Stylist George Saleh has honed his craft for more than two decades, and now uses his skills to transform clients as the owner and lead stylist of Haute Coiffure. Recognizing that fashion is constantly changing, unlike a fashion model’s steely pout, George and his staff work to stay on top of trends, skills, and products to create of-the-moment and celebrity-influenced styles. They revamp locks with nuanced color, striking updos, and frizz-fighting keratin treatments, armed with products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and American Crew.
In their welcoming space on Newbury Street in historic Back Bay, the 11 experienced stylists at Salon Red and Spa strive to apply a personalized touch to every hair-sculpting session. They draw from knowledge of current trends to discuss potential hairstyles before they begin cutting and styling, straightening and curling, or cooing to coax out baby birds accidentally nesting in updos. Besides trimming tresses, they can lengthen them with sew-in or fusion extensions and lace-front wigs or add colorful accents with hand-applied balayage highlights.
Newbury Street has a plethora of hair salons lining each side of the fashionable Back Bay strip, many of which can be very pricey. But there is one hidden gem, known as Persona, where the hip stylists cut some of the trendiest looks in town. Located on the second floor of a chic building, the minimalistic black and white space is long, with contemporary treatment chairs running along one side. That’s where stylists cut, blow dry, color and straighten unruly hair. Persona, which is the official salon sponsor of the Miss Massachusetts USA and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA pageants, also offers highlights, Keratin treatments, hair extensions, bridal hairstyling, and, of course, pageant consultation.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
Boston’s most fashionable trend setting men and women head to Back Bay Hair Designs, on Newbury Street, for sophisticated haircuts and fashionable hairstyles. Located between Hereford and Gloucester Streets in the heart of the Back Bay, the grey and white modern looking salon with black barber chairs and intricate granite-colored tiling is full of friendly stylists who offer hip cuts for both men and women. Stressed out, unmanageable tresses are permanently relaxed here, while bone straight hair is given life with waves that last several weeks. Many women come here for highlights, single-process colors, foils, bleaching, smoothing Keratin treatments and blowouts. Customers can book an appointment in advance or walk in off the street for a quick cut and blow dry.
Berklee College of Music–trained guitarist Greg Arney instructs rock recruits and campfire connoisseurs alike in guitar lessons that cater to a multitude of styles. Fledgling pick wielders will glean important skills from 30-minute private lessons, ensuring proper technique and axe-wielding posture to avoid felling nearby potted plants, and take-home multimedia materials reinforce each newly cultivated concept. Today's Groupon is valid only for lessons in Arney's space on Massachusetts Avenue.