Beauty & Health

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Way to Stay on Trend While Staying at Home


With Birchbox, busy moms and trendsetting 20-somethings are discovering how addictive try-it-before-you-buy-it can be. Just register on the website (monthly membership fees are $10 for women, $20 for men) and fill out a beauty profile, and Birchbox will send you a customized box of samples every month. Like what you try? Buy the full-size version of your perfume, makeup or skin-care selection, and you’ll earn points toward future purchases. It’s like going to a makeup counter in your pajamas. 

  • Athletic Clothing

    Lululemon Athletica

    Running, yoga and strength training feel better in Lululemon threads. They’re designed with attention to the tiniest details—like longer-length tops and sleeves with thumb-holes at the cuffs that will help keep you warm during cold winter workouts. The stylish spot for trim hoodies, perfectly cut tanks, and bras that hold you steady, Lululemon delivers clothes that work for lunges and lunch. 

    337 Newbury St., Boston, 617-867-6561; 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-262-2030;
  • Beautiful Act You Can Do

    Contribute to the Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund

    Among those injured by the Boston Marathon blasts were mother and daughter Celeste and Sydney Corcoran. Celeste, 47, a hairstylist at Emerge Spa and Salon and a past Boston’s Best winner for her beautiful blowouts, lost both legs below the knee. Sydney, 18, suffered arterial damage after being hit by shrapnel. Organizers are raising donations to help defray recovery costs and give mother and daughter some peace of mind. The fund’s raised more than $765,000 so far and got a big boost on May 13, when 20-plus local salons and spas banded together to help one of their own, donating services for a Celeste-A-Thon and raising more than $120,000. That’s the beauty of giving. 

    Enterprise Bank c/o Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund, 1120 Main St., Tewksbury,
  • Blowout

    Megan Graham Beauty

    The perfect blowout requires squeaky-clean hair, the right styling products and a steady hand with the equipment. You’ll find it all at Megan Graham’s two-year-old salon, where she works her magic one small section of hair at a time. In order to create long-lasting styles for her clients, Megan creates hair product cocktails, including shampoo and conditioner followed by heat protectant and mousse for a soft, movable hold—so once your hair is Megan-approved, you can finally stop fussing with it. 

    115 Newbury St., Suite 401, Boston, 617-236-8100, 
  • Cosmetics


    If your must-have list includes a new Marchesa perfume, NARS peachy-pink lip gloss and black Urban Decay eyeliner, relax and head to Sephora. This one-stop shop is home to a veritable who’s-who of beauty brands across a dizzying array of makeup, skin care, hair accessories, beauty tools and tanning products. Sephora offers an equally impressive product line for men, too. 

    800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-262-4200; additional locations in Cambridge and Chestnut Hill;
  • Day Spa

    Emerge Spa and Salon

    Escape the chaos of the outside world and soothe yourself with the luxurious treatments at Emerge Spa. Relaxation is guaranteed, with head-to-toe services that include massage, LaStone therapy, caviar facials, special herbal baths and nourishing body wraps. A club for men offers barber, manicure, pedicure and massage services. And the peaceful rooftop garden is the perfect place for visitors to decompress.

    275 Newbury St., Boston, 617-437-0006,
  • Beantown Bootcamp
    Photo Credit: Dana J. Quigley

    Exercise Class, Group Training

    Beantown Bootcamp

    Rain or shine, at the crack of dawn or after a long day’s work, a cadre of clients assembles on Canal Street for Beantown Bootcamp. And then the real fun begins: jogging, stair climbing, sprinting, agility training, strengthening exercises and cardio drills until you drop. Owner and 11-time marathoner John Wayman offers intense classes for all levels, and he is merciless. Beantown clients are rewarded with increased energy-—and the ability to give past fitness limitations the boot. 

    90 Canal St., Boston, 617-259-6955,
  • Exercise Class, Mind and Body

    Kundalini Yoga with Gongs

    In Inman Square you can move to a different beat at Kundalini Yoga Boston. Co-founder Siri Bani Kaur incorporates a gong’s hypnotic sound waves in her Kundalini classes, helping to guide students into deeper meditation for relaxation and healing. The gong, she says, “works with energy and sound currents, its vibrations releasing tension and stress.” All her students need to do is be still—and listen.

    186 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-868-0055,
  • Facial

    SkinHealth Centers

    Pampering is a priority at SkinHealth Centers, but the company’s physicians and nurse practitioners are serious when it comes to skin care. Whether zapping blemishes or zipping away fine lines, the pros are in charge—so relax, and enjoy treatments that clean and moisturize the skin. The in-house product line is formulated with powerful antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E. Here, looking good is good for your health. 

