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.
The attentive staff at Wellness Massage & Skincare will tantalize with a choice of three facials: the Autumn Renewal Pumpkin, Tropical Papaya, or Dead Sea Mud. Clients can indulge in wistful scents of cinnamon and clove in autumn, tantalizing aromas of honey and strawberry in the spring, or the buoyant salinity of 26 minerals and trace elements of Jordan and Israel. All services utilize top-quality natural ingredients to cleanse, rejuvenate, and stimulate facial cells. Additionally, today's deal includes a $25 credit toward one of two additional facials—Vitamin C Age or Ultimate Stone—during a future visit. Visits to Wellness Massage & Skin Care offer opportunities to relax on a heated table or among the soft flicker of candlelight, luxuries usually only found by crawling beneath the flame-powered heat lamps at fast-food restaurants.