20 Minutes With Helena CohenCOUP BOSTON Spring 2012
She grew up next to Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand in Brooklyn, was a New York bridal model before moving to Newton, and opened her first salon when she was nine months pregnant-in the midst of the blizzard of '78. Meat hasn't passed her lips since she was 15, she doesn't drink, and after decades of marriage, still has one of the most ridiculously sweet working relationships with her husband, Elie, imaginable at Wellesley's best medspa and salon. (She does color, he cuts.) A skincare fanatic, she led the charge in New England's very first wave of med spas—and is still out in front now, hunting down the most cutting-edge treatments and procedures. Oh, and did we mention she look less than half her age? Here's how beauty pioneer Helena Cohen pulls it all off.