Before makeup artist Courtney Shepatin landed in the pages of Vanity Fair, she had distinguished herself as an industry leader. Among various accomplishments, she has worked with Cameron Diaz, Robert De Niro, and Broadway star Albert Finney, drawn praise from Boston Common, and created her own skincare line, Shamanuti, which Stuff Magazine lauded as “the best of the farmers’ market in a Hermes bottle.”
At her eponymous spa, Courtney conditions clients' skin. She purifies complexions with facials and sloughs off dull cells with chemical peels or alligator pelts. To diminish signs of aging, she glides an ultrasound device across skin and spurs cell regeneration.
Indulge Salon & Spa's team of certified beauty boosters paint façades with a new hue during spray-tan services. After donning a cap and protecting hands and feet with a barrier cream, clients stand still as techs apply a fine mist of tanning tonic to bodies, which yields a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays. Experts suggest that clients avoid sources of water, such as showers, swimming pools, and the interiors of camel humps for at least six hours post-spray-tan for longer lasting results. Indulge Salon & Spa swaddles patrons in a swanky atmosphere draped in glowing chandeliers and rich russet hues.
An air of refinement and sophistication radiates from Impulse Hair Salon’s sun-drenched interior where billowy curtains hang above sleek, wood floors and against garden-green walls. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect a row of black styling chairs, which swivel and rise at the hands of talented hairstylists who wield products by Moroccanoil, Joico, and Big Sexy Hair to cut, color, and style locks. A secluded room shelters aestheticians who free bodies from itchy stubble using warm wax, tailor pampering facials to individual skin concerns, and transform exteriors into perfectly bronzed façades using UVA- and UVB-free tanning serums.
Owners Chad and Amy Dahmn and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
Working as a laser hair-removal specialist, Carmen Vanderheiden heard a common sentiment from the clients who had tattoos: "Please, hit it. I want it gone." The Tataway founder told the Back Bay Patch that as many as 80% of these tattooed clients asked her not to shield their ink from the hair-zapping laser. Since opening her tattoo-removal parlor, Vanderheiden has found out why, listening keenly to the story beneath each inky regret. Some clients have told her that they're tired of a tattoo's design or its placement on their uvula. Others have confided that the tattoo feels like a stain from some painful time in their life. These stories make no difference to Tataway's tattoo-removal chart. During free consultations, the clinically published Kirby-Desai scale tells Vanderheiden the number of laser treatments each client can expect based on skin type and the tattoo's pigments, location, and number of spelling errors. After each treatment, topical ointments and sterile dressing help sooth the skin and prevent infection.
At Healthy Foot Spa feet get the royal treatment from therapists skilled in Chinese foot reflexology. By applying gentle pressure to every acupuncture point on the foot, clients can experience relief as stress floats away, energy levels rise, and blood circulation speeds up like a snail that stumbled onto a 50-foot waterslide. Healthy Foot Spa, which is outfitted with purple hues, floral accents, and calming décor, also allows clients to enjoy a tandem massage in the private couples room.
Saldare Body Therapy helps its clients get healthy in a multitude of ways: personal and small group fitness classes, holistic nutrition and health coaching, and various spa services. A legion of fitness instructors inspires exercisers in classes ranging from circuit training and cardio sessions to Zumba to yoga. Lifestyle coaches help their clients achieve their personal goals through regular training and better nutrition, identifying obstacles such as bad habits or living inside a giant Cadbury creme egg. Alternatively, massage therapists can melt away stress and muscle pains with personalized massages and administer skincare and acupuncture treatments.