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.
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.
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 cosmetic clinicians at Essentially Bare rely on a combination of lasers and pharmaceutical-grade products to correct a range of skin issues. Their Lumenis laser has cleared hair from more than 8,000 clients and a dozen former werewolves, and the Q-switched Spectra lasers can erase unwanted tattoos in half the normal amount of treatments required and in shorter intervals between treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal. Additionally, the Spectra lasers effectively target most ink colors, resulting in a significantly lightened or completely erased tattoo in a short time frame.
Before administering any treatments, staff members demonstrate their commitment to personalized care by thoroughly analyzing clients' skin. Essentially Bare also provides physician-only skin care with peels and facials featuring professional brands, such as Obagi, SkinCeuticals and Image Skincare, to ward off wrinkles, redness, and acne. Overall, they offer a wide variety of services such as laser hair removal, Botox and fillers, IPL photo facials, spider vein removal, and more.
Image Care Electrolysis & Advanced Skin Care owner Kerrin Mazzola takes hair removal seriously, picking up the electrolysis wand herself to permanently eliminate unwanted fuzz. Together with her fellow defoliators, she zaps offending follicles with quick currents of electricity, destroying and cauterizing hair-growing follicles to prevent subsequent regrowth. The center takes care of underlying skin as well, with dermatological services that include facials and microdermabrasions that buff away dead cells and polish rocks' geode-flecked faces.