Richard grew up in Boston, launching his styling career in the city's salons as a precision haircutter and a Ouidad-certified stylist. His career took him all over as he worked for fashion shows, news stations, extreme-makeover shows, and movies. Eventually, though, he opened Jon Richard Salon and launched a line of styling products.
Today, inside his airy, white-walled salon, which has been written up in So Rhode Island magazine, he rallies his team with a call to defend clients from anything that hinders confidence and beauty. Stylists welcome guests to leather styling chairs for cuts, color services, and Yuko straightening treatments. They also stock Ouidad products enriched with proteins and vitamins and designed especially for curly hair and shag rugs with ringlets. Spa technicians reveal glowing skin with facials and microdermabrasion treatments and transform nails with pink-and-white polish or Shellac mani-pedis. Clients can also stop in to get their bodies beach ready with spray tans, body waxing, or Cry Baby semipermanent mascara, which stays put no matter how many hours they've been manning the dunk tank.
The staff at Elan Designs layer treatments to soothe all of the senses during each visit. Spa guests wrap themselves in robes and slippers, which slip off for dips in whirlpools perfumed with Sacred Earth essential oils and body therapies that melt away toxins and muscle tension. Soothing paraffin-wax baths and massages augment facials, which clear up problems ranging from rosacea to hormonal acne with Murad products. In the salon, stylists deftly transition between men's, women's, and kids' cuts, while faces and digits are enhanced with cosmetics.
Lasers can accomplish more than just long-lasting hair removal. At Aesthetic Laser Treatment Center, staffers depend upon them for almost every aesthetic treatment. Yes, one of those treatments is hair removal, but the list also includes diminishing cellulite and wrinkles, eliminating pigmented lesions, and downplaying the appearance of spider veins. The staffers sometimes abandon lasers all together and instead opt for dermal fillers or a chemical peel to restore skin.
The staffers at Exotic Tans cast the world—or at least their clients—in bronze from 15 locations throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They combine traditional tanning bed services with the art of spray tanning, where a spritz of chemicals induces a darkening of pigment free from the use of ultraviolet radiation. They also offer a selection of other spa-like body services, including infrared body wraps.
Led by owner and licensed massage therapist Bobbie Fitzek, the skilled staff of 2 Touch is 2 Heal moves clients toward a more relaxed and limber life with a diverse list of massage modalities. In addition to massage, a cellulite-reduction-massage program.
Rejuvaderm’s expert staff of licensed aestheticians promotes pulchritude with a range of skin-enhancing services. The glycolic peel utilizes a safe chemical solution that, when applied, causes the face’s dead skin cells to slough away ($125). Eradicating these dead skin cells will smooth out the skin’s texture, reduce wrinkles, and improve its overall appearance, resulting in a radiating glow without the hassle of training lightning bugs to follow you around in a constant swarm. The Visia complexion analysis ($75) is a computer-calculated skin scrutinization that plots results as a visual diagram, enabling each person's pelt to compare itself to thousands of others of the same age and skin type. The data can then be used to help plan and monitor a proper anti-aging treatment, helping patients gird themselves against the ravages of Father Time and his magical face-smooshing ray gun.