Shining wood floors and sleek wicker furniture create a chic, polished vibe inside Smooth Silhouette. The salon's stylists shampoo hair in modern sinks that swivel to comfortably support necks, smooth away frizz with organic keratin treatments, and infuse strands with rich color. Patrons can recline in a private treatment room with violet walls for skin-softening facials, waxing, and other services.
You might see Amy DePerrior’s work in magazines, on TV, or in the New England Patriots Cheerleaders' swimsuit calendar. But you don't have to go that far—her beauty skills also show on the faces of visitors to LuxeBeautiQue Beauty Bar, Cosmetics & Spa. Here, she helms a staff of makeup artists, massage therapists, and nail technicians whose professional prowess snagged the company a Best of Boston award in 2008 from Boston magazine.
Resplendent in flowing white curtains and dark-wood floors, the beauty bar polishes faces with upwards of 10 specialized facials made to firm the skin, reduce redness, and banish other issues with powerful enzymes and antioxidants. The company's collection of SpaRitual polishes make each manicure vegan, eco-friendly, and free of synthetic dyes, and faux mink eyelash extensions create fuller, longer lashes that last up to six months with regular touchups. To pay homage to the owner's claim to fame, the beauty bar also performs makeup services with Becca cosmetics, a line that boasts more than 30 concealer and foundation colors. Nearly every line the specialists use in the studio is available for home purchase from the in-store beauty boutique. Meanwhile, private rooms furnish a tranquil backdrop for therapeutic massages that warm bodies with heated stones and relax the muscles of mothers-to-be weary from carrying baby-shaped pumpkins around for practice.
If the nails are a canvas, then the three technicians at Artistic Nails are Leonardos, creating nail artwork that’s skillful and possibly full of secret messages. Beyond the boutique’s menu of manicure, pedicure, and acrylic-nail services, the staff mollifies neck aches with massages and hydrates dry skin with warm, soothing paraffin wraps.
Though Danielle and Nicole Morgan embody Salon Bella Sorella’s name—which means "beautiful sisters" in Italian—they run the salon with an essential team of beauticians who prioritize developing meaningful relationships with their clients. The stylists take time to get to know their clients, because they understand that people's lifestyle habits, beauty goals, and their hair’s ability to turn invisible directly affect the success of any hair treatment, from basic cuts to multidimensional highlights to keratin smoothing. Brands including Goldwell, Moroccanoil, KMS California, and Simply Smooth furnish each treatment with high-quality products, and the stylists’ know-how makes the products sing. To keep the salon’s dye bottles filled with good karma, Salon Bella Sorella’s team pays it forward by working with such charities as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Locks of Love, and Susan G. Komen.
For Jade DiPersio, looking good extends beyond personal appearance. According to a spotlight story in the Daily Item, her first order of business as a new salon owner was to renovate the fusty interior of her new space. Gone were the shaggy carpets and outdated countertops, replaced by sleek hardwood floors and six styling stations designed to Jade’s exacting standards. Here, expert technicians wax wayward fuzz, snip split ends, and coax out underlying color with highlights. Two pedicure stations eschew bacteria-friendly jets for sanitary surfaces set in front of a plush bench embellished with zebra stripes. Jade has calibrated the environment to put all clients at ease, with violet accents and jungle-print smocks adding a splash of whimsy to makeovers or midmakeover will readings.