Experienced aesthetician Charisse Bruno specializes in facials and makeup artistry as well as eyebrow shaping and Brazilian waxes. At Bella Pelle, she customizes her facials to meet each client’s particular skin needs, whether it’s cleaning pores with extractions or providing preventive care for teenage skin. During waxing services, Charisse employs a quick technique that rids clients of unwanted hairs fast and with minimal discomfort, similar to a stock-car racer with a La-Z-Boy driver’s seat. Her private treatment room features an elegant diminutive chandelier, light green walls, and a painting of a woman in a dress.
Epidermis & Co. chief aesthetician Michelle Cataldo has dedicated herself to the art of skincare. Constantly conducting research on products and procedures, she customizes aesthetic regimens to fit her clients' individual needs and the state of their skin. Drawing from her experience, she can treat any aesthetic woe from dry skin to hyperpigmentation that looks like Elvis sideburns. The Epidermis & Co. team also provides non-invasive treatments including iLipo that reduces the appearance of cellulite and dermal fills that smooth away wrinkles and plump lips.
Working as a laser hair-removal specialist, Carmen Vanderheiden heard a common sentiment from the clients who had tattoos: "Please, hit it. I want it gone." The Tataway founder told the Back Bay Patch that as many as 80% of these tattooed clients asked her not to shield their ink from the hair-zapping laser. Since opening her tattoo-removal parlor, Vanderheiden has found out why, listening keenly to the story beneath each inky regret. Some clients have told her that they're tired of a tattoo's design or its placement on their body. Others have confided that the tattoo feels like a stain from some painful time in their life.
These stories make no difference to Tataway's tattoo-removal chart. During free consultations, the clinically published Kirby-Desai scale tells Vanderheiden the number of laser treatments each client can expect based on skin type, lifestyle, the tattoo's pigments, location, and number of spelling errors. After each treatment, topical ointments and sterile dressing help sooth the skin and prevent infection.
The practitioners at Skin Spa Clinic want guests to feel as comfortable as if they were still at home, so they deck the studio with domestic touches. The treatment tables, for example, more resemble high-end couches, inviting visitors to relax atop embroidered pillows and ultrasoft fringed blankets woven from clumps of cloud nine. As clients sink into these creature comforts, technicians focus on their specialties of laser hair removal and photorejuvenation treatments that combat everything from facial wrinkles to leg veins. Some services, such as the acne treatment and MedFacials, combine light and radiofrequency energy, giving clients two forms of therapy with less overall energy output. This in turn lessens the risk of skin damage. Skin Spa Clinic's staff also enhances façades with nonlaser treatments, such as microdermabrasion and peels.
Although it's not an NFL place kicker's living room, Mozi Foot Spa pays tons of attention to the feet and happens to air sports games on its flat-screen TVs. The staff pays ample attention to kicking tools by using ancient Chinese reflexology techniques—massage therapists apply their kneading techniques to the feet, stimulating blood circulation and promoting detoxification. They enhance foot-spa treatments with soothing soaks that include the relaxing power of jets and a steam, followed by a bunny spooning with your ankle. The massage therapists also help guests relax with a variety of bodywork, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The salon's decor promotes serenity as much as the services. Plush off-white treatment love seats are divided by flowing white curtains, and pink flowers loom overhead.
In her more than 15 years of experience as a cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor, Crystal Caruso never stopped learning. She's gone on to become certified in LPG Endermologie cellulite reduction, Sudatonic infrared body wraps, and SO.CAP. hair extensions to bring her customers a well-rounded service menu. From her digs in House of Hair Salon, Crystal calls on her many skills to revamp 'dos with foil highlights, special-occasion updos, and Brazilian hair-straightening treatments, along with waxing away unwanted hair and stuck-on carpet samples that escaped their fate at a flooring store.