Awarded Best Pedicure of 2009 by Rhode Island Monthly, Naturally Nails’ techs gussy-up hands and feet with creative nail art and spa treatments in a chic studio with complimentary beverages. Peruse the 130+ gel polishes, including the award-winning Young Nails line, before a ‘curist begins to shape each nail. During the gel manicure, each freshly prepped ‘tip receives a shiny gel shield that keeps the original sheen and color without chipping or cracking for up to two weeks. A skin-smoothing sugar scrub rounds out the rejuvenating service before a warm paraffin treatment leaves paws softer than a velour rabbit crooning Barry White songs. Opt for a no-frills ‘cure with the basic mani, which cleans up fingertips with a shaping, cuticle trim, traditional polishing, and relaxing hand massage.
Licensed massage therapist Helen Proulx has been untying knotted muscles for eight years. Her specializations include Swedish and deep-tissue massage, which includes long, gliding strokes and more pressurized kneading, respectively. In her capable hands, mothers-to-be find relief from aches and tension during prenatal massages. Each massage session can easily be customized to concentrate on a specific part of the body.
Tina Demers's treatment menu might make you hungry. She applies pumpkin foot scrubs and chocolate masks to spice up her signature manicures and pedicures. And though these tantalizing ingredients are there to nourish the skin and nails, Tina believes that the taste buds deserve a reward as well. That's why she serves pumpkin-spice coffee or hot chocolate for clients to savor while their hands and feet are worked on. Whether she's doing elaborate nail art or a simple manicure, Tina can be found at Cheryl Ann's Salon, a lively and welcoming space with Broadway-musical posters on the walls, hair products on the shelves, and beauticians on hand to transform clients from head to toe.
During spa mani-pedis, Alice Callaway-Ridgewell of Alice's Gel Nails trims cuticles, scrubs tootsies, and shapes claws before topping them in vibrant polish. A coating of Luxio gel layering further fortifies keratin with a color that lasts approximately two weeks and can type 400 words per minute. Patrons can also get a royal cosseting that crowns two noble nails with 24-karat gold leaf to rule over the remaining gel-nail subjects.
Before Christina DiBiasio and Brooke Young cofounded Total Body Affinity, they were both members of the Rhode Island College Dance Company. This shared background in dance performance informs their total-body approach to wellness, whether they're offering up fitness programs or spa services. During personal-training sessions, they customize fitness and meal plans that help members reach personal health goals. For the more community minded, classes such as yoga, Zumba, and Total Body Boot Camp jumpstart metabolisms, tone limbs, and boost endurance.
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The salon's mint-green walls are lined with cozy beige leather pedicure chairs and recessed alcoves of fresh-picked daisies. Amid these warm accents, skilled technicians rehab nail shields with symmetric shaping and vibrant polishes in a multitude of colors. Guests can also request sumptuous add-ons such as reflexology with lavender oil or therapeutic hot stones.