By  on June 22, 2007

Although Boston may best be known for Paul Revere, the Red Sox and a certain 18th-century tea party, visitors may be surprised by Beantown's booming beauty business. Take a break from the NACDS trade show floor by visiting some of the area's salons, spas and beauty boutiques.

Mario Russo Salon

9 Newbury Street


Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Louis Boston at 234 Berkeley


Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Description: Mario Russo Salon is a full-service salon providing consumers with hairstyling, coloring, manicures, pedicures and a recently launched menu of medical-grade facial treatments. For those in the mood to shop at Louis Boston after a treatment, go to the location on 234 Berkeley.

Signature service: The Mario Russo Ultra-Custom Anti-Aging DNA Facial Treatment for $350 is a two-step DNA facial treatment that analyzes the skin and determines what it needs. The first appointment includes a cleanse, epidermal peel and a DNA sample from the inner cheek, which is sent to an outside firm to test the strands and consumers' skin health. The second appointment involves photodynamic light therapy and offers customers their own Mario Russo Ultra Custom Anti-Aging Cream.

Brands sold: Mario Russo, Kérastase and Davines.

MELT Salon & Spa

172 Newbury Street


Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description: Recently opened Melt Salon & Spa makes guests feel at home with a cozy ambience. While deciding on treatments like a hot stone massage, customized Luzern facial or peppermint pedicure, customers can sip on complimentary Champagne and wine with fresh fruit and pastries.

Signature service: The Hydrafacial, $200, is designed for any skin conditions — from aging and hyperpigmentation to acne or dryness. The treatment removes dead skin cells and impurities, while simultaneously treating the skin with vitamin-enriched serums.

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