Zen Zone Acupuncture and Spa’s original menu of services included traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbal-medicine treatments, but has expanded over the past five years thanks to a growing team, which includes a medical director who is also a plastic surgeon, an acupuncturist/herbalist, and a laser specialist. The team now treats clients with dermal fillers and detox programs, wields the Candela GentleLase laser to remove unwanted hair, and supervises a smoking-cessation program to wean clients off nicotine. Massage therapists deploy hot stones and natural essential oils to relieve aches and pains, and those trained in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture aim to erase facial wrinkles, soothe digestive issues, and rebalance people who feel off-kilter.
When she graduated at the top of her aesthetics class nearly 20 years ago, Lisa Kahan was certified in both makeup artistry and skincare. She went on to earn several additional certifications, including one in chemical peels, which she performs at Total Skin Care II. The spa's menu is rounded with full-body waxing in addition to traditional facials, because facials from the future haven't been invented yet.
It may be small, but Novo Visual Beauty Salon contains everything customers need to get ready for a night on the town or enjoy a simple afternoon all to themselves. Hair, nail, and waxing experts share the cozy salon space, which is filled with the sound of style-setting blow dryers, frantic scissors, and friendly chatter in both English and Spanish. The salon's specialty is custom cuts and color services for the whole family, but those in search of something extra will find the staff equally adept at perms, relaxers, and keratin treatments—which help to calm frizz and get hair back into its skinny hats.
At Heritage Threading Salon, a versatile staff brings beauty and flair to the foreground of both genders. In their namesake service, threading specialists ensnare unwanted locks within twists of fine cotton thread, which enables them to remove an entire row of hair with swift precision. For more favored hairs, stylists cut, shape, and color 'dos at individual salon stations. Facials and waxing help to smooth fine lines and prep bodies for bikini season, and skilled henna artists adorn limbs with intricate floral designs, weaving patterns, and bar-exam cheat sheets.
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Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
The technicians at Clear Cosmetic Clinic have one goal: to help fight the appearance of unwanted stubble. To accomplish this, they employ an FDA-approved LightSheer Diode cosmetic laser system, which delivers pulses of light energy directly to each follicle. The light energy then transforms into heat, damaging the hairs and inhibiting future growth, all without causing undue harm to the surrounding tissues. Although the technology caters to virtually all hair and skin types, the technicians still recommend scheduling a consultation so they can come up with a personalized treatment plan and play a game of laser tag with their client.