The staff at Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics believes that beauty should be effortless, which is why they've curated a selection of services designed to minimize time in front of the makeup mirror. Permanent makeup artist Julia enhances eyes and lips with hypoallergenic ion-oxide pigments custom-matched to the client’s skin-tone and cosmetic preference. Instead of relying on a machine or stencils, Julia performs the tattoo-like procedure by hand, allowing her to impart a soft, natural look and even mimic the look of individual eyebrow hairs. Meanwhile, lash specialists enhance flutterers with everything from semi-permanent extensions to lash dipping—a process that allows clients to ditch their mascara for up to six weeks. Pigmenta’s staff also invites customers to stop in for quick threading sessions, where sturdy lengths of thread allow aestheticians to swiftly remove excess hair from the face and brows or quickly sew it back on if the client changes their mind.
As its name implies, East West Massage Therapy uses body-work techniques from around the world to relax and heal clients. Their team of licensed massage therapists specialize in relieving muscle and joint tension using a variety of massage modalities, including deep-tissue and neuromuscular massage, as well as Eastern modalities, including joint-mobilizing Thai massage and high-pressure shiatsu. Reiki masters and body workers, meanwhile, employ other traditional Eastern medicine and chiropractic techniques to relieve pain. Semi-private yoga classes help visitors take an active role in their relaxation without having to pen their own self-help books. Clients can also unwind in an on-site dry-wet cedar sauna, where the traditional process of pouring water over super-heated rocks creates therapeutic steam.
The luxurious services at La Residencia Spa have earned plenty of buzz. Among its many media nods, the spa was also named Best Day Spa of 2011 and 2012 in Boston Magazine. Aiming to keep its name at the top of that list, the haven’s professional soothers welcome guests into their elegant space with nail treatments, waxing, massages, and customized skincare. Makeup applications and airbrush bronzing imbue faces and limbs with flattering hues, and body treatments leave no area left without exfoliation, massage, and hydration.
Wholly dedicated to hair removal, the small team at Cleveland Laser Spa has performed tens of thousands of laser procedures between them. So confident are they in their proprietary LaserFast system that the clinic offers a two-year guarantee on all completed hair-removal regimens. This is because they know that any possible hair regrowth will occur in the first 24 months after the treatments, so if tufts sprout anew in that timeframe, the technicians will re-zap the region for free and plaster each follicle with a tiny eviction notice.
Bella Le Spa shapes, restores, and adds hues to clients’ nails with custom manicures and pedicures. In a one-hour pedicure, a talented digit decorator trims and tidies talons, halting the advance of cuticles and adorning them with a fresh coat of Essie or OPI polish. Nail technicians also exfoliate feet, apply a moisturizing mask, play a quick round of “This Little Piggy,” and administer a relaxing leg-and-foot massage. Then fingernails begin their 30-minute beautification process, during which manicurists pare, polish, and pamper fingernails with care and precision. Bella Le Spa’s friendly staff members perform these ministrations while evincing preternatural levels of hospitality and showing off an impressive collection of prehistoric Chinese finger traps.