Dawna Brisebois of Pioneer Valley Electrolysis debunks the myth that all hair-removal techniques are created equal. Plucking, tweezing, and waxing can cause hair to grow back even thicker than before, and lasers only target dark pigments—these methods may be less effective on blonde, grey, and red hair colors. But electrolysis puts an end to unwanted hair. The precise treatment targets each individual follicle with a quick pulse of energy that puts an end to regrowth, and is safe and effective for all skin and hair types.
In spite of the name, Community Massage epitomizes personal service. The massage therapists tailor each deep-tissue, reflexology, or hot-stone massage session to suit clients' unique body type or set of instructions tattooed on their back. Similarly, aestheticians customize facials to hydrate dry skin or draw excess oil from pores.
With more than 10 years of experience to her name, Melissa helms one side of her eponymous salon while her sister and co-owner, Susan, lends her skills as a seamstress to the in-store boutique. The siblings’ signature blend of salon services and boutique luxuries sets them apart as a one-stop destination for those who like to mix their spa and retail therapies.
The sounds of clipping shears and contented sighs mingle on Melissa’s side of the salon, where she wields top-notch salon products that range from CND nail polishes to the individualized ointments of the Bioelements facial line. During haircuts, color services, and treatments for the face and nails, Melissa restores beauty lost to age or gambled away during high-stakes poker games.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Amid Tip Top Nails' bright-green walls and leafy plants, trained staffers perch at more than six stations to perform traditional manicures and pedicures along with elaborate acrylics. They are also wise to the ways of durable Shellac polish, body waxes, and synthetic eyelash extensions.
Spa on the Green's beautifiers relax and freshen epidermises within a two-story ranch-style house filled with soft natural light, plush furniture, and the green accents of potted palms. Aestheticians coddle expression makers with a 50- to 60-minute spa facial, which rejuvenates normal, overactive, or acne-prone skin. Deep cleansing removes accumulated dirt and caked-on pie residue, and gentle exfoliation rousts out rooted impurities, leaving faces glowing and soft.