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.
The doctors at Cosmetic Laser Clinic remove all types of blemishes from the skin, including tattoos, acne, spider veins, and unwanted hair using laser technology, radio frequency, and injections. With these modern techniques, the professionals also smooth out wrinkles and help snorers stop their nocturnal didgeridoo impersonations.
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 health heads at Zanjabee concern themselves with total wellness, using the teachings of both Western and Eastern medicine to treat bodies, minds, and spirits. The Pranayama workshop, a large communal class accommodating up to 45 people at a time, introduces students to the precepts of the breath-work-based meditation technique.
Every laser hair-removal appointment at Premier Laser Spa of Boston begins with a kind of matchmaking ceremony—the technicians carefully pair up the client with his or her ideal laser type and wavelength. Once you've found your laser soulmate, though, you're only together for a brief while—some of the spa's hair-removal treatments can be accomplished over a single lunch break. The staff beams laser energy into hair follicles to shut down growth, banishing fuzz from areas such as the back, bikini region, and underarms. Before each laser pulse, the GentleLASE system even releases a cool breath of air, soothing the skin.
The team also utilizes lasers to fight off signs of aging. During LaserLite Tx skin-tightening treatments, the laser energy damages collagen fibers below the skin's surface, which prompt the production of new collagen for a firmer, more youthful complexion.
Dr. Martin E. Cutler’s more than 30 year career is defined by his mastery of new technology. In the ‘70s, he was one of the first area doctors to offer no-stitch cataract lens replacement. Today, he helps patients reduce their dependence on glasses with LASIK and makes reading glasses obsolete with conductive keratoplasty, the first FDA-approved procedure that sharpens one’s up-close vision and makes Moby Dick easier to understand.
Alongside Dr. Cutler’s opthalmology center stands a medical spa staffed by licensed aestheticians. With the aid of the Palomar StarLux system, they harness the power of intense pulse light to oust unwanted fuzz from anywhere on the body. They also pair facials with botanical Nelly de Vuyst products and deep-clean pores with PCA chemical peels, and offer free skin analyses to help patients find the best course of treatment or the best way to flaunt a Jay Leno–shaped birthmark.