Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Melissa Johnson loves to make women feel gorgeous. It's a passion she cultivated in her native Boston, where she trained at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, racking up 100 hours training in eyelash application and earning certification from Xtreme Lashes. In that time, Johnson learned how to analyze the anatomy of each eye and how to tailor applications to each client's cheekbones, jawline, and second nose. The schooling paid off, with her talents meriting features in Boston Weddings magazine and on styleboston television.
Today, Johnson runs Glance in Concord. During the same lash applications that took Beantown by storm, Johnson attaches individual semipermanent extensions to each of the client's natural lashes, adding volume and definition like a book-of-the month club that only offers dictionaries. On the other end of the hair spectrum, Glance smoothes skin with a host of waxing services. To extend the beautification to the entire visage, Johnson is currently building a menu of invigorating facials that already includes the PYT facial, which wrangles electric currents that infuse faces with botanical palliatives to send wrinkles packing.
At Bliss Beauty Lounge, bliss is genuinely a priority––each salon service comes with a luxurious scalp and temple massage, free of charge. However, beauty is an equally high priority for owner and stylist Natasha Miller. She specializes in edgy, razored pixies and precision color, and by collaborating with aesthetician Egypt Alston, she has created a salon with options beyond hair treatments. The team strips away unwanted stubble with custom waxes, for example, and enhances eyes with eyelash extensions, rather than by shrinking eyeballs.
Natural indian mud wraps stand out among the holistic services at Pure Aesthetics & Beauty Bar. Other natural ingredients, include a papaya-based exfoliating gel to clean up both bodies and faces during scrubs, facials, and vajacials. Professionals also tend to the bikini area with a Parisian strip-less wax and tinting services in such hues as purple, pink, brown, and black.
Edie Toison has more than 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, which she pours into custom cuts and sleek blowouts at her eponymous salon. Edie lends the space a homey feel, too, bringing in occasional home-baked goodies—like peanut butter pound cake—for her clients.
The Esthetic Engineer owner Tiffany Schoefield understands the stressors of the 9-to-5 world. After she ran a ghostwriting business and managed political campaigns, her career took an about-face when she realized she was more interested in slowing down to appreciate life than in speeding it up. It was then that Tiffany turned to what has become her true calling—skincare—and she now devotes herself to helping her clients find their own quiet reprieves from daily life in her inviting spa.
For more than 15 years, Tiffany has trained in some of the skincare industry’s most trusted brands, including Aveda and SkinCeuticals. The spa’s licensed aestheticians help clients improve their skin’s appearance with treatments that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials with a variety of trusted skincare brands, including Éminence Organic Skin Care and Glo Therapeutics. Among the center’s many specialties are body waxing and makeovers, during which artists apply lash extensions, tint brows, or apply full makeup. Tiffany’s philosophy that her spa is an oasis for self-care and rejuvenation stands at the forefront throughout all of her services, and her staff emphasizes making clients happy with personalized attention and treatments.