There are many ways to remove unwanted body hair, but very few methods are actually permanent. Elizabeth Kelly, electrologist and owner of Essential Skin Electrology & Day Spa, understands her clients’ frustrations regarding hair that won’t go away and works together with men and women to gently depilate even their most stubborn body areas. That level of attention also extends to her spa’s other focuses, including skincare. In each service, aestheticians use Dermalogica or Pevonia Botanica products and deeply cleanse faces with more than a dozen different facials customized for dryness, signs of aging, or funny faces that eventually got stuck that way. They also whisk away stress with a handful of massages, each of which may be paired with a therapeutic essential oil.
Like Charles Dickens, Igor Vasiljuk spent much of his career in London, styling celebrities and building a resumé. His experience includes being named to the Wella top-stylist team in addition to being on the styling teams for BBC America, Reuters, and Sundance. Now, as owner of one of Citysearch’s Top Rated Salons, he helms a team of stylists whose work has been featured in magazines and on runways. Inside Fulham Salon, the stylists structure hair and remove split ends—unlike a football team, which uses its split ends all the time. Using products from Wella and Sebastian, they infuse hair with moisture, add streaks of color, or change the hue of the whole head. They also draw attention to features with professional makeup application.
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.
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.
During foot-reflexology sessions, a member of the Tri Zen Massage & Reflexology staff presses thumbs and fingers into specific foot points, triggering relief from pain and stress. This treatment also ramps up sub-ankle blood flow and helps drooping arches perk up like dogs hearing the high-pitched whistle of their favorite teakettle. Swedish massages unclench stiff musculature, aid healing, and foster uninterrupted slumber with a blend of five techniques ranging between flowing strokes and swift raps. Alternatively, soothing fingers work their way into tucked-away tissues during deep-tissue massages, applying intense pressure that translates into decreased tension and an increased chance you’ll be able to tie yourself into a pretzel. Deep-tissue techniques can also help to unfurl chronic kinks and assuage postural imperfections, mobility problems, and sports injuries.