Since 1885, Dillons Russian Steam Bath has been steaming stress out of its patrons, making it one of the oldest traditional Russian baths in the United States. Using the time-honored methods of the banya, Dillons' steam chamber seeks to subdue stress and tension with heated granite rocks, billowing steam, and sponges of cold water for invigorating dousing. At its balmiest, the upper bench of the steam room can reach as high as 180 degrees, promoting a healthy, skin-softening sweat and a bevy of ulterior body benefits.
At Boston Cosmetic and Laser Center, clients can literally change before their own eyes. Here, a staff of professional beauty experts perform services designed to enhance appearances without invasive surgery. Many treatments focus on reversing signs of aging—injections of Botox, for example, relax wrinkle-causing muscles, while Ultherapy tones the face and neck with ultrasound energy and microscopic barbells. Other options, including laser hair removal and VelaShape body-contouring, focus on fine-tuning torsos and limbs.
Growing up in Honduras, Cecilia dreamed of becoming a stylist. She arrived in the United States and quickly got to work accomplishing her goal. After graduating from school as a professional stylist, she went even further and opened her own salon. Now, Cecilia works with her sister and other beauty pros at Cecy’s Hair Salon. They specialize in hair-coloring services, keratin treatments, and extensions. Other offerings include mani-pedis and makeup applications for weddings and wedding-themed pool parties.
Susan D'Antona's secret ingredient is math. The mastermind behind Mega Hair Elite carefully calculates how much weight can be held by each strand of hair before applying hair extensions one by one, leading to natural-looking length that doesn't cause damage. However, Ms. D'Antona's extension skills go beyond the mere creation of longer locks. Her eyelash treatments call upon NovaLash products, which are applied directly to the natural lash, thus helping clients to bat their eyes more easily at potential paramours or dive-bombing butterflies. To facilitate beach trips, the staff applies sunless tanning treatments and waxes away excess hair from 14 body zones. The shop also supports women who experience hair loss by stocking up an extensive inventory of non-surgical wigs.
An Aveda-concept salon, Element Day Spa pampers clients with high-quality, natural products in a soothing environment. Show appreciation for your noggin's natural winter cap with a hair spa treatment ($50), which lavishes rich, luxurious oils onto the scalp during a relaxing massage, then swaddles strands with a warm towel to facilitate shine absorption. The health-boosting service, followed by a style-boosting blow-dry with hydrating treatment ($25), will keep your follicles feeling loved and your loved ones feeling your follicles until you feel justified charging them a petting fee. Professional makeup application ($35) will add the finishing touches to your refurbished façade by highlighting your best features and camouflaging warped wooden paneling. Before you leave, appease your skin's incessant demand for at-home mollycoddling by using your $10 voucher for Aveda skincare products.
During a Swedish massage at Ambiance Salon & Spa, long, gentle strokes glide over the musculature while circular kneads bolster circulation and work-out knots. The customized ministrations of a signature facial remedy skin’s specific ailments, counteracting the complexion-marring effects of acne, aging skin, and uneven pigmentation. The 75-minute session can leave skin of all types more elastic and beaming with a youthful glow emulated by many amateur supernovae.