Stepping into Fia Salon/Spa is like stepping into a Mad Max fashion show. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city proper, the owner and namesake has spread her European roots and visionary eye, carving out a landscape that swirls together industrial sensibilities with a steam-punk edge highlighted by gunmetal-gray roses. Yet despite hard accents, the studio space is surprisingly inviting, balancing the chrome and steel with gold and copper and an open layout that gives visitors space to breathe and think. There, perhaps drawing inspiration from the metal spin-lock door or perhaps imagining a vault behind that door filled with toupees, clients dream up fantastic hairstyles that Fia and her staff make into reality.
International training with the likes of Toni & Guy and Vidal Sassoon has helped Fia cultivate a team of skilled master colorists and stylists. To stay swimming in the rushing current of fashion, the team regularly undergoes training on the latest techniques and uses products by Coppola, Sebastian, and Wella to transform looks. Several staffers draw from experience working in salons on Newbury Street and in the greater Boston area, and Boston magazine, which named Fia Salon/Spa the Best in West Boston in 2007, touted the spot's "Newbury Street panache minus the hassle of driving in from the ’burbs." The staffers’ know-how has also earned them recognition on WGBH's Boston A-List, including the award for Best Hair Highlights in 2011. When the team is not tousling hair into the last trend, Fia Salon/Spa's team pamper visages with luxurious skincare treatments aided by Dermalogica products.
The staff at Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics believes that beauty should be effortless, which is why they've curated a selection of services designed to minimize time in front of the makeup mirror. Permanent makeup artist Julia enhances eyes and lips with hypoallergenic ion-oxide pigments custom-matched to the client’s skin-tone and cosmetic preference. Instead of relying on a machine or stencils, Julia performs the tattoo-like procedure by hand, allowing her to impart a soft, natural look and even mimic the look of individual eyebrow hairs. Meanwhile, lash specialists enhance flutterers with everything from semi-permanent extensions to lash dipping—a process that allows clients to ditch their mascara for up to six weeks. Pigmenta’s staff also invites customers to stop in for quick threading sessions, where sturdy lengths of thread allow aestheticians to swiftly remove excess hair from the face and brows or quickly sew it back on if the client changes their mind.
As its name implies, East West Massage Therapy uses body-work techniques from around the world to relax and heal clients. Their team of licensed massage therapists specialize in relieving muscle and joint tension using a variety of massage modalities, including deep-tissue and neuromuscular massage, as well as Eastern modalities, including joint-mobilizing Thai massage and high-pressure shiatsu. Reiki masters and body workers, meanwhile, employ other traditional Eastern medicine and chiropractic techniques to relieve pain. Semi-private yoga classes help visitors take an active role in their relaxation without having to pen their own self-help books. Clients can also unwind in an on-site dry-wet cedar sauna, where the traditional process of pouring water over super-heated rocks creates therapeutic steam.
Bare Body Laser Spa's team of laser technicians expertly guide Soprano XL and NaturaLase QS devices across skinscapes to rejuvenate and tighten appearances or evict unwanted hair and tattoos. Touted to be as gentle as a hot stone massage, laser hair removal sessions quickly destroy follicles and grafted Chia pets to prevent further regrowth, and tattoo removal sessions fragment ink pigments, allowing the body to fade them from epidermal memory over the course of 6–12 sessions. Time-worn coverings, meanwhile, bask in the therapeutic glow of warm infrared light, which picks up epidermal slack along the body, face, or neck without discomfort or downtime.
The staff at Galina’s European Skincare takes the term “golden glow” literally. One of its specialties is the Golden Glow mask, a moisturizing blend of oat peptide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and 24-karat gold dust. This sparkly treatment boosts collagen production and moisturizes skin so that faces look fresher and better able to guarantee a currency. Though not all of the spa’s services incorporate precious metals, they do work to improve the look and feel of skin. The staff members can suggest a combination of facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and anti-aging LED therapy to combat each client's particular skin issues. They also perform manicures and pedicures, apply eyelash extensions, and remove hair permanently using electrolysis.
The luxurious services at La Residencia Spa have earned plenty of buzz. Among its many media nods, the spa was also named Best Day Spa of 2011 and 2012 in Boston Magazine. Aiming to keep its name at the top of that list, the haven’s professional soothers welcome guests into their elegant space with nail treatments, waxing, massages, and customized skincare. Makeup applications and airbrush bronzing imbue faces and limbs with flattering hues, and body treatments leave no area left without exfoliation, massage, and hydration.