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.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
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.
With a roster of female-only classes, Women?s Fitness of Boston aims to create an unintimidating environment for women to reach personal fitness goals. Group fitness classes such as salsa-inspired Zumba and Tae Box Flex?a kickboxing class that blends tae kwon do with traditional boxing moves?help ladies sculpt muscles and?when taken as part of a complete regimen?help them win full-contact dance-offs. Along with classes, club members can take advantage of weight-loss programs and personal training, as well as the two tanning booths, which help further beautify newly buff bods.
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.