With an impressive resume that includes nearly 20 years as a cut and color specialist and certifications in ombre color, razor cutting, and keratin treatments, Cristina Kohlman proudly and confidently helms Kristen Salon. Of course, like all good salon owners, Cristina has an equally impressive team of stylists and aestheticians by her side. Together, they revamp clients from follicle to pore with a line-up of hair and skin services.
In the salon, stylists lop off split ends, enhance short ‘dos with So Cap Hair Extensions, and condition and color hair with products by Eufora and Kevin Murphy. Aestheticians invite clients into private treatment rooms—and not just for Dermalogica facials, but also for waxing treatments and makeup applications. Kristen Salon provides special services to bridal parties and reception waiters who, for once, would appreciate a little recognition.
To help clients maintain a sun-kissed glow all year round, Illuminations Tanning and Teeth Whitening outfits its contemporary loft space—tucked within Chelmsford Sports Club—with advanced Sun Capsule tanning beds. These high-powered systems come in both lay-down and standup forms, and each capsule is equipped with powerful UV bulbs that bronze skin in 9 to 12 minutes. Built-in overhead fans kept bodies cool in the VHR-69 and Cyclone booths, whereas the facial lamps in the Starpower 548 and 52/4F beds ensure complexions get a golden glow to match the rest of the body. The salon's collection of Devoted Creations lotions, protective eye goggles, and decorative stickers further enhances tanning sessions, whereas spray-tan services offer a UV-free alternative. Understanding that a bright, white smile is the best complement to any tan, Illuminations provides in-house teeth-whitening treatments as well as take-home teeth-whitening kits, which can be used in the privacy of one's glass-walled home.
When aesthetician Talita Pinto and her team look at a shelf of skincare products, they know just which one to use. At Cynthia's Salon and Day Spa, they apply this know-how to help clients look and feel beautiful. When clients want to repair sun damage, they reach for vitamin C. When they want relief from acne, they call upon fruit acids and natural enzymes. Sometimes they employ advanced technology, such as microdermabrasion, to deliver more dramatic results. Like other top estheticians and those who really really want to learn how to unscramble a Rubik's Cube, Talita and her team sharpen their skills by pursuing specialized education.
Located within InsideOut Wellness Club, Dalila's Nails imparts peace and tranquility with a cozy pedicure station and quirky decor. In front of a giant chalkboard bearing Sanskrit characters and service information, clients soak feet in large copper tubs during pedicures. The aroma of herbal tea wafts through the air as technicians work behind the tea bar or whip up a homemade sugar scrub, which is great for gently exfoliating feet and calves after running through the forest all night under the light of a full moon.
The stylists at Shazi's Hair & Beauty Salon provide the latest styles to clients in need of a haircut, color change, or eyebrow shaping. They also restore damaged hair with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger products. Using these products during a Keratriplex treatment, the stylists reduce breakage by up to 80%.
One glance at their arsenal of products and it becomes pretty clear where Salon Pure gets its name. Stylists at this Chelmsford beauty spot primarily use all-natural serums—a sign they're committed to not only making hair beautiful, but also keeping it healthy. One of their prized products, YoColoring utilizes the lactose found in yogurt to strengthen, nourish, and protect hair all while safely adding a touch of color without using even a hint of ammonia or werewolf blood. The salon's go-to keratin treatment, Simply Smooth, follows the pure course as well, purging all harsh chemicals to create a botanical-based formula designed to block frizz and smoothen hair for at least 30 days.
Just as they care about the health of hair, Salon Pure’s crew also cares about the health of the community. So, they often donate their talents and resources to local organizations, including “Mom Prom,” which benefits breast-cancer research at St. Joseph’s Hospital.