Serenity by Elizabeth Ann is the good-looking brainchild of Liz Rapp and the crown jewel of Cala Luna Salon on State Street. Liz draws on her skills as a massage therapist and aesthetician to pamper bodies all over, soothing sore muscles one minute and extracting blackheads the next. Custom facials are her specialty, and she offers five varieties designed to meet her clients' specific needs. Whether they opt for the intensive deep-pore-cleansing facial or the Quick Pick Me Up facial, clients can expect to leave the salon feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Cala Luna Salon and Spa offers a transcendent array of body-and mind-restoring services in a chic salon environment. Today’s Groupon gives you freedom of aesthetic choice, beginning with a potential refashioning of your silky-follicled head helmet. Salon owner and hair artist Angie Steinhauser leads a team of dedicated stylists in pursuit of eyebrow and hairdo harmony, from which you'll reap the benefits of subtly arched brows ($12+) and an expertly crafted hair style ($35+ for a women's cut and style). Cuticle-conscious clients can gift themselves two manicures from Kim Mitchell, one of Cala Luna’s esteemed nail beautifiers. Or bring a friend and gossip about Niels Bohr’s penchant for bringing mini atomic bombs to cocktail parties while getting simultaneous nail touch-ups. Finally, a 30-minute massage from massage therapist and tension exterminator Lori Surbaugh relaxes and revives sore, knotty backs.
The licensed aestheticians at Bahia Beauty LLC embrace technology. They vanquish unwanted hair with electrolysis and laser treatments. They can also streamline makeup regimens with permanent makeup, a tattoo-like process that can eliminate the need for eyeliner, lip liner, or eyebrow pencil. The spa’s technology, however, doesn’t replace low-tech treatments—it complements them. The staff still brightens skin with organic chemical peels and uses old-school techniques—such as waxing, tweezing and threading—to reshape brows.
At Changes Salon and Day Spa, a team of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians refurbish clients from head-to-toe. Four levels of stylists pull from Paul Mitchell and Pureology products to snip and arrange coifs, and bedeck strands with fancy feathers. To leave complexions glowing, aestheticians sweep away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
With complimentary beverages in hand, clients at LD Skin Spa slip into richly decorated private treatment rooms. Inside, an aesthetician performs facials, waxes, massages, or body treatments for her or for him. The staff opt for the gentlest methods, using a cream depilatory for Brazilian hair removal and hands rather than a stampeding obstinancy of buffalo to soften tense muscles.
Salon Schools Group's student cosmetologists magnify outer allure under the supervision of expert instructors, perfecting their talents with a mélange of beautifying salon and spa treatments. Scissors swoop in to eliminate excessive fringe during a stylish trim ($7–$11), and a set of foil highlights helps locks achieve new hues without running through paintball crossfire ($37–$40). The invigorating kneads of a rosemary essential-oil scalp massage condition strands for luxurious silkiness ($15), and a range of facials targets epidermal maladies and infuses skin with aromatic scents ($30–$35). Free an upper lip or eyebrows of unwanted fuzz with facial waxing ($7), or coddle jack-o'-lantern stompers with a scented pedicure accompanied by a scrub and new coat of polish ($25–$35).
Best Life practices the traditional form of acupressure used in Asia for over 3,000 years. The fingers are used to press key points on the surface of the skin stimulating the body's natural self-curative abilities. The pressing of these points help relieve muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood.