A mere 12 months after Helen Mckenna opened id.Salon, it was voted Best New Salon by the Boston Globe ; four years later, the same publication gave it the honor of Best Salon - West. Chalk that up to the studied stylists, who craft cutting-edge 'dos designed to turn heads, and manicurist Galina Frishman, who has painted the nails of such stars as Jennifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz, and Sandra Bullock. The space echoes the staff's aesthetic: it's all modern abstract art and minimalist design, a hip spot so encouraging of transformation that you might be tempted to dye the hair on your arm tattoo.
Under the guidance of Dr. Cela Doppelt, the staff at Salon One MedSpa deftly iron out facial wrinkles with quick, minimally invasive Botox treatments. Technicians spend roughly 15 minutes injecting each targeted area with 20 units of Botox, delivered in quick succession to squelch wrinkles' stream of empty promises. The muscle-relaxing serum burrows its way through dermises to ease eyebrow furrows, crow's feet, and forehead lines for up to four months.
Tired talons and toe tips are expertly shaped and pampered at Wellesley Nails by Selma. The experience, which can last up to 90 minutes, kicks off with a tea-tree-oil soak, leaving hands softer than a velvet marshmallow. Sock stuffers are prepped for pampering with a fruit-extract exfoliating scrub and gently prodded with a circulatory massage, leaving the oft-abused appendages smooth and pulsing with life. A trained nail technician curtails cuticles and trims tips before covering digits in a chosen hue from such lines as OPI and Essie, which are free of formaldehyde, fumes, and rabid, foaming pigment.
Founded by Helena and Elie Cohen—a master colorist and stylist, respectively—Ardan Medspa + Salon has earned recurring coverage in publications such as Allure and Boston Common and a variety of Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine for five straight years. Within the salon, the duo and fellow stylists treat manes to designer cuts, color treatments, and other hair services.
Under a physician's guidance, Clinical Director Susan Fallon and her team also use advanced products in their med-spa services, such as the DermaSweep clinical facial that deeply exfoliates without the crystals of microdermabrasion or the chemical solutions of a peel. Further med-spa services include Vaser, and SmartLipo, the latest medical innovations for body sculpting and fat removal.
The studio surrounds guests with relaxing, warm tones and curved lines that create a sweeping, upward energy, encouraging visitors to release their stress and any helium-filled balloons they carried in.
At Salon Internationale, natural light pours through floor-to-ceiling front windows, casting honey-hued glow on the salon’s lime-green walls and polished wood floors. Amid these calming accents, owner Gianfranco Palestro and his expert styling team create flattering layers and revamp strands with highlights and all-over color. The crew also rehabs manes with deep-conditioning treatment and artful up-do’s fit for special occasion such as weddings, proms, and the anniversary of your very first up-do.
Tropez Aveda Salon and Spa splits its 4,000-square-foot facility right down the middle, dedicating itself equally to both sides of its name. From head to toe, the company's staff caters to each client's appearance, health, and relaxation, oftentimes turning to Aveda products to aid in fulfilling that mission. In the salon, stylists snip and rearrange hair, and nearby, nail stations refresh hands and feet. Massages, facials, and hydrotherapy treatments join forces to blitz stress in the med spa, which combines medical precision with relaxation more effectively than playing a game of Operation in a hot tub.