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Beauty boom

Human hair grows a measly 1.25 centimeters a month. Boston's beauty scene seems to be growing a helluva lot faster. Here are three local salons expanding their empires this season.
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By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 09, 2012
Cutting a check

Cutting a check


Sure, exposure to paparazzi seems to increase one's risk of ending up in rehab or prison. But sometimes we wish shutterbugs could stalk our favorite...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 11, 2011
Getting it straight: Untangling the Keratin Controversy

Getting it straight: Untangling the Keratin Controversy


Photo: JANICE CHECCHIO Everyone wants less tress stress. And although gals with straight hair might beg to differ, taming an unruly curly mane is probably...
By Cheryl Fenton  |  May 02, 2011
Making the cut: Beauty school is only the beginning. A stylist's real education starts on the salon floor.

Making the cut: Beauty school is only the beginning. A stylist's real education starts on the salon floor.


Photo: CHRISTOPHER PADGETT To be perfectly honest, though we've spent plenty of time in stylists' chairs, we'd never really given the subject of salon ed...
By Heather Bouzan  |  May 02, 2011
Balancing Act

Balancing Act


We know at some point, you've nearly pulled your hair out when debating shampoo options. Salon shelves are stocked with über-specific, hair-splitting varieties that make...
By Stuff Boston  |  March 08, 2010
Roots

Roots


 

Newbury Street is rife with salons — some old, some new, some whose “three cuts for the price of two!” pleas might foreshadow imminent demise. But perched at the very top of the street is one salon that’s been at the top of the game for decades. Upon entrance, WBZ’s Lisa Hughes is seen drip-drying; a twinkly-eyed receptionist practically dances a jig when fetching me coffee.

This is Mario Russo’s fiefdom, an empire he created two decades ago that’s still buzzing today. In an industry where trends change faster than Lindsay Lohan’s sexuality, Russo, 49, seems indestructible. His fans are legion, his clients are loyal, and his colleagues (almost) universally admire him. A few anonymous scissoristas bristled at his name — I even got one abrupt ha
By Kara Baskin  |  May 04, 2009



The chair: Colorist or therapist? In the client-stylist relationship, sometimes it’s hard to tell.

The chair: Colorist or therapist? In the client-stylist relationship, sometimes it’s hard to tell.


WHEN JESSICA Simpson’s fairy-tale Newlyweds romance came crashing down on her hot-rollered head, she found public comfort in a trusted companion. But it wasn’t one...
By Sharon Steel  |  May 05, 2008
Making the cut: Meet the Boston salon industry's new gaurd

Making the cut: Meet the Boston salon industry's new gaurd


In the Boston salon world, you recognize all the boldfaced names. You see them emblazoned on storefronts up and down Newbury Street, you stuff their eponymous...
By Heather Bouzan  |  May 02, 2008
Clothing with a conscience: Eco-friendly fashion goes mainstream

Clothing with a conscience: Eco-friendly fashion goes mainstream


WHEN IT COMES to fashion, it hasn’t always been easy to be green. But lately, eco-conscious fashion designers and artisans have been going mainstream, creating...
By Erica Corsano  |  April 22, 2008
A wink and a smile

A wink and a smile


Whether we’re single or attached, no matter: we love a good flirt. The best are full of lash-fluttering and witty banter and devoid of any...
By Heather Bouzan  |  February 11, 2008