Helmed by a beauty-industry veteran with more than a decade of sunless-tanning experience, SoBella Salon & Spa bronzes skin with high-powered tanning booths and FDA–approved spray-tan solution, bestowing golden glows that rival those of glow-in-the-dark graham crackers. Skilled tress tamers shape manes and coat them in shine-boosting keratin treatments, as aestheticians vanquish unwanted hair with a panoply of waxing services.
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.
The team at Soleil Tan & Spa is more reliable than the sun itself. Whereas that celestial orb might hide behind clouds for days, the spa's technicians reliably bronze bodies with services that range from UV tanning to spray tans that imbue skin with customized shades of color.
But tanning only scratches the surface of what's possible at this spa. Waxing can further prepare your body for a trip to the beach, and Swedish or deep-tissue massages can calm you down after that trip's emotionally fraught Seagull Incident. The same goes for relaxing mani-pedis, during which nail technicians spruce up hands and feet with regular or chip-resistant polish.
Alexandra Berta helps clients reinvent themselves inside Impulse Hair Salon. She fashions haircuts and helps 'dos look more vibrant with highlights and color. She also hydrates parched strands with coconut oil, instead of Gatorade, and smooths frizz for months with keratin straightening treatments. In addition to hair services, aestheticians at the salon offer spray tanning, waxing, and makeup applications.