At Electrolysis Clinic & Laser, Teri Wians and Liz Sterk marshal the focused power of light and science to bring about dramatic aesthetic change. The center's LightSheer laser system harnesses laser-light energy to noninvasively zap the follicles, closing down hair production in the same way the FDA closed down the Broadway hit, Mountain of Unrefrigerated Raw Meat: The Musical. Alternatively, electrolysis treatments target stubble of any hue—including blond, gray, and red—and erase it with a combination of high-frequency heat and magic.
Silky curtains, damask artwork, and earth-toned candles set the mood at Bare, where the staff massage therapists and aesthetician fuse Eastern healing techniques and Western beauty treatments. On top of waxing and reiki, they specialize in prenatal massages that help relieve tension on weight-bearing joints and ease emotional stress that can be caused by pregnancy.
Velvet Waxing Studio's team of expert aestheticians de-fuzz ladies and gentlemen with a slew of services that employ high quality soft and hard waxes. A Velvet Rio treatment sculpts netherfuzz into seductive shapes, expunging more hair than a standard bikini wax by edging follicular forests an inch in from the panty line and down from the top. Alternatively, an eyebrow wax finalizes a hairy brow separation in which both parties split custody of the glabella. Clients can sip on cool refreshments while reclining on a burgundy velvet couch amid antique accents and pale walls. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Licensed aesthetician Marie Cerrajero brings a wealth of experience in the art of beautification and skincare to her focused, one-on-one spa. Previously the owner of Escape du Monde in Fitchburg, Marie opted to scale down the size of her practice so that she could administer more custom services to each client, such as the herbology body texturizer, European facials, or Brazilian waxes. Throughout each skincare service, Marie spritzes clients with professional Dermalogica products. These products eschew all irritants, oils, and alcohols that can cause the skin to break out or the skin’s owner to break out in song in court. Patrons can continue their skincare regimens at home by shopping Marie’s shelves, which she stocks with the full Dermalogica line.
Rays of sunlight stream in through Madison Salon West’s large windows, causing hair that has just emerged from a deep-conditioning treatment to shine radiantly. The team of stylists and aestheticians sometimes must shield their eyes from the brilliance in order to perform services that range from highlights and mani-pedis to deep-tissue massages and European facials. The last of these is a particular specialty, as it infuses skin with moisture and affixes brand new passport stamps on cheeks.
The threading experts at The Brow Boutique specialize in threading—a hair-removal method that originated in Southeast Asia and India more than 2,000 years ago. At the beauty salon, the techs roll a special cotton thread over areas of the face and neck to remove unwanted hair and sculpt brows. Afterward, they spread a cooling aloe-vera gel on the treatment area to soothe skin. Clients with sensitive skin often prefer threading to waxing and tweezing. For an informative video on threading, click here.