Carolyn Schmitz at Destination Massage & Spa practices massage therapy to complement the staff’s aesthetic services. She can soothe sore flexors and impart a sense of calm during sessions that take as long as a leisurely crabwalk from one end of Rhode Island to the other—60 or 90 minutes. If her clients want services to complement a relaxing massage, Carolyn can direct them to hairstylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists.
Fix Salon, owned by Italian-trained stylist Juliet, combines expert hairdo rejuvenation and support for local artists and musicians to create a funky, laid-back environment. Relax in leather barber chairs as a licensed cosmetologist or, in rare cases, unlicensed cosmonaut sends nimble shears through strands to create follicle finery for both women (a $35 value) and men (a $20 value). Locks can rest easy knowing that stylists use high-end products from New York Streets, Sebastian, American Crew, and others to give labored locks a freshening boost.
The style-savvy staff at Expressions Salon & Spa Inc. bolsters fading façades with a variety of beautifying services both time-tested and contemporary. Muscle menders mollycoddle ligaments with a variety of massage techniques, such as the traditional 30-minute Swedish massage ($55), which infuses a firm, gentle, touch with choice aromas to ease away the stresses of daily commutes and nightly Jenga losses. The Short But Sweet facial ($41–$55) includes a skin evaluation, pore cleanse, facial massage, exfoliation, and moisturizing treatment, thwarting acne breakouts and bacteria break-ins. Clear stubborn hair forests with a mélange of waxing services, which employ nonirritating products to shape eyebrows ($12) and remove unwanted follicles from underarms ($22), lips ($12), or chins ($12), leaving skin as soft and smooth as a freshly shaved pillow. Experienced tress tamers can cut and style locks ($31–$39) into accentuating fashions for a classic, complementary beauty.
The cosmetologists at Professional Image Enhancement offer skincare and hair-removal services driven by chemistry and technology. Skincare services include custom acne treatments, glycolic peels, and microdermabrasions, during which tiny, captivating crystals lure dead skin cells and impurities from the face with promises of emollient rivers and breathtaking fields of lotion. By letting faces breathe, the studio's skincare treatments help products penetrate the epidermis in order to moisturize and tone. For hair removal, waxing services utilize hot wax to temporarily remove hair, and electrolysis deploys mild electric currents to destroy follicles and permanently stunt regrowth.
Wielding products from brands such as Skin Script, the spa techs at 100% Pure Pro cater to all skin types with treatments for the whole body. In addition to traditional facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasions aim to minimize fine lines and signs of aging, and waxing sessions rid bodies of unwanted hair on faces, arms, legs, and bikini areas. Staff artists also travel about, dolling up brides for their big day with expert makeup applications and instant microwave veils.