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.
Dr. Martin E. Cutler’s more than 30 year career is defined by his mastery of new technology. In the ‘70s, he was one of the first area doctors to offer no-stitch cataract lens replacement. Today, he helps patients reduce their dependence on glasses with LASIK and makes reading glasses obsolete with conductive keratoplasty, the first FDA-approved procedure that sharpens one’s up-close vision and makes Moby Dick easier to understand.
Alongside Dr. Cutler’s opthalmology center stands a medical spa staffed by licensed aestheticians. With the aid of the Palomar StarLux system, they harness the power of intense pulse light to oust unwanted fuzz from anywhere on the body. They also pair facials with botanical Nelly de Vuyst products and deep-clean pores with PCA chemical peels, and offer free skin analyses to help patients find the best course of treatment or the best way to flaunt a Jay Leno–shaped birthmark.
Maximum Image Hair Salon & Day Spa's trained staff is equipped to expedite epidermal elation through a number of facials. The vitamin C facial ($95) nourishes the skull-sheath with a Kakadu plum's worth of antioxidant ability, helping to repair and rejuvenate skin damaged by the shine of the sun, while the Decléor aromatherapy facial ($99+) kicks off with a 10-minute back massage before treating the face to exfoliation, extraction, and additional massage. The Repêchage four-layer facial ($99) is a seaweed-soaked sojourn into soothing skin satisfaction, as toxins are flushed out of pores and replaced with nifty nutrients.
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.