Owned by an aesthetics educator, Luminous cultivates skin's natural beauty with an extensive selection of indulgent facials that have garnered the skincare studio multiple nods from the WickedLocal.com Readers Choice Awards over the last three years. The 75-minute Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial ($90) hydrates faces with Dermalogica skincare products and other ingredients, massaging honey into thirsty pores to keep them shiny and fresh. Countenance curators then blanket faces with a warm paraffin mask for an extra layer of hydration, making the Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial an ideal treatment for those with dry skin or those who have dorsal fins. After inundating your visage with a fresh coat of salutary moisture, pick off bristly stragglers with an eyebrow wax ($20) to show clingy hairs the door with a hard-wax agent agreeable to even the most sensitive skin.
Winner of the 2011 Wicked Local Reader's Choice Award for Spa and Salon, Jathar Salon and Spa rejuvenates weary bodies with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Padded by cushy spa tables, patrons submit to the soothing influence of veteran massage therapists whose deft kneading leaves muscles as content as a puppy in a tennis-ball factory. In the spa's other private treatment rooms, aestheticians begin facials by conducting a custom skin analysis on guests draped over contoured beds. Vibrating massage chairs cradle visitors during pedicures, and manicurists meticulously craft nails and cuticles into pristine condition before gussying them up for big-league cat’s-cradle championships with vibrant coats of OPI or Essie polish. On the way in or out, a complimentary coffee and snack bar refreshes peckish bodies.
Plastic surgeon Joseph Russo has spent the last 20 years adjusting bodies to erase the appearance of age with skills picked up during training at Harvard University. He currently directs the beauty-oriented crew at Laser Gentle Medical Spa, which employs laser and skincare treatments to refashion complexions and contours. Lasers zap unwanted hair, veins, and age spots in painless treatments, and facials and peels target façades to cleanse pores and adjust oil balances. I-Lipo treatments affect change from the inside out by penetrating the skin with low-level lasers to admonish fat cells and smooth cellulite.
Jason B William Salon’s expert tress tamers wield Kenra hair products when snipping locks into fresh silhouettes and Inoa and Matrix coloring products when imbuing them with vibrant new hues. Patrons can opt for Pravana keratin treatments to make hair smoother than a baby dolphin’s best pickup line. Deft fingers brush Mirabella cosmetics over eyelids and cheeks to enhance natural beauty and Balmain Hair extensions send locks cascading down backs.
Within a bright salon decorated with hardwood floors and billowing curtains, the stylists at Bella Hair shape locks into dazzling coiffures. Goldwell dyes transform strands with streaks of red or platinum blond during single- or multiprocess colorings, and Keratin Complex treatments tame frizzy manes, leaving them shiny and smooth. Bella's beauty experts also wax away unwanted hair—from fuzzy upper lips to handlebar unibrows—and prepare clients for special occasions, such as weddings and proms.
SpringRain Face & Body Spa combines Ayurveda, traditional European techniques, and modern American skincare solutions. Within a soothing, low-lit spa, staffers administer massage therapies of every kind—deep-tissue, Swedish, shiatsu, reiki—age-defying body wraps, and mani-pedis that help hands and feet recover after their daily dose of punching through walls and kicking down doors. Most treatments infuse bodies with organic herbs and essential oils, which in turn infuse the mind with a sense of well-being and relaxation.