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.
Beautifica Day Spa offers a pleasing plethora of spa services for fingers, faces, and feet of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a certified-organic and vegan manicure ($15) with a nail kit to take home, or opt for the classic facial ($75), which uses custom-blend cosmetic substances to return a healthy glow to your flesh-emoticon. A full-body airbrush tan ($30) gives you the bronze of the beach minus the squawk of seagulls, while a bikini wax ($30) uses a soy-based liquid hair remover to give your bod more surface area to bronze.
Katie Astone and Gina Galante Skillings fused their talents (and names) to create Salon Astante. The style-savvy pair believes that beauty should be a simple, stress-free process. As such, the two remain dedicated to creating stylish looks that merge seamlessly with each client’s lifestyle and personality. They help clients achieve this type of style-savvy synergy through services that range from traditional hair care to advanced facials and chemical peels. They also know how to assemble a team; consider Pam, their seasoned nail technician. A former OPI educator with 13 years of industry experience, she adds flash to every gesture with coats of traditional polish or sturdy chip-free gel solutions.
A mere 12 months after Helen Mckenna opened id.Salon, it was voted Best New Salon by the Boston Globe ; four years later, the same publication gave it the honor of Best Salon - West. Chalk that up to the studied stylists, who craft cutting-edge 'dos designed to turn heads, and manicurist Galina Frishman, who has painted the nails of such stars as Jennifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz, and Sandra Bullock. The space echoes the staff's aesthetic: it's all modern abstract art and minimalist design, a hip spot so encouraging of transformation that you might be tempted to dye the hair on your arm tattoo.
Tired talons and toe tips are expertly shaped and pampered at Wellesley Nails by Selma. The experience, which can last up to 90 minutes, kicks off with a tea-tree-oil soak, leaving hands softer than a velvet marshmallow. Sock stuffers are prepped for pampering with a fruit-extract exfoliating scrub and gently prodded with a circulatory massage, leaving the oft-abused appendages smooth and pulsing with life. A trained nail technician curtails cuticles and trims tips before covering digits in a chosen hue from such lines as OPI and Essie, which are free of formaldehyde, fumes, and rabid, foaming pigment.
With more than 18 years of experience, the aestheticians at Blooming Nails soften and protect faces against stress-induced imperfections. Using clinically proven bioactive ingredients, Unstress facials help to provide protection to DNA and cell membranes, alleviating the damaged skin while simultaneously strengthening it. Technicians treat skin with high-end products from Christina, soothing irritation, itching, and inflammation brought on by seasonal rounds of bobbing for Brillo pads. High-tech creams aim to boost the body's natural immune system and cell-defense mechanisms, working to comprehensively steel skin so clients won’t have to speed-dial the dermatologist in the middle of the night.