Best of Boston

BEST Waxing

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 the air, and the women are experienced and sweet conversationalists—all the better to take the… read more»

2003 BEST Waxing

Austen’s

Boston

Most of us look forward to a bikini wax about as much as we look forward to a root canal. Like a good dentist, a first-rate aesthetician is meticulous and professional—and makes the experience as painless as possible. Enter Austen… read more»

2002 BEST Waxing

Austen’s

Boston

For bashful types, waxing rooms can seem like torture cells. Well, not here: Austen puts clients at ease with his affability, competence, and expertise. Bikini treatments are surprisingly painless, and eyebrows are executed with precision and finesse. The intimate, homey… read more»

2001 BEST Waxing

Amy Kernahan, Michaud Cosmetics

Boston

No one is too hirsute for the deft hands of Amy Kernahan. She’s as adroit at Brazilian bikini waxes as she is at removing facial hair, and manages to perform each treatment meticulously and as painlessly as possible. Most importantly,… read more»

2000 BEST Waxing, Eyebrow

Tammy Giuoag, Perfect Nail

Boston

Perfect Nail looks like a simply average nail-and-beauty emporium tucked into a street-level storefront behind the State House on Beacon Hill. Thank goodness appearances can be deceiving: Running the show here is Tammy Giuoag, the best eyebrow doctor in town…. read more»

2000 BEST Waxing, Body

Austen’s

Boston

The delicate art of hair removal with wax is practiced with finesse and care at this self-described “studio for personal grooming.” Austens happens to be the master of extreme waxing: The fabled “Brazilian” job (in which 99 percent of a… read more»

1999 BEST Waxing

Anne-Cecile Curot, Solus

Boston

Anne-Cecile moved here three years ago from Rheims, France, bringing along her down-to-earth approach to the body. Her treatments are painfree, and that French accent and giggle don’t hurt a bit, either. She frequently visits Paris for seminars on the… read more»

1998 BEST Waxing

Salon Nordic

Boston

Having someone else yank out your body hair can be, um, intolerable. Even first-time waxes will find it quick and painless— the best two things a waxing can be. Bikini line? Ingrown hair? No problem. These unsqueamish Swedish sisters attack… read more»

1997 BEST Waxing

Anne-Cecile Curot

Boston

It’s bad enough getting waxed—best to do it in a fun, distracting atmosphere (with Donna Summer cooing softly in the background). What makes this place unique is Cecile, a charming French woman who brought a trade secret with her when… read more»

1996 BEST Waxing

The Spa on Newbury

Boston

Having your body hair pulled out by its roots is never pleasant, but this elegant spa’s careful, considerate treatment makes the glamour of perfectly smooth legs worth the pain. A big plus here is the luxurious changing room, complete with… read more»