I booked a last minute appointment at Toscana day spa with Christine for eyebrows and full leg wax, based on the glowing review on this site. I could not have been more pleased, not only was the experience as painless as waxing can be but I was smooth in just about 45 minutes! My eyebrows looked amazing. Highly recommend this place.
I have been up and down this St and wasted my money on countless facials that did nothing to help me but once Doina's hands touched my face, I knew I found heaven. I have sensitive skin that breaks out. In my mid-twenties, I'm too old to feel like a an awkward 15 yr old all over again. After one visit and I saw amazing results!! I wasn't rushed like other Newbury St spa, feeling like I was cattle-herded in and out. I was pampered over an hr and half and went I left my skin was looked and felt fabulous. I can't wait to go back for my next appointment
The atmosphere of this Newbury St gem (it's wedged between the Lucky / Diesel Jeans stores and Economy Hardware - right across from CVS) will have you more relaxed as soon as you step in. And given the quality of their services, their prices are well below that I expected.
The stylists and estheticians are some of the best in the field - their stylist used to cut Tom Brady's hair, and their esthetician, a perfect gentleman which hails from California, was voted the best in Boston for his skill and care. I was just coming in the place when a customer who came in with his wife raved, "That was the best facial I have ever gotten".
While looking them up, I also found out that their Cumberland, RI salon was voted the state's best by the Rhode Island Monthly - they should be less bashful and let customers know that. That just makes it even more exciting that they have opened this Boston location as well!
Thanx to Bouchra, i can put my worries about my hair to rest. She always does a magnificent job, whether it is color, highlights or cut or anything that has to do with your hair. I've been to many salons before but nobody could understand my needs as Bouchra does nor were they as patient. I have a high maintenance hair and only Bouchra has the expertise to make it look its best,which why i call her magic hands. If you haven't met Bouchra yet, i urge you to give her a try, i'm sure you'll be extremely satisfied. She truly is the best hairdresser i've ever had!
Now I know why Brad is called a literal miracle worker. I have had facials at some of the finest spas in the world, nothing compares to the treatment I received from Brad. The results... glowing and lifted. I am still seeing the difference two weeks later. My advice to anyone looking to turn back the hands of time and get completely pampered, go see Brad, he is truly amazing!
I thought it was still Salon Pinni and just walked in thinking I would get an eyebrow wax. Doina ended up doind my brows-the arch is perfect! I did reschedule for a facial and you can't find any better!!! They have a big selection of some of the most amazing lines (Bare Minerals, Emminence and Epicuren are just a few) and the quality of work is like nothing else. My skin looks and feels 100 times better than before I walked in. I've lived in Boston for years now and am familiar with the talent on Newbury, but by far, this is the best!
The place is huge, the staff and atmosphere is warm and inviting! Everyone goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and the quality is beyond superb!!!!
Stanley has been doing my hair for about 5 years now. Why? Because he is one of the very few who knows what he is doing. I can't tell you how many newbury st salons have butchered my hair, and one time even melted it and i really wanted to die. That is how i found Stanley. He seriously fixed my problems and sent me on my way..and so i came back.
Now he is at Toscana which is such a really comforting atmosphere. You really won't find anything like it on newbury. They seem to go out of their way to make their customers comfy, and it always smells really good in there. I can't wait to try out their spa services.
This place is the best. The service is unbelievable, the staff professional, friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is to die for. I have never ever had a problem with my hair when Stanley does it, no one does it better. Toscana is such a beautiful place, I seriously told them I was moving in last time I was there! Do yourself a favor and go to Toscana. You won't regret it!
Best New Salon on Newbury Street
September 17, 2007 1:41 PM PST
I have been to several of the salon on Newbury Street and none has offered the superior service that Toscana European Day Spa Offers. Lead stylist Stanley is a Newbury Street veteran and his style and technique (for both cut and color) are flawless - and without the attitude you might find at some other salons!
Although I did not receive any skin care or massage, I did get a chance to explore the facility, which is well designed and offers an old Italian elegant feel. The floor plan is well laid-out and the decor is well equipped without seeming overly modern.
Every staff member I encountered, whether it was to check in or ask for a restroom, was charming and friendly.
I have been a client of Stanley's for years and have suffered the attitudes at other salons so that I might walk away with one of his magic cuts, and I am delighted to report that he is finally at a salon that is engaging as he is. I look forward to exploring the other personal care services that Toscana has to offer and I would HIGHLY recommend Stanley to anyone who is looking for a superior cut or color.
