Best of Boston

Best Waxing

2016 Best Waxing, Bikini


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

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


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

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

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

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, Bikini

Alison Braverman, Etant

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»
2008 Best Waxing

Katherine Silva, Beaucage

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

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»
2007 Best Waxing

Violet Mkhitaryan, Violet Skin

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

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

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


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»