Modern lights hang from the ceiling like glowing wine glasses, illuminating cherry-red walls, hardwood floors, and a lush wooden wraparound counter. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists dispense of split ends and craft a modern style to match lifestyle and personality. Guests can also pluck from the salon's ample bouquet of non-hair-beautifying services, which range from mani-pedi treatments to sunless-tanning sessions.
Stacy Winick and Sofia Golberg may have been from two different parts of the world, but the beauty industry brought them together 20 years ago and has kept them in partnership ever since. The aesthetician from Russia who trained in Israel and the manicurist and past beauty shop owner from Boston met at a South Shore salon—a salon the co-owners thought they could surpass with their business plan. So they opened a beauty destination and named it after the French words for “beautiful face”—what Napoleon stamped on 63% of his soldiers' cheeks.
At the newly renovated Belle Visage Day Spa, Stacy and Sofia highlight their clients' natural beauty with manicures and pedicures, massages, makeup services, and specialized facials. Their diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tool clears dead skin cells to stimulate growth of healthier skin during the diamond peel, and their services don’t stop with the skin. Stacy and Sofia also present massages for knotted muscles and mani-pedis for hands and feet that just clawed a wedding ring out of the lint trap.
The human face, like a blank canvas, harbors infinite possibilities for beauty. But few can claim the artistic expertise of Covergirl cosmetics freelancer Danielle Scanlon-Hill, who set out on her journey in the salon and spa industry more than 12 years ago. Now she now helms B. Makeup and Brow Boutique’s team of makeup artists, who use eight makeup lines to tailor each aesthetic strategy according to the client's specific skin type and condition. The savvy beauty mavens can scale their services as needed, from simple eyebrow pruning or eyelash extensions all the way to full makeovers for rugged firemen who must go undercover as kittens.
There's more than one way to tan a hide, and Sun Touch Tanning provides a slew of them. With 12-minute VHR tanning beds and 9-minute Sun Capsule standup booths in its glow-giving arsenal, clients receive tans with some of the latest in UV technology. But since UV tanning isn't for everyone, so Sun Touch Tanning also gilts tanners with spray tans applied by certified technicians. Those same techs can travel to homes for private spray-tan parties to coat party-goers in solutions that leave skin one to two shades darker. Parties can even include solutions that set in one hour, making them ideal for a bachelorette party, girls' night out, or Come as Your Favorite Wood costume gala.
Something changed in Braintree, Massachusetts more than two decades ago. Many of its citizens started sporting chic new hairstyles, thanks to the opening of Nancy's Special Touch. Today, the salon still styles women, men, and kids. Their beauty experts dole out many hair and nail services, from highlights to mani-pedis.