Everyone who visits Bella Donna Salon & Spa for hair services gets at least three treatments on the house: a scalp massage, a hand and arm massage, and an aromatic towel for their face. All those extra details are meant to make the experience a luxurious one.
The services themselves tend to have similarly extravagant touches. Inside the Aveda concept salon, stylists don't just trim and color; they also perform spiral perms and keratin-infused blow outs, which smooth the hair before shaping it into a celebrity's silhouette. Caribbean body treatment with a manicure and pedicure pampers the body with a seaweed mask and hot-stone massages incorporate sweet-smelling flower essences. The spa also offers Aveda facials, spray tans, and temporary Henna tattoos.
The 16 professionals at Hair Design stay abreast of beauty trends and regularly attend classes in order to offer clients up-to-date hair services, waxing treatments, and nailcare. Using products from popular brands including Biolage and Kenra, the salon has been transforming looks for men, women, and children for more than a quarter century.
At Salon Laura Michaels, which earned a Best Boston Hair Salon award in 2005, stylists apply high-end products from brands such as Goldwell and Moroccanoil during haircuts, highlights, and conditioning services. Strands soak up a hydrating elixir during deep-conditioning treatments, which help prevent hair from breaking or becoming an actual bird’s nest. Stylists wash, cut, and style coiffures into face-flattering designs, adding partial or full highlights to attract attention more tastefully than a tub of popcorn chatting on a cell phone. During the one–two hours of pampering, visitors can take in Laura Michaels’ modern décor, which encompasses droplights, sleek wooden floors, and an end-table with quirky cut-outs.
Dr. Robert J. Rosenstein, director of Affiliated Podiatrists Inc., has been tending to feet since 1981. Today, he leads a team of podiatric pros that craft customized treatment plans for clients suffering from everything from plantar fasciitis and ingrown toenails to fungal infections and mythological arrows lodged in the heel. The experts first diagnose and treat each client's needs. Once treatment is completed, they advise clients on the best way to maintain their improved health. The doctors’ expertise also extends to geriatric and diabetic foot concerns—and they even make house calls.
Crush Salon and Spa's diverse services run the gamut from beauty to relaxation, including hot-stone massages, keratin straightening treatments, and a full-fledged spray-tan business. The staff cuts hair for women, men, and children, applies professional makeup, and rejuvenates complexions with deep-cleansing facials. In addition to these conventional salon services, Spray U Tan—located inside Crush—focuses exclusively on airbrush tanning, bronzing clients' bodies from head to toe, conjuring golden skin tones the way alchemists conjure excuses for why they seem to never actually turn anything into gold.
At Go Bare! a team of veteran aestheticians elevate their range of traditional spa and waxing services with a carefully curated collection of skincare products made both locally and around the globe. Their Belgian waxes are triple-filtered and infused with zinc and titanium dioxide to minimize redness after hair-removal sessions. For skin nourishment, aestheticians use a physician-developed line of epidermal elixirs hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, where they're made with vitamins and antioxidants. Locally made creams, meanwhile, boast 100% organic blends of mint and chocolate, or vanilla and honey, and are painted across freshly waxed skinscapes to soothe the aches that follow follicular uprooting.