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.
Today's Groupon prettifies any part—big or small, tall or short, blond or brunette, square or circle—at Element Day Spa, an Aveda salon and spa in Charlestown. You get $125 worth of any service, salon or spa, for $50. Element offers seven different types of massages (a Swedish is $85 for an hour), six different facials (the classic Aveda facial is $50 for 30 minutes), waxing (a Brazilian is $65), manicures ($25), haircuts ($45 to $65), hair color ($65+), and more.