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Best of New York 2014 • Health & Self

Best (Almost Entirely) Painless Hair Removal

  • Light Sheer Duet Laser at Rita Hazan

    720 Fifth Ave., at 56th St., 11th fl.; 212-586-4343

    For many, the promise of a permanently stubble-free bikini line simply isn’t worth the wrath of a laser that stings like a box jellyfish. That’s why the Rita Hazan hair salon introduced the Light Sheer Duet (from $150 for each of the recommended six to eight treatments). The laser’s vacuum-assisted technology reduces pain (the hand-piece feels like a suction against the skin, rather than a cauter) while increasing efficiency (it takes only one to five minutes, depending on the body part). A smaller, more traditional (read: unpleasant) attachment is required for certain crevices, but a patented cooling system minimizes irritation, and aesthetician Lele Gomes’s Soul Cycle–instructor–like encouragement—“You’re doing great!” “Almost done!”—gets you through it.

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).