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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Bagardi Laser Center's certified technicians help to reduce the appearance of unsightly veins on all body areas with the Candela GentleMax laser system, which has been featured on TV shows such as Rachel Ray and The Doctors. After an informative consultation determines candidacy and which vein most resembles Michael Jordan's autograph, an experienced staff member beams the GentleMax device onto the desired treatment area. Light energy targets heme dwelling inside the offending blood vessels, swiftly collapses them, and diminishes their appearance during each 20- to 30-minute session. Coolants attached to the device comfort skin of all types, which can reach optimum clarity in four to six sessions. Appointments are available seven days a week. Once inside, pastel purple walls enclose Bagardi Laser Center's treatment and waiting rooms and a checkered tile floor adds more color without having to harvest the tears of a prism.
MiniLuxe's stable of pamperers ensures sanitary and up-to-date beautification services by receiving regular consult from podiatrists and doctors, and autoclaving their instruments to achieve 100% sterilization. The 30-minute basic manicure shapes, buffs, and colors nails more quickly than dipping digits in melted copper and letting them rust. During the 45-minute KleanSpa fig and fern pedicure, technicians massage paws with a Blue Hawaii specialty scrub and hydrating lotion inflected with the scents of fresh figs, lush ferns, and vanilla. Alternatively, feet steep in paraben-free LaLicious-brand essential oils and scrubs during a 45-minute LaLicious sugar kiss pedicure, a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla. Friendly staffers perform each service, answering lingering questions about nail maintenance or calluses shaped like Ronald Reagan.
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.
If there were a motto that defines Irina Stukalov, it would most likely be “never stop learning.” When she founded Electrolysis & Skin Care Clinic in 1993, the registered electrologist mainly focused on permanent hair removal via low-level electric currents. Since then, she’s added a few other feathers to her cap, including her aesthetician's license and her title as an intense-pulsed-light technician. She also underwent the training necessary to wield GlyMed Plus products during peels and facials designed to nourish skin with ingredients that, like tears from a robocop, are both technologically advanced and organic. Irina has also added an aesthetician and makeup artist to her team to satisfy her growing clientele.
The cuticle curators at Wet Paint Nail Spa transform hands and feet with their thorough manicure and pedicure services, catching the attention of Stuff Magazine, which bestowed the salon with the Best Claws award in 2010, and Boston.com, which honored them with the title of Best Mani/Pedi the same year. Calculate new digits with the classic manicure, which begins by subtracting cuticles and hangnails from finger equations. Hands achieve softness with a lotion-fueled massage and a dip in a bowl of duckling down before nails get coated with a choice of polish. Warm feet with a steamed-towel treatment during the classic pedicure, where technicians trim and shape toe talons back into calligraphy-writing condition. Dry, rough skin gets evicted with a thorough sole scrub, and cuticles will be tamed to make room for incoming polish deposits.