Best of Boston

Best Waxing

2017 Best Waxing, Bikini

Exhale Back Bay

Boston
We’ll admit, a bikini wax is not the most enjoyable reason to visit Exhale’s pristine Arlington Street outpost—but the spa’s serene vibes, privacy-ensuring labyrinthine layout, […] read more»
2016 Best Waxing, Bikini

Bliss

Boston
Let’s face it: Bikini waxes aren’t fun. At best, you’re scraped and chiseled as quickly and painlessly as possible. Enter Bliss, at the W hotel. […] read more»
2014 Best Waxing, Bikini

European Wax Center

Let’s get one thing straight: A bikini wax is not a spa treatment. We’re here to break the news that a wax requires—above all else—cleanliness […] read more»
2013 Best Waxing

Emily Payne, Bliss

Boston
Bikini waxing is like (repeatedly) sitting on a tack, naked, as a stranger watches. Aside from the mind-numbing pain, the experience is just embarrassing. Emily […] read more»
2012 Best Waxing, Bikini

Bliss

Boston
This spa eases the awkwardness of down-there waxing right from the start: Simply point to a style on the chart of nether-region hairdos and sink […] read more»
2011 Best Waxing

Karen Golden Skin Care

Brookline
While some beauty pros are notable for what they add to your look, Golden stands out for what she takes off: untamed hair, wherever it […] read more»
2010 Best Waxing

Caterina Sorrenti, Rina’s Studio

Newton
The Newbury Street veteran’s solo endeavor in Newtonville is a study in making the best of a painful (and often embarrassing) salon service. Caterina Sorrenti […] read more»
2009 Best Waxing

Leila Garczynski, Exhale

Boston
When testing this category, one might expect things to get a little uncomfortable. But unsanitary? Thanks, but no thanks! (In truth, some of the most […] read more»
2008 Best Waxing

Katherine Silva, Beaucage

Boston
No matter the crevice or curve, unwanted hair has nowhere to hide from this ultrathorough aesthetician. Silva tailors her attack: hard wax for certain hair […] read more»
2008 Best Waxing, West

Bella Skin

Newton
Likable as Trina Holland and Chani Leighton are, you’d think twice about meeting them in a dark alley. Focused, relentless, whip-quick—the seemingly easygoing owners of […] read more»
2008 Best Waxing, Bikini

Alison Braverman, Etant

Boston
Chatty and lightning-quick, the self-described perfectionist will put you at ease, show you how to breathe, and get you (and every last one of your […] read more»
2007 Best Waxing

Violet Mkhitaryan, Violet Skin

Boston
After three decades in the business, spa owner Mkhitaryan has developed a rare power: the ability to make the most uncomfortable of beauty rituals a […] read more»
2006 Best Waxing

Youliana Roussou

Boston
These are the qualities we look for in a waxing: speed, and a thoroughness that lets us put off the next one for as long […] read more»
2005 Best Waxing

Bella Santé

Boston
Pouring hot wax onto skin sounds strange at best. Ripping it off seems worse. Yet women everywhere repeatedly submit themselves to this hair-removal process. Our […] read more»
2004 Best Waxing

Grettacole

Boston
For silk-smooth skin minus the “ouch” factor, Grettacole aestheticians Monica, Meredith, or Katarina wax so quickly that you barely realize what’s happening. Soothing music fills […] read more»