The team of aesthetic artists at Luce Salon & Esthetics has been beautifying faces for more than a decade. Their training took place as locally as Boston and as far as Switzerland. To retain a firm grasp of innovative techniques and new trends, their hairstylists attend regular Wella Trend classes when they aren't crafting customized looks with products by Wella, featuring Illumina Color, Sebastian, Nioxin, and Thermafuse. Aestheticians tailor skincare treatments such as facials and waxes to each client's needs and draw from an arsenal of products, including those by G.M. Collin and Image. Mink and silk eyelashes are applied with PremierLash products, and bodies are bronzed with custom spray-tanning services. Nail technicians, alternatively, cosset paws by performing classic manicures with polishes by OPI and Essie, applying hot stones to aching feet, and softening hands with the tears of used candles.
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.
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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have top Master Stylists with many years of experience that are professionally trained to work with all types of hair. We offer in house pedi and manicure service. We can also book after hours with advance notice.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To empwer independance and grow your business.
What do you love most about your job?
To see people come in with stress and leave feeling relaxed and a smile.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
That they love our cozy atmosphere and attentiveness as well as their stylists and above all our products an prices.
The staff at Galina’s European Skincare takes the term “golden glow” literally. One of its specialties is the Golden Glow mask, a moisturizing blend of oat peptide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and 24-karat gold dust. This sparkly treatment boosts collagen production and moisturizes skin so that faces look fresher and better able to guarantee a currency. Though not all of the spa’s services incorporate precious metals, they do work to improve the look and feel of skin. The staff members can suggest a combination of facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and anti-aging LED therapy to combat each client's particular skin issues. They also perform manicures and pedicures, apply eyelash extensions, and remove hair permanently using electrolysis.
Crystals, volcanic sulfur, and black caviar extract may not seem like likely spa products, but that's where the "innovation" in Skin Innovations Spa comes from. The staff uses these nourishing products in tandem with clinical treatments to relax and refresh clients. Come in for a Hungarian organic facial or pumpkin peel and stay to have a skin irregularity whisked away through cryotherapy spot removal. These diverse offerings—along with a wealth of products from Pevonia Botanica and Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics—has earned the oasis a slew of awards and honors.