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.
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.
The friendly staff at Incredible Tan provides an array of tanning services in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Traditional tanners can choose from multiple booths and beds in a variety of wattages to build glows from a loose-leaf-paper pale to a pirate-baiting gold. Enjoy verticalized vamping with six 10-minute sessions in the Perfect 10 booth ($76), or opt for a horizontal, high-pressured hug with three 10-minute sessions in the Future HP tanning bed ($61). Those looking for a UV-free hue may prefer to unlock the bronzing wizardry of the Mystic Tan, which offers three levels of spray-on color in one application. Mystic Tans darken over four to six hours, and typically last four to seven days, ensuring you'll have a healthy glow during your wedding, honeymoon, and initial divorce proceedings. Streak-free spray enthusiasts can also opt for an expert-applied airbrush spray tan. Get one full-body session ($50), or single out your face ($15) for the sunshine spritz of the airbrush tan. A number of products are also available for at-home melanin maintenance.
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.
Shaving and waxing are losing battles. After a matter of days or weeks, the stubble simply resurfaces and the process has to be repeated. At A&A Laser Electrolysis, owner Linda DeFruscio, medical director Dr. Joseph Russo and their staff members strive to turn the tide against stubble. The center's signature approach uses a combination of electrolysis and laser therapy to target unwanted hair and prevent it from growing back over time. Using sterilized, disposable gold probes for each treatment, the electrolysis technicians meticulously deliver bursts of heat energy to follicles. The GentleLase Pro cosmetic laser system takes a slightly different approach—albeit with the same goal—as it bombards hair with growth-inhibiting pulses of laser light energy. Although the center specializes in ridding bodies of routine stubble, it also specializes in stubborn realms of hair removal, including peach fuzz, white and gray hair, and feisty under-brow areas.