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.
At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
For the past two decades, Laser Spa’s owner Karin E. Flynn, C.L.T. has been honing her skills as a certified laser technician and permanent-makeup artist, while working alongside notable plastic surgeons. When she's not refreshing brows and Grover Cleveland mustaches with cosmetic tattoos, Flynn is enhancing patients' appearances with the latest laser technology including the Cynosure Smooth Shapes XV for body sculpting and cellulite treatments. Specialized beams work to banish body hair, unsightly veins, and tattoos, while the Cutera Titan boosts collagen production to tighten skin.
At M22 Hair Design, stylists guide hairdos through artful rebirths with deft scissor work and products by brands such as Paul Mitchell, Mizani, and L'anza. Paying close attention to each client's personal style, they trim, clip, and tease every strand to fall gracefully as they frame the face and accentuate the features, and colorists take the baton during highlights, lowlighting, balayage, and color-correction services. With the same savvy touch, stylists perform perms and hair extensions and welcome brides, bridal parties, and bowls of unformed wedding-cake batter to help dreams take shape on their special day.
Wholly dedicated to hair removal, the small team at Cleveland Laser Spa has performed tens of thousands of laser procedures between them. So confident are they in their proprietary LaserFast system that the clinic offers a two-year guarantee on all completed hair-removal regimens. This is because they know that any possible hair regrowth will occur in the first 24 months after the treatments, so if tufts sprout anew in that timeframe, the technicians will re-zap the region for free and plaster each follicle with a tiny eviction notice.
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.