I stopped by Toscana last week for a wax and pedicure. The place is clean, tranquil and European-looking. I had an extremely through pedicure done by Christine. She also did a great job cleaning up my eyebrows. Front desk staff was friendly and accommodating.
I went to Toscana for the first time based on a friend's recommendation. I absolutely loved it. I had a wax done by Christine. She did a great job and was very attentive. She did a full check over before moving on to the next area to make sure no strays were left behind. In addition to my usual wax areas, I also got my eyebrows done. Christine is a wizard at perfectly shaping eyebrows. She is also very pleasant and friendly, that I sometimes forget that I am there being waxed. I highly recommend stopping by and checking it out for yourselves. The place is so gorgeous. It has very beautiful decor, and the ambiance is spectacular.
I have tried several salons in the area but none of them comparable to Toscana (recommended by my friend). This place was warm and relaxing. I have also found that most upscale salons can be very snobby, but the owner and staff at Toscana were total sweethearts. I really felt welcome here. I got a pedicure and manicure done by Christina. She did an amazing job. She took her time to give me the best massage and the the paraffin wax treatment. I really enjoyed it. I also have Christina waxed my eyebrows and they came out fabulous. I already made another appointment for my next visit to see Christina again. I have never written a review, but I really really love this place so I thought I had to share.
Pros: Friendly and very experienced staff
Cons: no parking
I found Doina by reading these reviews. I was looking for a good eyebrow waxer and facial provider. Having visited numerous "name" salons on Newbury St. and in Boston, I found Doina provided the best facial I'd ever had! When she recommended I might benefit from Eminence products, I had faith she was trying to help my skin not just sell me something for the sake of selling. They are organic and I love how the products work and feel. I highly recommend Doina at Toscana.
Pros: friendly atmosphere, knowledgable staff
After years of razoring and dry cutting my hair it was looking like burned hay at the ends.
I booked and appt with Troy at Toscana to get a trim and highlights. He cut it wet and shaped it dry and gave me warm caramel highlights to complement my dark hair. I also got a deep conditioning treatment by this french organic company called Rene Furterer. He actually listened and left my hair long and after it was said and done, it was so incredibly soft and full and most importantly healthy. I love my haircut so much. I'm only going back to Troy from now on. My hair has never looked better
Pros: hair stylists listen to what you want and then do it
My boyfriend got me a gift certificate to Toscana for a facial with Doina after we came back from our vacation. I have to admit I did burn my face a little in Hawaii and I needed a calming treatment to even out my skin tone. Doina used this amazing Sothys facial and I walked away with totally even, flawless beautiful skin. She even gave me samples to take home and recommended what products I need without any sort of pressure to buy anything. I am so thrilled about Toscana and I loved meeting Doina. She is truly an expert in her field. I booked another one in 3 weeks!!
Pros: Expertise, no nonsense advice, relaxing facial
I was visiting family from NJ for 2 weeks and needed to relax, after searching a few reviews I picked Toscana. I received an 1 hour massage that I needed so bad. I absolutely loved it and didn't want it to end, Kate was amazing. Even my husband came the next day to get a massage as well. When he went for his massage I didn't want to sit and wait so I got a facial by Doina who is terrific, she is friendly and very helpful. A few days later I went back to get my hair cut and highlighted by Troi and he is he best stylist I have ever met. Everyone has complimented my hair since.
Doina gave me an organic facial and I bought all these products that I can't find now that I'm home. She promised to ship me anything I needed once I'm out of them and has been true to her word. No shipping and she's thrown in so many free goodies for me to try. I look forward to visiting family and Toscana again!
Pros: Wonderful staff, very friendly
I had Doina for my first professional wax. I was scared it would be painful, but it was definitely manageable. Doina made me feel relaxed and did a great job. Believe it or not it was a good experience. I am going back next month for a Brazilian and I am not at all worried about it. Great place. Nice, clean, comfortable, professional. Definitely recommend.
Pros: Wonderful staff, easy to find, LOVE IT!!!
I have been going to Doina for about a year now (sometimes RI, sometimes Boston) for facials and they are always wonderful. Regardless of the location, I am always left a feeling of high quality service. Also, I have very sensitive skin and her products are always top notch and I've never had a reaction. My skin glows and feels nourished. Doina is extremely attentive, friendly and professional... and never even got close to pushing any products. The next day at work I always receive 3 compliments on how radiant my skin looked... thank you, Doina!!