    73 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-7546; additional locations in Chestnut Hill and Wellesley Hills;
  • Hair Colorist

    Kim Bingham at Salon Marc Harris

    Can’t find veteran colorist Kim Bingham at Salon Marc Harris’ Financial District location? She may be styling hair at Boston Fashion Week or working on a magazine cover shoot. A master at foiling, she can brighten hair with ombré shading in pinks, greens and blues as deftly as she touches up subtly growing roots. No matter the challenge, Bingham passes with flying colors. 

    125 Broad St., Boston, 617-443-8633,
  • Hair Straightening

    Salon Àcôté

    To rescue hair from frizz on humid days, count on Àcôté, a salon that uses top-notch Coppola Keratin products and superior technique. Àcôté has two keratin services: the blowout that fends off frizz for up to six weeks, or the full treatment, which keeps your hair straight for three to four months. If you want the look to be permanent, Àcôté uses Bio Iconic’s system for world-class Japanese-style straightening.

    132 Newbury St. Boston, 617-262-5111,
  • Health Club


    At Equinox, there is no one path to physical fitness, and options range from traditional Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin yoga to body conditioning programs that mix suspension training and ropes. Equinox’s group classes will make you sweat with spinning, martial arts and pilates. The two Boston locations’ stellar amenities include WiFi hot spots, locker rooms stocked with Kiehl’s products and a juice bar/cafe. So get sweating. No excuses.

    225 Franklin St., Boston, 617-426-2140; 131 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-578-8918;
  • Health Club, Women

    Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women

    Healthworks empowers women to discover their own strength, whether that means finding the right TRX workout, perfecting the warrior yoga pose or training for the marathon. With group classes, workshops, nutrition counseling and 60-day workout challenges, Healthworks focuses on women by helping them achieve fitness goals, lose weight and improve mind and body health.

    441 Stuart St., Boston, 617-859-7700; additional locations in Brookline, Cambridge and Chestnut Hill;
  • Lash L’Amour
    Photo Credit: Nicole Popma


    Lash L’Amour

    Lash L’Amour’s Cynthia Tsang has made lovely, multiple-layer lashes the standard. Tsang and her staff layer clients’ lashes, which she says makes them look fuller and more natural. All lashes are matched to the curve of the individual’s eye and come in nine lengths and an array of styles. Blink if you approve. 

    129 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-1871; 55 Langley Road, Newton, 617-916-1209;
  • Violet
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    Local Product


    The best testimonial to the all-natural products that Violet Mkhitaryan makes herself? There’s not a wrinkle in sight on the 62-year-old’s face. A native of Armenia with an advanced degree in biochemistry, Mkhitaryan splits her time between her lab, where she formulates her magic masks, oils and creams from scratch each week, and the Coolidge Corner spa she opened in 2007. 

    1362 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-264-7546,
  • Makeup Artist

    Bre Welch

    Bre Welch can create an elegant bridal visage, alien creature effects for high-fashion runways and flawless rock-star makeup for the B-52s. “I like to get my hands into everything,” says Welch, who previously studied classical ballet. More than a decade later, her career as a makeup artist is in full bloom, matching her talent in ballet slippers.

  • Manicure/Pedicure

    Lyuda Ayzenberg at Beaucage Salon and Spa

    If you have 20 digits that demand extra attention this summer, then dial up Lyuda Ayzenberg. Her blissful Beaucage mani/pedi will perfectly prep toes and fingers for any season. Ayzenberg offers Zoya’s natural polish to pregnant clients and allergy sufferers. And to get into that summer relaxation mode, try a heated basalt-stone pedicure for tired feet or an aromatherapy manicure with essential oils and skin conditioners. 

    71 Newbury St., Boston, 617-437-7171,
  • Massage

    The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

    The Mandarin Oriental, Boston aptly calls the spa an oasis of complete calm. This 16,000-square-foot facility offers five-star pampering. An initial consultation assesses mind and body health, followed by personalized treatments and oils. So put on a soft robe and enjoy a hot tub or steam before you sink into a therapeutic Swedish or aroma stone massage. 

