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.
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.
With more than 18 years of experience, the aestheticians at Blooming Nails soften and protect faces against stress-induced imperfections. Using clinically proven bioactive ingredients, Unstress facials help to provide protection to DNA and cell membranes, alleviating the damaged skin while simultaneously strengthening it. Technicians treat skin with high-end products from Christina, soothing irritation, itching, and inflammation brought on by seasonal rounds of bobbing for Brillo pads. High-tech creams aim to boost the body's natural immune system and cell-defense mechanisms, working to comprehensively steel skin so clients won’t have to speed-dial the dermatologist in the middle of the night.
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.
Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
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.