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.
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.
By harnessing the bronzing essence of the fiery sun in a gentle mist, you can prove once and for all humankind's dominance over the weak, inanimate solar system. For $20, you’ll get a custom airbrush tan at Perfect Tan in Brookline (a $40 value.) Perfect Tan was voted best Boston Sunless Tanning in 2008 by Citysearchers. It's a clean and comfortable salon that specializes in helping first-time tanners get a golden glow, perfect for hiding in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction or tricking cars at intersections into slowing down.
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.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Russo completed a plastic surgery residency at Harvard Medical School. So, when he personally selects nurses and aestheticians for his team at Dream Spa Medical, each staff member must meet his expert standards to perform advanced cosmetic treatments ranging from injections to surgery to noninvasive vein removal. With SkinCeuticals and Image products, aestheticians revitalize clients' skin during facials, peels, microdermabrasions, and other services. Laser hair treatments rid clients' bodies of unwanted fuzz, and tattoo removal helps keep the grocery lists on their arms up to date.
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.