Best of Boston

BEST Waxing

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 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»

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 as possible. After 15 years on the strip (so to speak), Roussou has the process… 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 hirsute pursuit takes us to Bella Santé, where we have actually dozed off during a… 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 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»