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The front windows of Elan Salon Inc. reflect a quintessential New England scene—brick sidewalks, old-fashioned lampposts, and shingled Victorian houses lining a winding street near Wedge Pond. Inside, however, the salon recalls some idealized desert vista—huge, brushy potted bushes span a twilight-colored wall, and minimalistic styling stations inhabit a vast expanse of light hardwood. Services are a mix of classic techniques and modern trends, including balayage highlights (applied freehand rather than with foils or a spray gun), keratin straightening, and Shellac polish.

40 Church St
Winchester,
MA
US

Winchester Electrology & Laser Center founder Paula O'Byrne and her staff are single-mindedly devoted to one mission: hair removal. Armed with a GentleLase laser, technicians zap away unwanted follicles while a built-in cryogen spray keeps the skin cool. For hair that stubbornly sticks around after multiple laser sessions, electrolysis services can shut down the most stubborn of follicles. Between both methods, the savvy techs can stop hair growth in a large area or shape sideburns to naturally grow into lightning bolts.

831 Main St
Winchester,
MA
US

The warm and serene Winchester day spa specializes in customized skin treatments, and its highly experienced staff will lavish your mug with a rejuvenating personal pore pampering that leaves you looking as radiant as the smug neighborhood glowworm. The 60-minute facial is customized to meet the specific needs and wants of your skin, and is complemented by a gentle microdermabrasion treatment to buff and exfoliate away dead dermal cells and Hollywood "old person" makeup—revealing the fresher, younger underlayer of skin lurking under the surface like a sexy shark. Along the way, moisturizing and hydrating masks will keep your skin at its freshest, despite any wilting glares from the jealously inflamed summer sun outside. Extractions will also be performed as needed until your face is state-dinner ready.

63 Shore Rd
Winchester,
MA
US

Aesthetician Tereza Maria Pupeza has fought acne and facial blemishes for the last 24 years, earning raves for her collagen facial from Stuff Magazine in 2011. Her weapons of choice include a microdermabrasion wand, chemical peels, and more than 10 facials, including a marine facial with a mask composed of seaweed and organic silicon.

10 Converse Pl.
Winchester,
Massachusetts
US

The certified laser technicians, registered nurses, and medical aestheticians who staff Advanced Laser & Skin Center stay up-to-date on modern trends to provide the most advanced aesthetic services. Under the supervision of a medical doctor, they perform technology-based treatments such as Venus Freeze and Thermage, which noninvasively tightens and smoothes the skin, or DermaSound facials that remove dead cells using low-frequency ultrasound waves and extragentle jackhammers. Other procedures, such as laser hair-removal or spider-vein treatments, foster beautiful skin that spans the entire body. Patrons can also opt for old-fashioned pampering in the form of facials that incorporate natural ingredients such as chamomile or pineapple enzymes.

7 Alfred St.
Woburn,
MA
US

With a complimentary drink in hand, guests of Envy Nails & Spa can kick back in plush pedicure thrones as experienced technicians refresh nails with customized manicures and pedicures. After a filing, buffing, and massage, the nail experts coat digits with traditional polish or chip-resistant, UV-cured gel. On the other side of the salon, technicians brighten complexions with customized facials, ease muscle tension with a hot stone massage, and reenergize clients with reflexology treatments that focus on the hands, ears, and feet.

800 W Cummings Park
Woburn,
MA
US