When co-owners April Lyn Graffeo and Jose Batistine first conceptualized their salon, they envisioned a stylish location employing innovative products and cutting-edge techniques. More than a decade later, Indra Salon and City Spa reflects their vision in many ways. Boston magazine applauded the salon's ambiance, noting "the Indra newcomer may fear she’s crashing a too-hip party," and happily chattering aestheticians performing a range of services orbit around chic design features that include a stage, central runway, and a statue of the inventor of hair. Tresses and muscles alike shed tangles in Brazilian Blowouts and nine massage modalities, all beneath shelves groaning under an armory of elixirs from Aveda, Goldwell, and L'Oreal.
The Aveda concept salon nurtures expertise with a sizeable stylist training program, in which students receive on-the-job training under highly accomplished mentors. The staff's enthusiasm has garnered the salon mentions from a wide range of publications and one town crier impersonating a magazine. happily chattering aestheticians performing a range of services orbit around chic design features that include a stage, central runway, and a statue of the inventor of hair. Tresses and muscles alike shed tangles in Brazilian Blowouts and nine massage modalities, all beneath shelves groaning under an armory of elixirs from Aveda, Goldwell, and L'Oreal.
The Aveda concept salon nurtures expertise with a sizeable stylist training program, in which students receive on-the-job training under highly accomplished mentors. The staff's enthusiasm has garnered the salon mentions from a wide range of publications and one town crier impersonating a magazine.
If the staff at All Care Laser Center exudes extreme confidence with a laser, it’s because they have been honing their skills since the FDA greenlighted the technology for aesthetic use in the ‘90s. The staff's laser techs, working alongside a medical aesthetician, harness light for a wide range of anti-aging and beautifying services. Though the end result of each treatment varies––from smoothing cellulite to ousting unwanted hair to discovering the true meaning of friendship––each one draws upon modern, quality equipment. Whereas the Affirm anti-aging workstation neutralizes wrinkles and scars, the VelaShape’s vacuum and rolling fixtures use heat to deflate fat cells. Non-laser treatments such as Botox, microdermabrasion facials, and White Brilliance teeth whitening put the final flourishes on extreme makeovers.
Created and helmed by husband and wife Eric and Jennifer Howard, Planet Color Salon & Nail Spa keeps clients chic by doling out everything from organic color treatments to special-event updos. Experience as an International Platform Artist for more than 20 years helped Eric hone his perfectionist's touch, further fueled by an acute knowledge of the Matrix, Pureology, and FHI Heat brands. He and his styling team update coifs with precision cuts and Ombre color technique, and are even masters of trendy add-ons such as glossing treatments or clip-in fruit hats. Meanwhile, skilled technicians pamper hands and feet with indulgent spa manicures and pedicures that might include softening paraffin wax or French tips. Fuzzy situations are easily mitigated as the team strips away stray hair from eyebrows, upper lips, and chins.
The specialists at LaseAway Skin and Laser Center can do just about anything with a laser. That's not because they've fought in the future's jousting tournaments?it's because the staff includes both registered nurses and licensed aestheticians, giving them the versatility to perform a variety of cosmetic and medical treatments using the FDA-approved devices. On the medical side, treatments can remove maladies such as spider veins, nail fungus, and melasma. Cosmetic services range from facials that boost collagen and tighten skin to hair removal for all skin tones.
Select salons offer Shellac polish, which can last?chip-free?for weeks. Read on for our look at this resilient manicure style.
After five years of testing and development, CND unveiled its secret weapon. It was virtually impenetrable?a veritable suit of armor. And it was just waiting to fall into the right hands. Dubbed Shellac, CND's new nail polish could last 14 days?336 hours?without a chip or smudge. The formula itself was a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with the easy, brush-on application of ordinary lacquer. Between each of four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cured the Shellac, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers could leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that could last for weeks.
Available in more than 45 shades, Shellac polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. The UV curing process?safe for the skin?is so effective that Shellac polish must be removed at the salon using strong acetone, most often by slipping a special soaking pad over each finger for a few minutes. Although the polish may not last on dry or flaky nails, healthy fingers generally retain their shine, only losing their color as the roots of new nails start to grow in from the cuticle.