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.
Pino Milano, the owner and master stylist at Belvedere Salon and Spa, draws from 30 years of hairstyling experience to craft designer haircuts and imbue flattering color. A native of Italy, Pino brings a touch of European style to his salon, where an equally impressive roster of master stylists and aestheticians with training in Europe, New York, and Boston practice their respective fields of expertise. The salon experts call on formulas by Matrix, Moroccanoil, and Crew to forge elegant new hairstyles, and nail and skin specialists perform facials, waxing services, and luxurious mani-pedis with reflexology treatments and sea-salt scrubs.
Owners Alaina Trocano and Diane Mahoney aim to leave clients looking and smelling as good as the inside of Soma Day Spa. Set between the Wakefield MBTA station and serene Lake Quannapowitt, the warmly decorated space fills with the aromas of pumpkin, chocolate, shea butter, and other natural ingredients during indulgent facials and body treatments. But these services aren't just a feast for the senses or an inspiration for what kind of cookies to pick up on the way home. Aestheticians can also customize treatments to address skin concerns such as acne, rosacea, oiliness, or the effects of age.
De Novo is as much a salon as a swank artist's loft. The recently-renovate space invites relaxation while guests await the expert snipping of De Novo's stylists, who transform tresses with products by Moroccanoil, American Crew, and Keune. But haircare is just a part of the salon's services. Guests may request a waxing session to nix unwanted hair, or a special occasion makeup session to transform a full-length mirror into a sophisticated dinner date.
Helaine Marie has refined her hair-coloring technique over the last two decades and now creates rich tapestries of color with her certifications in Wella and Framesi. She opened her eponymous salon in 2004, inviting expert aestheticians to grace the rooms of an intimate, fairy-lit space draped in lilac curtains. A certified Master Colorist, Marie specializes in complex corrective programs and foils, including her signature highlight treatment. The Foliage Foil evokes the glow of the woods in autumn with blends of copper, crimson, and the deep gold of slowing photosynthesis caused by winter's Midas touch, each mixed individually to warm clients? natural hues. To remain a well-rounded stylist, she earned two certifications in re-texturing and trained her shears with KMS California, mastering their cutting techniques to become a style council trainer. Helaine Marie is also certified in the Ouidad cutting technique and the Pureology system and carries both product lines in their entirety, in addition to offering the ammonia-free, oil-based Chromatics Color Line.