Best of Boston

BEST Waxing

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 and precision. That’s how it is at European Wax Center: Employees wear medical scrubs, and… 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 Payne has seen—and waxed—it all, and her calm demeanor and unique technique for the, um,… 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 back onto the padded table. Lead aesthetician Emily Payne softens her all-business bedside manner with… 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 may lurk. With extreme precision and a good azulene wax, she restores beauty and order… 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 keeps Rina’s Studio obsessively clean (no double-dipping applicators here). She’s thorough, too, though she gets… read more»

2009 BEST Waxing
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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 pain-free waxes weve ever had were disqualified because of sketchy hygieneas in, double-dipping wax from… read more»

2008 BEST Waxing, Bikini
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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 strays) out of there before you can say “frog position.” 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 types, strips for others—for pristine, and virtually painless, results. read more»

2008 BEST Waxing, West
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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 Bella Skin harbor serious ninja skills. As it happens, that makes for outstanding hair-removal technique:… 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 bit less so, and with pristine results. Whether it’s your first time or your 50th—and… read more»