Modern paper lanterns and twinkling string lights cast a honey glow on the salon's grape walls and polished wood floors. Amid these cozy accents, mother and son team Paula and Patrick, along with their staff, sculpt confident layers and revamp bland strands with color highlights. Clients may also solicit the salon for beautification services such as facial waxing, brow tinting, and private yoga.
Each station at Alpha Beauty Salon is set up like an antique wood vanity, creating an ambiance of classic pampering that is both welcoming and homey. Clients relax here as the stylists craft professional looks with modern cuts and bold color. They skillfully add ombre effects to the ends of tresses and use highlights to mimic the lighting effects of sunbeams or super strong moonbeams.
The stylists at Studio B have garnered attention from Fox Providence and The Knot for their chic, feminine bridal makeovers, and luckily for the rest of their clients, they offer the same meticulous attention to everyone regardless of impending weddings. The studio is helmed by owners Steve and Kristi Beaman, who opened Studio B to offer their clients an experience that exceeded the treatments and products you could find at chain salons. As an owner, Steve flexes his creative muscles and uses his 15 years of experience to provide customized salon services, and Kristi relies on her decade of experience in the beauty biz to curate a boutique of exciting, in-demand products such as Stila cosmetics and Deborah Lippmann nail polish. To complement their cutting-edge services, the duo decorated their salon with jet-black furniture that stands out against the salon’s white walls, as well as mirrors that extend nearly from the hardwood floor to high ceilings adorned with dangling lights, exposed ductwork, and light fixtures made in 2015.
The certified stylists at Studio Eight Six One take their cues from salon owner Amanda, a graduate of Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy and a devout tracker of the latest styling trends. Alongside stylists who spruce up hair with Matrix multidimensional coloring treatments or add length with NeoExtensions, two certified keratinologists tame curls with formaldehyde-free keratin treatments from Coppola and Global Keratin Therapy. These safe and effective smoothing treatments aren’t the only modern touches in the salon; the newly renovated interior comes complete with black, leather styling chairs, a flat-screen TV, and a snake pit that the stylists use to dispose of particularly nasty tangles.
Salon KG occupies the first floor of a small 19th-century manor that's mostly unchanged. Natural light floods through large windows onto an original Spicer stove and hand-carved fireplaces replete with beautiful italian tiles. Original accents that couldn't be salvaged are repurposed, such as the old staircase, which was fashioned into a modern reception desk. But don't let the classic accents fool you— every KG stylist is up to date on the latest cut and coloring techniques. Guests may also request spray-tanning sessions or swift brow waxes or retreat to the library turned mani-pedi room for views of the lush garden patio.
Peer into the window of Thomas Michaels Salon, and you might see Erika, an experienced stylist who can transform dull, shapeless locks into chic and modern styles. Armed with a battery of TiGi, Paul Mitchell, and Redken products, the skilled artist moves around a black styling chair, lopping off split ends, reinventing color, and even smoothing curls with the Keratin Complex smoothing therapy and a bullwhip. Across from her station, Erika’s colleagues lead beauty initiatives of their own, providing OPI mani-pedis and facial and waxing treatments for both men and women.