    776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8820,
  • Men’s Haircut/Grooming

    Lance Collins at Mario Russo

    Colorist and stylist Lance Collins understands that cutting men’s hair in the 1960s Mad Men style—or almost any style—is way more complicated than it looks. “Length doesn’t connote simplicity,” says Collins, who joined Mario Russo in 2008 and works out of their Newbury Street location. Good thing Collins is a pro with the scissors, carefully clipping and styling power brokers, politicians and hipsters.

    9 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-6676,
  • Salon

    James Joseph Salon

    James Joseph is a go-to urban salon for world-class hair. Opened earlier this year, their latest location in the W Boston has it all: expert stylists, top-notch products, fabulous color, quality cuts and stellar service. James Joseph’s growing business also includes a new salon in Plymouth.

    100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-292-3328; additional locations in Boston, Medford and Plymouth; 
  • Salon, Ethnic

    Epiphany Hair Care Studio

    Epiphany is the Boston area’s go-to multicultural salon, staffed by pros who know how to cut, style and care for textured hair. Since Donna and Damon Chaplin—a stylist and barber, respectively—opened the studio four years ago, business has been booming, with local doctors, lawyers and newscasters heading to West Roxbury for hair care. No matter what your type of locks, you’re in expert hands at Epiphany. 

    1725 Centre St., Boston, 617-477-8248, 
  • Salon, Suburban


    SalonCapri combines sizzling scissor and color work without sacrificing the fun. Whether it’s “Blow-Out and Go-Out” Fridays (complete with “Capri-tinis”) or a Saturday jazz brunch, they don’t cut corners. The family-owned business has a new location on Newbury Street, and SalonCapri is one of only a handful of L’Oréal training centers in the country. 

    31 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, 617-969-1970; additional locations in Dedham and Boston; 
  • Trainer

    Stephen Allison at Sports Club/LA

    Core fitness is the credo embraced by Stephen Allison, a veteran trainer at Sports Club/LA. With a focus on results, be it weight loss, endurance or strength, Allison expertly handles clients of every demographic, tailoring routines for each session, so you never feel bored. An hour with Allison works out the full body, including muscles you may have forgotten you owned. But it leaves you looking forward to the next round. 

    4 Avery St., Boston, 617-375-8200,
  • Updo

    Michael Albor at the Loft

    The Loft owner Michael Albor is an industry veteran whose soft, romantic updos stand out at weddings and special occasions. Albor makes preserving healthy hair a priority, using plenty of heat protectant while he sculpts. An educator with Aquage, he has styled fashion shoots for the The Boston Globe, The Improper Bostonian and Elegant Wedding. Once Albor gets his hands on your hair, you might never want to wear it down again. 

    253 Newbury St., floor 2, Boston, 617-536-5638,
  • Waxing

    Skin Care Studio by Irina

    With a welcoming smile, Irina Fiksler will whip your bikini line into shape, taking the fear out of the Brazilian. At her tidy Brookline studio, customers count on gentleness and speed, which are facilitated by high-quality hard chamomile wax that won’t strip the skin. When new clients come in quaking, Fiksler hands them a stress ball and gets to work. 

    1414 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-913-0662,
  • Pure Barre
    Photo Credit: Cybelle Codish

    Welcome Addition

    Pure Barre

    Whether you’re the Sugar Plum Fairy or a mom trying to snap your body back into shape, Pure Barre delivers results. Weston native Lauren Marett Sherman opened Pure Barre Boston in 2012, promising a 55-minute isometric workout that would “lift your seat, tone your thighs and burn fat in record-breaking time.” Pure Barre also helps develop strength and flexibility—no tutus required. 

    350 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-5360,
  • Loredana Farahani at Pini Swissa Salon
    Photo Credit: Lara Callahan

    Women’s Haircut

    Loredana Farahani at Pini Swissa Salon

    Loredana Farahani wants women to walk out of Pini Swissa Salon with a look that gives them confidence. She’s cutting a lot of modern, natural, sexy layers into hair right now, but she won’t lie to a client if she thinks something won’t work. “I tell them what I think would work best,” Farahani says. “They might not get what they thought they were getting when they came in, but they leave happy.” 

    18 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-1727,
  • Yoga Studio

    Health Yoga Life

    Health Yoga Life helps students of all levels tune in, slow down and focus on the body. At their Beacon Hill studio, the four Bielkus sisters are known for helping clients with proper alignment, deepening and strengthening poses so that everyone—from newbies to yoga veterans—will get the most out of class. Add to the bliss with their life-coaching offerings or take your practice to the next level with their yoga teacher training

    12 Temple St., Boston, 857-350-4124,

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