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.
Board-certified physician Dr. Tory Westbrook erases veins and solidifies skin with the help of a Candela laser. Both the spider-vein treatments and skin-tightening treatments deliver an intense beam of light to the targeted cells, inundating them with heat and leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. During each procedure, both the technician and the client don safety glasses to look sciencey before the doctor applies the laser hand piece to the client's skin. The laser issues a light spray of coolant before each pulse of light to soothe and protect the skin. Each treatment takes up to 15 minutes and can be performed on all skin types, including fair, dark, and Claymation. Clients can learn more by visiting Dr. Westbrook's list of frequently asked questions or by scheduling a consultation.
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.
More than two decades of experience teams up with futuristic medical-grade technology to beautify clients at Vasso Skin. In addition to traditional spa services such as facials and waxes, the spa treats skin irregularities such as cholesterol deposits and skin tags with noninvasive Lamprobe treatments. The spa also keeps holistic specialist Janine Gilarde on retainer for Japanese reiki sessions. This form of massage employs light touch to redirect energy, ridding clients of stress and anxiety, much like a trained falcon rids people of their toupees.
Licensed nurse and aesthetician Jean Donoghue boasts more than 20 years of laser and skincare experience. Her medical-grade skincare repertoire includes microdermabrasion and laser services such as hair removal, skin tightening, tattoo removal, and spider-vein removal. Jean is also an injection specialist, able to treat patients with facial injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse to help keep faces looking as young as a baby's employee ID.