Where to Give Yourself a Tune-up in Boston
From blow-outs to beard trims, personal shoppers to personal primping, here are some great bets for finding a little "me time."
Whether you need to recover from hours spent in meetings or from watching the Red Sox tank another season, how can you refresh yourself in Boston and feel light on your feet again? Here are a few ways to rejuvenate, regenerate and generally just take care of yourself in Beantown.
A couple of blocks from Copley Square, Boston magazine voted Drybar the best blowout in the city this year. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing like stale airplane air to suck the life out of a 'do – and sometimes the key to a good day is good hair. Beyond the de rigueur wash, dry and style, Drybar also offers a hydrating treatment and repairing mud mask for some extra gloss on your locks.
234 Clarendon St., 617-449-7287
Luggage gone missing, red wine spilling, surprise formal function impending? Whatever the sartorial need, Alisa Neely should be in your phone book. One of the city’s top stylists and personal shoppers, Neely is on your side. She does house calls, during which she’ll bring a selection of hand-picked items for you to try. A media session will help you look your best in front of the camera. She even tracks down gifts for others (missing a milestone birthday because of work? Neely could save the day). Why waste time going store to store when Neely already has the city’s best on speed dial?
Offering haircuts, beard trims, hot lather shaves and even facials, the staff at this institution know their way around follicles. The nine barbers on staff have at least 10 years of experience each, making this less a service and more an experience. Beard trims run $25, while all other services are $40 and up. It’s best to book an appointment ahead; they’re open seven days a week and till 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
1313 Washington St., 617-753-9990
No service is too small for aesthetician Jennifer Catrambone: not eyelash extensions, not even eyebrow shaping. But her speciality is facials, which run the gamut from oxygen to microdermabrasion, to the gluten-free Glow, which includes a peel and max that detoxifies and oxygenates skin. Ideal for dehydrated, tired and/or stressed skin, you can fit the Glow in during a lunch hour (it’s only 50 minutes); it costs $150. The clinic is right next to Boston Public Garden, an ideal place to stroll and maintain your serenity after a treatment.
18 Newbury St., 617-262-1607
If your idea of pamperin yourself involves doing squats in style, this gym, a mecca for fitness enthusiasts, is for you. This luxe studio in Fort Point, just a 10-minute drive from Boston Logan Airport, makes space for two boxing rings – which is no surprise, at the place was founded by George Foreman III. Single passes cost $30 and allow access to all facilities including the vast spectrum of classes, from Fighter’s Yoga to Cycling to Bags + Body, a boot camp-style bag workout – just the thing to pump you up before a major meeting or ease stress after a long, tense day. Along with a steam room and sauna, there’s an organic juice bar on site. Consider Everybody Fights a one-stop fitness shop.
15 Channel Center St., 857-250-4140
This article was originally published on July 22, 2015