When I first visited Beacon Hill's new boutique salon, Zena Rose, my hair wasn't really doing it for me. I guess that's why we visit the salon, right? It had an almost unkept look to it, long and brassy, and was evidence of a Summer that began with a family trip to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island and ended with a two-week girl's trip to the coasts of Italy and France. Then Fall came, the temperature dropped, and so did every curl and wave I half-assedly attempted. We had both given up.
So I visited Marina, the owner and head-stylist at Zena Rose. My appointment was on an overcast weekday morning, the type you want to start slow. In fact, my dream salon-scenario is one where I leisurely spend a couple hours effortlessly conversing with a quick-witted stylist who totally gets it in an ultra-chic space. Too specific? Well, thats exactly what happened. #salongoals
The space has a very Baroque/industrial vibe, inspired by Marina's recent travels to Paris and Amsterdam. There is also an incredible personal touch that is reminiscent of Marina's Siberian upbringing; sepia-toned family photographs are delicately placed throughout the shop and the name itself is a hybrid of both her grandmother's. For those who are ingredient-conscious (me!), another serious perk is is the organic color system, Euphoria, which is free of Ammonia, Formaldehyde, and Sodium Laurel Sulphates, to name a few.
Marina and I decided on a chic, Olivia Palermo-inspired long blunt cut, with a colored gloss to enhance the base color, and cooler-toned blonde balayage. The brassy-ness was gone and the overall look was polished in a casual way, perfect for Fall. My hair felt great, too, thanks to Olaplex, a fascinating, non-toxic treatment oil that preserves hair integrity during coloring by linking single, broken bonds to increase strength and elasticity (you need it, trust).
The best part, besides loving the end result, was that there was no rush or distractions, no back-to-back appointments or a high-trafficked atmosphere. Just me, Marina, and her sweet partner, Kel, who manages the space. And did I mention she's hilarious? It was like grabbing coffee with a friend, but I left with banging hair. And I can't really think of anything better.
Zena Rose is located at 49 River Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA. To book an appointment, visit zenarose.com or call (857) 991-1680.