Amid Tip Top Nails' bright-green walls and leafy plants, trained staffers perch at more than six stations to perform traditional manicures and pedicures along with elaborate acrylics. They are also wise to the ways of durable Shellac polish, body waxes, and synthetic eyelash extensions.
With a Groupon in hand, you can book an appointment with one of the master hair shamans at Gasoline Alley to snip and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Gasoline Alley's stylists can sense your innermost hair-yearnings—no matter how straight, curly, short, or long—and will lovingly direct their careful scissors in tune with your thoughts and dreams, letting the creative forces flow wildly onto your scalp to transform that rebellious young mop top into a polished, well-behaved new 'do. Afterward, in the streets, you might find that your magnificent mane busts the binds of its bowler hat and leaps into sunshine, dappling the dark alleyways of careless coiffeurs.
Colorful flowers, ornate mirrors, and modern, sculptural art decorate the entryway of Exotic Image Tanning & Massage Spa. In the clean, quiet facility, customers relax and bask in the glow of traditional tanning beds or bronze with sunless Mystic Tan spray tanning. Exotic Image Tanning & Massage Spa helps customers maintain their tans with a range of lotions and sacrifices for the sun god.
With more than 10 years of experience to her name, Melissa helms one side of her eponymous salon while her sister and co-owner, Susan, lends her skills as a seamstress to the in-store boutique. The siblings’ signature blend of salon services and boutique luxuries sets them apart as a one-stop destination for those who like to mix their spa and retail therapies.
The sounds of clipping shears and contented sighs mingle on Melissa’s side of the salon, where she wields top-notch salon products that range from CND nail polishes to the individualized ointments of the Bioelements facial line. During haircuts, color services, and treatments for the face and nails, Melissa restores beauty lost to age or gambled away during high-stakes poker games.
Monica Hunter is part of the team at Issavia Hair Studio, a chic space with exposed brick walls, oak-framed mirrors, and antique furniture scattered tastefully throughout. Issavia Hair Studio staffs stylists and master stylists as well as renowned skincare specialists; Monica herself has experience working for a Conde Nast Top 10 Beauty Destination. At Isavia she helps clients regain healthy and radiant skin with treatments like microdermabrasion, which sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion. Isavia also offers facials and makeup applications as well as precision cuts, coloring, and styling?all of which can breathe new life into a client's personal style and increase their bathroom mirror's sense of job satisfaction.
Dawna Brisebois of Pioneer Valley Electrolysis debunks the myth that all hair-removal techniques are created equal. Plucking, tweezing, and waxing can cause hair to grow back even thicker than before, and lasers only target dark pigments—these methods may be less effective on blonde, grey, and red hair colors. But electrolysis puts an end to unwanted hair. The precise treatment targets each individual follicle with a quick pulse of energy that puts an end to regrowth, and is safe and effective for all skin and hair types.