Pino Milano, the owner and master stylist at Belvedere Salon and Spa, draws from 30 years of hairstyling experience to craft designer haircuts and imbue flattering color. A native of Italy, Pino brings a touch of European style to his salon, where an equally impressive roster of master stylists and aestheticians with training in Europe, New York, and Boston practice their respective fields of expertise. The salon experts call on formulas by Matrix, Moroccanoil, and Crew to forge elegant new hairstyles, and nail and skin specialists perform facials, waxing services, and luxurious mani-pedis with reflexology treatments and sea-salt scrubs.
Keeping freshly painted fingertips out of your purse is the first rule of mani-pedis—or at least it used to be. At Great Spa, you can feel free to dig around for your keys the second the UV lamp clicks off. Gel nail polish takes only about 10 extra minutes to dry and is much more durable and long-lasting than typical polish. Gel manicures are just part of a day of pampering at the spa, though. Other beauty experts cut hair, cleanse skin with facials, knead away stress with massages, and removal hair with warm wax.
At The Sanctuary Spa, visitors escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world with relaxing and beautifying services performed by a veteran cast of aestheticians, makeup artists, and massage therapists. Facials thoroughly cleanse and calm epidermal expanses, and microdermabrasion treatments and peels exfoliate away dead skin cells, wrinkles, and forgotten notes to self. The staff’s beauty-boosting repertoire also includes eyelash and eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, airbrush tanning services, waxing, and vajazzling. For a tranquil way to celebrate special events, such as upcoming nuptials, clients can also schedule private parties at The Sanctuary Spa.
Nestled along boutique- and coffee shop-lined Hope Street, Red Water Designs' storefront stops even the most caffeinated of passersby in their tracks with a selection of eye-catching accessories. Jewelers constantly update their array of glittering semi-precious stones and hand-blown glass beads fixed in sterling silver or gold-plated metal. Style experts seek out baubles created by local designers, selling only a limited number of pieces at a time from lines such as "Inspirations" by Rhode Island designer Chrisha.
At Unlimited Styles Barbershop & Salon, creative director Kim Evans captains a team of skilled stylists, beauty specialists, and expert barbers. Amid green and grey walls and trendy decor, the staffers perform an array of hair, nail, and skincare services. Master stylist Aiesha Grant snips up new looks and twists hair into intricate braids and dreadlocks, while barbers trim facial hair with luxurious hot-lather shaves. Skincare specialist Jasmin Santana sculpts brows with waxing services and rejuvenates skin with facials, as cosmetologist Jaricia DePina, who has a specialty in braids, styles hair and accentuates eyes and lips with makeup.