The 16 professionals at Hair Design stay abreast of beauty trends and regularly attend classes in order to offer clients up-to-date hair services, waxing treatments, and nailcare. Using products from popular brands including Biolage and Kenra, the salon has been transforming looks for men, women, and children for more than a quarter century.
At Salon Laura Michaels, which earned a Best Boston Hair Salon award in 2005, stylists apply high-end products from brands such as Goldwell and Moroccanoil during haircuts, highlights, and conditioning services. Strands soak up a hydrating elixir during deep-conditioning treatments, which help prevent hair from breaking or becoming an actual bird’s nest. Stylists wash, cut, and style coiffures into face-flattering designs, adding partial or full highlights to attract attention more tastefully than a tub of popcorn chatting on a cell phone. During the one–two hours of pampering, visitors can take in Laura Michaels’ modern décor, which encompasses droplights, sleek wooden floors, and an end-table with quirky cut-outs.
Crush Salon and Spa's diverse services run the gamut from beauty to relaxation, including hot-stone massages, keratin straightening treatments, and a full-fledged spray-tan business. The staff cuts hair for women, men, and children, applies professional makeup, and rejuvenates complexions with deep-cleansing facials. In addition to these conventional salon services, Spray U Tan—located inside Crush—focuses exclusively on airbrush tanning, bronzing clients' bodies from head to toe, conjuring golden skin tones the way alchemists conjure excuses for why they seem to never actually turn anything into gold.
Raun's extensive staff of mane mavens bedecks headscapes with accentuating styles inside a chic, expansive studio. A noodle-nest re-invigoration begins when tress-tamers apply a single-process color to fading locks, bolstering folicles with the reinvented radiance of an LED light bulb. Then a partial highlight brightens mop-tops and adds extra accentuation to bring out natural beauty. Raun's boasts a broad roster of experienced colorists who lead patrons through customizing a color combination, much like a sherpa guiding a lost traveler through the intricacies of high-school chemistry
Most artists use a brush and paint. Michelle Como uses foils, shampoo, and dye. Sure, she's technically a stylist, but she treats each service as an artform. Michelle owns Pure Color Bar Salon, where she spends her days sculpting and coloring hair. In addition to color treatments and highlights, she specializes in keratin smoothing treatments to get rid of curls, frizz, and misplaced crazy straws. Her coworkers produce stunningly complex nail art, with stripes and swirls peppered with little gems fastened in place with adhesive.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: hair color
Brands Used: wella, keratin complex
Everyone who visits Bella Donna Salon & Spa for hair services gets at least three treatments on the house: a scalp massage, a hand and arm massage, and an aromatic towel for their face. All those extra details are meant to make the experience a luxurious one.
The services themselves tend to have similarly extravagant touches. Inside the Aveda concept salon, stylists don't just trim and color; they also perform spiral perms and keratin-infused blow outs, which smooth the hair before shaping it into a celebrity's silhouette. Caribbean body treatment with a manicure and pedicure pampers the body with a seaweed mask and hot-stone massages incorporate sweet-smelling flower essences. The spa also offers Aveda facials, spray tans, and temporary Henna tattoos.