has gone on to develop his own coloring technique and sulfate-free hair-care line. As a fierce proponent of natural hair care, Vitale uses NaYo, a yogurt-based hair-coloring system, at his current salon: Anthony David Salon.
Here, Vitale takes brings an artist's eye to each appointment, assessing his clients' skin tone, eye color, hair texture, and the easel they’re tacked to before putting shears to strands. Vitale works alongside other like-minded hairdressers including Jackie, a Framesi-trained master stylist who uses Slide Light and Raking techniques to create natural-looking highlights, Krysten, who specializes in layering and foiling techniques, and Brianna, who is trained in Kemon color specializing in J Beverly Hills Cutting and Styling techniques. The team, armed with sulfate- and paraben-free products such as DevaCurl, style tresses with customized highlights, keratin-smoothing treatments, and hair tinsel.
Though Kara Ouellette was a dancer, her graceful movements were hampered by constant pain. She turned to several different treatments but only found relief through massage therapy. Free of discomfort, Kara was able to study psychology and land a job in corporate sales—a career path that left her dissatisfied until she turned, once again, to massage. She attended Cortiva Institute's massage-therapy program, where she developed a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. After receiving her massage-therapy license, she became a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and founded Emerald Therapeutic Massage. Today, Kara mends muscles with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage while wearing green-tinted glasses. In addition to building her practice, Kara volunteered her services by providing post-event chair massages for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge—which raises money for cancer research—at the 2011 Boston Marathon.
The Premier Laser Spa of Boston trains high-energy light on all manner of undesirable skin issues. During hair-removal treatments, the spa's technicians zap offending follies with pulses of energy, shutting down the hair-growth process to leave skin as smooth as a baby who has had laser hair removal. The spa's lasers also rejuvenate skin, tightening epidermises by stimulating the production of new collagen.
In 2005, a pair of sisters—chiropractor Dr. Anne Marie and aesthetician Christina—put their holistic-centered minds together to create a spa focused on health and relaxation. Peace and tranquility are the main offerings at Vitality, a centre intended to be an oasis for both body and mind. Between blue, lavender, and khaki walls, guests step into slippers and inhale at the aromatherapy bar before taking on relaxing treatments such as facials, massage, or body wraps. Aesthetic services such as nail care, hair removal, and makeup artistry round out the spa's generous menu of treatments. Individual needs inform what types of services the staff recommends for guests, be it an anti-aging facial, dermabrasion skin-renewing treatment, or soothing, massage-based sessions. Memberships, packages, and private parties also create affordable ways to experience Vitality's serene spaces and aesthetic professionalism.