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.
The expert aestheticians at Fresh Face Skincare Center refresh faces with custom combination of anti-aging treatments and skincare products. The 90-minute anti-aging Ultimate facial rejuvenates visages with a triple treatment of microdermabrasion, noninvasive infusion, and oxygen. The microdermabrasion session gently buffs away fine lines, age spots, and cookie crumbs, yielding similar results as a chemical peel, but generally with less irritation and no recovery time. Expression makers are then infused via ultrasound with a custom skincare recipe hand selected by the aesthetician to match your skin type. Lastly, pores catch their breath with an oxygen treatment, which suffuses skin with a refreshing dose of oxygen more easily than snuggling an oak tree. Like all treatments at Fresh Face Skincare Center, the anti-aging Ultimate facial includes thorough cleansing and exfoliation, steam and steam-towel, extractions, and facial mask, as well as a head, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand hot-stone massage.