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A loop of thread gently plucks hairs from their roots, eliminating stray strands and leaving a clean hairline in its wake. This ancient Indian hair-removal technique is called threading, and many proclaim that it’s less painful than waxing—threading may be the optimal way to remove hair for those with sensitive skin and those made of papier-mâché. The spa and salon professionals at Dreams Beauty Incorporated have mastered this traditional service, along with a full menu of tanning, waxing, facial, and massage treatments.

1168 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.

830 Commonwealth Ave
Boston,
MA
US

On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.

1038 Beacon St.
Brookline,
MA
US

G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.

278 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US

226 Newbury Street
Boston,
MA
US

The press doesn't lie. Well maybe about foreign policy, but when it comes to spa reviews, Melt's hot reviews in nearly every publication you can imagine are indisputable evidence of the media’s awesomeness.InStyle listed Melt as one of five spas that provides the best facials in all of America. Boston Common said, "Taking luxury and relaxation to a whole new level, Melt spa and salon is sure to pamper even the most discerning of spa-goers." And The Boston Globe called Melt "a mind-riveting thriller". Wait, actually it said that about The Dark Knight, but it called Melt "gorgeous". We're always mixing those two up since they're both so awesome.But what about the people? Citysearch users give Melt a five-star average. Here are a few cyber-pontifications:

172 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US