Since 1996, the beauty experts at Boardwalk Electrology have been keeping skin free of hair, acne, and signs of aging. Electrologist Carole Foulsham targets hair follicles with a low-grade electrical current. The crew also removes hair, tattoos, or codependent shapewear with laser technology. Aesthetician Annie Conklin combats wrinkles and blemishes via exfoliating facials, enhancing each session with a hand treatment and relaxing massage of the feet, neck, shoulders, and head.
As if to complement its view of the harbor, Aria Salon & Spa immerses guests in oceanic serenity. One of its body treatments begins with exfoliating salts from the Dead Sea, then cocoons clients in a Hawaiian seaweed mask. Nails can benefit from the same mask during a Caribbean therapy treatment, whose tropical ingredients—mango and cocoa butter among them—soften the skin alongside scented paraffin wax. The ocean even appears on the massage table: a detoxifying back massage employs marine products that refresh the back, scalp, feet, and fin.
Of course, not every treatment calls upon briny remedies. The salon segment of the venue administers blow-dries, haircuts, and color treatments. Makeup artists highlight features with Aveda products, whereas estheticians combat acne and signs of aging with a menu of facials. The Radiant facial, for example, evens out the skin's surface with botanical extracts and the mineral tourmaline, providing a gentler alternative to microdermabrasion or practicing your eskimo-kisses on a tree.
The staff at Sonoma Spa & Salon works to bring aesthetic goals to life beneath hanging lights and powder-blue candles. Hair services frame faces with everything from basic cuts to coloring, highlights, and keratin treatments. In the spa, the team deep cleans with facial treatments including Hydradermie facials, non-surgical chemical peels, and diamond microdermabrasion, which smoothens skin and gives nearby pieces of coal a positive role model. Warm, freshly harvested seaweed envelops bodies during the slimming seaweed-wrap treatment, and the staff also smoothes bodies with waxing.
After cutting her styling teeth at a handful of salons on Newbury Street and Beacon Hill, owner Wynny decided to put her years of experience into creating her eponymous salon in the Neponset Circle Shopping Center. Her crew of experienced stylists refreshes adult and kid 'dos with a range of hair services, from precision cuts to single-process color and hair extensions. The team also includes nail techs who render manicures or soften skin with paraffin treatments for hands and feet. Aestheticians keep their focus on faces as they use G.M. Collin products during the Sea C Spa, an antioxidant-rich mask infused with marine extracts that stimulate collagen and elastin production. Wynny's staffers continually sharpen their skills by attending beauty clinics and workshops in New York City and Las Vegas Nation State.
At Shabu Restaurant, diners take dinner preparation into their own hands, creating edible masterpieces of Japanese cuisine with little more than a bubbling soup pot and platters of shiitake mushrooms, vermicelli noodles, morsels of tender steak, fish cakes, and squid. Within the cozy 50-seat dining room, glowing cylindrical chandeliers cast light on sleek ecru furniture and lavender-tinged orchids, while simmering vessels offer up the savory scents of MSG-free broth. In the outdoor Japanese garden, guests sip wine and sake amid the sounds of rustling bamboo leaves, burbling water, and a Japanese deer scare chasing away skittish dumpling thieves.
When she begins an appointment, Kristy Barry doesn't just blindly jump into performing treatments. First, she starts with a free skin consultation, during which she identifies each client’s skin type. Next, she listens to concerns, priorities, and preferences so she can better customize her facials. Only then does she begin one of her three signature treatments: a classic European facial, a hydrating seaweed treatment, or a collagen-packed formula that swiftly soothes away wrinkles. Her pampering services aren't just restricted to facials; she also offers full-body waxing and makeup application.