Pros: Wonderful staff, great talent
Cons: parking but it's Newbury St, what can you expect
I'm sorry your regular technician was not there that day, as she had to leave early; beyond normal control. I think you were more upset at the confusion of having someone new. I balanced out your eyebrows, which looked wonderful, as they opened up your beautiful, young face.
I can't tell you how disappointed I am. I saw Doina the owner because the woman who was supposed to do my eyebrows had to leave. The first thing Doina said to me was "I don't like to take a lot off". Perfect. I have dark eyebrows and prefer to keep them full. We talked about how I just wanted a cleanup, and agreed to wax the bottom, top, and do some trimming. When she was done, I was horrified. Not only were my eyebrows pencil thin, but they were obviously uneven. To add insult to injury she didn't even touch the tops of my brows so there are still a lot of stray hairs. It seemed like she messed up and then gave up. Normally if I have bad service I just say thank you and never go back-- but I was literally so floored that she didn't do what I asked, what we had talked about, that I complained. After much arguing and "Give it two days you will like it", I was offered a free service next time, with Melissa ( my regular person who was booked that day,the one who knows what she is doing). Sorry, I won't be back. Doina is the owner. Now, I know a bad eyebrow job doesn't last forever and I will be fine. I guess the thing that gets me is we communicated what was supposed to be done, and agreed on it. When I asked her why she didn't do what we talked about, she said she had 40 years in the business and thought I would look better this way. Doina, you said my friends would like the new look; they said they prefer the way I had them. I'm not an eyebrow waxing/threading virgin; I know what the proper shape is and have never had problems before because I communicate what I want. I just wish you, Doina, had listened. The offer for free service is good business, but better business is listening to the customer, and if you want to do something different-- tell them!
It seems people like Doina for facials...well, stick to that and leave the waxing to someone who knows what they are doing...or, invest in a good eyebrow pencil.
Cons: you do not get what you ask for
Toscana is beautiful, elegant and incredibly relaxing. The staff is magnificent and helpful, and the aroma in the air just blissful as you walk downstairs where the treatments massages take place. The Sothys hydrating treatment left my skin looking refreshed and ready for summer. What makes me want to come back is the no pressure to purchase products but rather the advice and scientific background to skin care you get from Doina. I did buy my favorite product and got samples of the rest and booked two more facials. This is my new favorite SPA!!!
Pros: great advice, no pressure, flawless skin
I scheduled a Sothys body treatment and Eminence facial with Doina and I am a new woman. A few days before my wedding I went to Toscana and was pampered in a beautiful atmosphere without any of the attitude present at other spas. I had an exfoliating Eminence skin treatment and received some complimentary goodies to take home and continue the regiment. Doina who is the owner and the best estetician I've encountered used to be in the medical profession so she gave me some scientific advice about my skin without pressure to buy anything. I feel like she was genuinely interested in bettering my skin and not just selling me something. Before leaving Raluca gave me a complimentary makeover as they do with all their clients so I can walk out beautiful and go have lunch with my fiancee. I discovered the Bare Minerals that I've heard so much about and have decided to have Toscana do my makeup and updo for my wedding. I am so excited I found this place. I'm going back after the honeymoon and beyond and telling my mom and sisters about this newly opened gem. You will walk out refreshed, relaxed, and most of all with your skin in the best condition of your life.
Pros: no attitude, relaxing atmosphere, professional skin care advice, they're willing to accomodate your schedule even on off days
Cons: parking on newbury but I took the T
Fantastic facial and unpretentious spa...... I had a facial with Brad--who I can't say enough about! Immediately, you will come to understand that he loves what he does and really cares about skin care and his clients. He knows the products and accurately recommends the most beneficial facial based on individual concerns. I've had tons of facials and often left not really knowing what products were used, what was done or why it was done--you will leave Toscana feeling educated about your skin and it's condition as well knowing how you should treat it moving forward.
Another thing I should mention. Often facials are about the "steam and cream"--this is so much more. I can't tell you how frustrated I've felt at other spas, when the aestetician turns on the steam and mysteriously leaves the room for 15 minutes. Brad never once left the room during my entire treatment. Relaxing music and amazing foot massage as well!
All in all a great experience--a highly educated and skilled aesthetician and top of the line products--not the average spa lines you see in every other Newbury St. salon. Highly recommend.
I had a massage with Jessica, and seriously, it was amazing. I have been told before that my back is hopeless, but I left there feeling brand new. Everyone who works there is so sweet, and the salon itself is nicely decorated and clean and cozy... definitely check out Toscana!
