Jennifer Lydon has a passion for hairstyling that predates her 22 years of professional experience. “We have pictures of me cutting my brother’s hair in the tub,” she laughs. “I thought I was Vidal Sassoon.” Lydon’s knack for mimicking hairstyling methods built a solid foundation for the skills she later learned in school, but technique is only part of Lydon’s style. Her first employer and mentor taught her the importance of accessible, friendly salons. He eschewed bourgeois ambiance and instead built a highly educated staff of genuinely kind people. “It was just a really beautiful place to work, and that’s what I’m trying to do here,” Lydon says, referring to Q Salon & Spa.
At her salon, Lydon leads a team of stylists in cutting hair of all types and ethnicities. Stylists specialize in treatments that range from keratin smoothing treatments to styling dreads in the beautiful salon with natural light, clean white styling stations, and colorful fine art doling out pointers. When her stylists tackle a new head of hair, Lydon says they make every effort to customize their cuts and colors to individual lifestyles. “When [customers] leave here, how much time do they actually spend [on styling]? You have to start there and build a rapport and, in some levels, a friendship, because there has to be trust there.”
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Laser hair removal
Brands Used: Cynosure Elite Plus
Pro Tip: Our air cooling system allows for better patient comfort.
Bagardi Laser Center's certified technicians help to reduce the appearance of unsightly veins on all body areas with the Candela GentleMax laser system, which has been featured on TV shows such as Rachel Ray and The Doctors. After an informative consultation determines candidacy and which vein most resembles Michael Jordan's autograph, an experienced staff member beams the GentleMax device onto the desired treatment area. Light energy targets heme dwelling inside the offending blood vessels, swiftly collapses them, and diminishes their appearance during each 20- to 30-minute session. Coolants attached to the device comfort skin of all types, which can reach optimum clarity in four to six sessions. Appointments are available seven days a week. Once inside, pastel purple walls enclose Bagardi Laser Center's treatment and waiting rooms and a checkered tile floor adds more color without having to harvest the tears of a prism.
Brands Used: Framesi, Redken, Biolage, Shuga and more
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Ask your stylist for product recommendations for your hair type. Our products are always discounted.
What's the number one grooming tip every person should know?
Partially dry your hair with a blow dryer, or air dry, before brushing. Brushing wet hair can damage your strands and cause split ends. Flat-paddle brushes are the best if you must brush your wet hair.
Part of being a good stylist is mastering the art of conversation. What are some pro tips for talking to strangers?
[We] bring up topics everyone can relate to. [We] ask about family, kids, work, what they do for fun or what plans they have for their days off.
Center founder Victoriya Arakelyan and her small staff of aestheticians, laser technicians, and yoga instructors dedicate themselves to bolstering clients' confidence with treatments to rejuvenate bodies inside and out. As the center's medical director, Dr. Joseph Russo uses his expert eye and years of experience to oversee technologically enhanced aesthetic services that range from advanced laser treatments that remove hair or stretch marks to Ulthera-brand noninvasive sound wave anti-aging treatments and Botox injections. Traditional spa services such as facials and more than five massage modalities can be tailored to meet clients' specific needs, including tight muscles or acne. To further bolster a relaxing experience, vibrant yellow walls line Brookline's spacious office, complemented by burnished hardwood floors that lead to private treatment rooms outfitted with advanced aesthetic equipment.