At Pastiche Salon and Day Spa, a dedicated staff of stylists and aestheticians work together to keep their clients' hair and skin smooth. Master stylist Wanda Griffiths leads the styling team, focusing on educating clients with ways to keep their hair healthy between salon visits. Meanwhile, Master Aesthetician Briana Cairnie tends to their skincare needs with stimulating treatments such as collagen facials, glycolic facials, and back facials. The Pastiche Salon and Day Spa team also performs manicures and pedicures to purify the tiny pores on top of fingertips.
Vegans could easily wear out their shoes wandering the streets of Boston in search of an animal- and eco-friendly day spa. But the quest ends at gohspa—whose prefix is a hidden acronym of green, organic, holistic—a beauty haven where staffers use purified water and skincare formulas that are organic, vegan, and, upon request, gluten free. According to Woburn Advocate blogger and organic-lifestyle advocate Betsy Wild, owner Beth Gaudette has been a green cosmetologist for more than 20 years and has constructed her spa with "low VOC paint, cork floors, LED lighting, low flush toilets, energy efficient washers, dryers, heating and cooling systems, [and] organic towels." The building is unsurprisingly LEED-certified, and the spa services have the safety and well-being of both staff and clients in mind. Pedicures, for example, take place in a pipeless unit featuring a filtered dual-water system, with polish that is free of formaldehyde, camphor, or glitter harvested from radioactive pixies.
Though Kara Ouellette was a dancer, her graceful movements were hampered by constant pain. She turned to several different treatments but only found relief through massage therapy. Free of discomfort, Kara was able to study psychology and land a job in corporate sales—a career path that left her dissatisfied until she turned, once again, to massage. She attended Cortiva Institute's massage-therapy program, where she developed a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. After receiving her massage-therapy license, she became a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and founded Emerald Therapeutic Massage. Today, Kara mends muscles with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage while wearing green-tinted glasses. In addition to building her practice, Kara volunteered her services by providing post-event chair massages for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge—which raises money for cancer research—at the 2011 Boston Marathon.
Winchester Electrology & Laser Center founder Paula O'Byrne and her staff are single-mindedly devoted to one mission: hair removal. Armed with a GentleLase laser, technicians zap away unwanted follicles while a built-in cryogen spray keeps the skin cool. For hair that stubbornly sticks around after multiple laser sessions, electrolysis services can shut down the most stubborn of follicles. Between both methods, the savvy techs can stop hair growth in a large area or shape sideburns to naturally grow into lightning bolts.