What makes it great: Boston Magazine readers’ pick for Best Day Spa in 2014; advanced muscular therapy massages that start with postural assessment and include a treatment plan, cryogenic therapy for skin repair, and seasonally-inspired pedicure specials (think: apple cider foot bath)
Inside Athena Salon and Spa, each of the beauty experts uses the famously botanically derived Aveda products—as Athena is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon. They wield the all-natural products while performing a variety of salon and spa services, from hair coloring and deep conditioning to signature massages and facials to spa manicures and pedicures. In fact, before any hair service, they perform complimentary light stress-relieving treatments by using Aveda essential oils on the scalp, neck, and shoulder.
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Sleek Laser Center's lead technician previously served as the head medical director at a skin spa for 13 years, and currently leads workshops for doctors and laser specialists. She also oversees a staff that's been extensively trained in all the leading laser systems: Candela, Cynosure, and Soprano XL. Their cumulative knowledge and experience distinguishes Sleek Laser Center as a clinic where top-notch technology and meticulously trained practitioners intersect to benefit the client. Sleek's laser systems accommodate all skin types, tones, and complexions. Services include laser hair removal, body sculpting, and skin rejuvenation, which removes signs of aging such as wrinkles and a cheat sheet on your arm for a horse-and-buggy driver's test.
Signature Service: Microdermabrasion aromatherapy facial
Brands Used: Decleor (French line) and Murad acne and anti-aging line
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Pro Tip: A very quaint, intimate setting, with a heated table to cater to all your skincare needs.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
I have used both Decleor and Murad for 20 years. Decleor is a beautiful aromatherapy French line for all skin types. Murad is for more specific, problematic skin issues such as severe acne and sun damage.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The first thing our clients look for is the chocolate bowl.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
People tend to avoid sunblock in the winter. I have to reiterate to clients how vital it is to wear sunblock everyday of the year.