Pros: Service, not snobby
Cons: if you are driving, parking can be touch
I treated my sister after her finals to a haircut at this salon, and their service is exceptional! The atmosphere of this Newbury St gem (it's wedged between the Lucky / Diesel Jeans stores and Economy Hardware - right across from CVS) will have you more relaxed as soon as you step in.
Attentive and professional, the hair stylist made my little sister look more polished and sophisticated than I have ever seen her! I almost could not recognize my bookish, modest sis under that outstanding wispy layered cut. I paid well beyond less what I expected, and peeping at their brochure, saw they their other services are pretty competitively priced as well.
I found out their stylists and estheticians are creme de la creme in the stylin' and profilin' industry - their stylist used to cut Tom Brady's hair, and their esthetician, a perfect gentleman which hails from California, was voted the best in Boston for his skill and care. I was just stepping in the place when a customer who came with his wife raved, "That was the best facial I have ever gotten". While looking them up, I also found out that their Cumberland, RI salon was voted the state's best by the Rhode Island Monthly - they should be less bashful and let customers know that. That just makes it even more exciting that they have opened this Boston location as well! I highly recommend it.
Pros: Although closed on certain days, they were willing to come in those days to accomodate our appointment
Cons: It was easy to confuse this red-awning Toscana for some other botox shop next door with a similar number ... but I think you'll figure out which one is which! : )
I have never been treated so well on Newbury Street. I called Toscana Saturday night for a Sunday morning color, cut, mani, pedi, and facial... the works. Upon my arrival I was greeted, given tea and wisked off for my facial with Brad. I can't compare any facial I've ever had to this one, the Crystaline Gemstone facial, it was amazing. Next was my manicure and pedicure. The setting reminded me of a Tuscan garden, beautiful, tranquil, a wonderful pampering experience. Finally color and cut with Bushra. This girl gave me the most beautiful color, and a cut like I haven't had since my last trip to Paris.
I reallized as my morning of beauty was comming to an end, I had been the only client. At check-out I asked how such a unique place wasn't overflowing with people. They were supposed to be closed this day and came in just for me. I left looking, and feeling like a million bucks. I highly recommend Toscana for anyone looking for simply the best!
Pros: Talented, friendly staff. Beautiful, tranquill setting. Shower!
Now I know why Brad is called a literal miracle worker. I have had facials at some of the finest spas in the world, nothing compares to the treatment I received from Brad. The results... glowing and lifted. I am still seeing the difference two weeks later.
My advice to anyone looking to turn back the hands of time and get completely pampered, go see Brad, he is truly amazing!
Pros: Amazing facial, beautiful salon and spa, very friendly staff.
After having my hair ruined at another salon, I decided to pop into Toscana where I was met by Stanley. He has worked absolute wonders on my hair from color to cut (they use goldwell btw which i LOVE). Seriously, I was sobbing when I saw what happened to my hair and wanted to just die, but Stanley was able to easily fix it. The spa space is really comfortable, inviting and relaxing located on the heart of Newbury St near Lucky Jeans. I was able to take a quick peek around and saw that Toscana's spa looked really inviting and again very comfy and relaxing. Basically, I can't wait for my next appointment with Stanley because I will be booking a relaxing spa treatment with Doina (sp? sorry! and she is such a really wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable woman) for the same day. I hate to say, but finding people who are as knowledgeable as they are and as friendly as they are is not easy to find, especially on Newbury st. Alas, I will be back!
Pros: T accessible, close to everything else, very friendly and knowledgeable staff, comfortable waiting area
Cons: parking, but what do you expect on newbury
All i can say is my hair has never looked this good, Stanley gave my hair a soft nautral color and got rid of all my old brassy dull highlights. My hair actually shines now from Goldwell color, the shampoo and conditioner i use now is great too, goldwell moisture intense. Stanley reccomended i use those and kerasilk instant silk fluid you can use this even if you dont dry your hair, believe me it still adds shine and softness. This new color and product regimin has helped preserve my color, Your the best Stanley! :)
Pros: Ambience, T accesible, outstanding service, beautiful hair
Cons: meter or pay lot parking
I am new to the area and picked Toscana at Random. It was perfect. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the staff is amazing! Stanley and Stacey did wonders to my previously poorly highlighted hair. Doina, who has been in this field for almost 35 years, makes your skin baby soft, and just as clear. I highly recommend this spa to everyone. It's full service so I don't have to go anywhere else!
Pros: Professional, Friendly, Amazing service
Cons: Parking, it's Newbury so it is expected