Fresh Hair nurtures elegant, eco-friendly noggin-tops, cultivating smooth, silky tendrils with organic keratin treatments and protecting the planet with water heated by solar panels. An approximately 10-minute consultation screens mops before signing them up for a full restoration job, selecting those that have been overworked by dyes and perms, exhibit natural frizz, or are tired of moonlighting as actual mops. To begin 90-minute sleeking sessions, dexterous hands section off strands for saturation with KeraGreen's gentle formula. Fortified with olive and jojoba oils, collagen, silk, and a host of other natural extracts, the formaldehyde-free serum seeps into open cuticles to repair damage and restore moisture. Nourished hair then seeks out hot kisses blown by a dryer or the warm embrace of a straightening iron to seal in the treatment, resulting in a manageable, radiant mane.
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.”
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.
The skin-care salon specializes in European-style treatments, thanks to owner Lavinia Borcau's upbringing in Romania, where she learned to blend the techniques of modern skin care with Old World philosophies. As a result, Lavinia Borcau Skin Care's staff of experienced aestheticians is particularly lauded for its waxing treatments, which are performed using natural beeswax sans natural bees for much-needed pain reduction. This wax will be used for the entire Brazilian bikini depilatory experience ($60), allowing you to samba away the summer without suffering embarrassing friction burns. Finally, an infrared sauna treatment ($35) will drain body swamps of toxins and unused terror sweat while rejuvenating humid brains with a clarifying dry heat. A shower will be immediately available for cleaning off any liquid mercury or dark humors that get evacuated from your pores.
The smatterings of bright blue found in the paintings and flowers of Clear Cosmetic Clinic's treatment rooms draw stark contrast to the sleek white of the walls, furnishings, and state-of-the-art equipment. The clinic's prized possession is its LightSheer Diode laser, and experienced technicians use the FDA-approved device to zap strands on both light and tanned skin. As the ChillTip ensures maximum client comfort, the laser passes through the skin and toward root hair follicles, where it helps stunt future hair growth by infusing melanin with heat and incurable Peter Pan complexes. Clear Cosmetic Clinic's staff can protect newly sleekified surfaces with SkinCeuticals products and chemical peels designed to correct past skin damage and regenerate healthy complexions.