Best Waxing in Boston


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…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 Payne has seen—and waxed—it all,…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 back onto the padded table….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 may lurk. With extreme precision…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 keeps Rina’s Studio obsessively clean…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 pain-free waxes weve ever had…Read More

2009 Best Waxing

Anne-Cecile Curot


Our poor pores are no strangers to painful excavations, or to being smothered in flowery-smelling goo. That’s why they haven’t quit thanking us since we introduced them to Anne-Cécile Curot,…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 types, strips for others—for pristine,…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 Bella Skin harbor serious ninja…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 strays) out of there before…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 bit less so, and with…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 as possible. After 15 years…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 hirsute pursuit takes us to…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 the air, and the women…Read More

2003 Best Waxing



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…Read More

2002 Best Waxing



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…Read More

2001 Best Waxing

Amy Kernahan, Michaud Cosmetics


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…Read More

2000 Best Waxing, Eyebrow

Tammy Giuoag, Perfect Nail


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…Read More

2000 Best Waxing, Body



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:…Read More

1999 Best Waxing

Anne-Cecile Curot, Solus


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…Read More

1998 Best Waxing

Salon Nordic


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…Read More

1997 Best Waxing

Anne-Cecile Curot


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…Read More

1996 Best Waxing

The Spa on Newbury


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…Read More

1995 Best Waxing

Julie Cooke at Bon Visage


Waxing’s never fun but always necessary, especially in summer. With Julie, the ordeal almost doesn’t hurt (okay, just a little, but the silky smooth results are definitely worth it)…Read More

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