Anita Sullivan—the name behind Anita and Co.—offers head-to-toe services with her staff of professionals, including an aesthetician, nail technician, master hair designer, color specialist, and massage therapist. Men, women, and children sit for haircuts, updos, highlights, and hair extensions. Other pampering services include custom facials that work to clear acne and other pore blockages, including oil and leftover New Year’s confetti.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
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.
Silver Bee Photography's head shutterbug, Hillarry, believes the best way to capture a new mother's radiant glow, a young child's puckish grin, or a fleeing yeti's lustrous silver fur is with good, clean natural light. As such, she recommends choosing a sunny outdoor location rather than a condemned warehouse for your hour of cheese-saying (a $120 value). After snapping away a slew of natural, vitamin D–enriched shots of your happy family, Hillarry will upload 25 to 50 high-resolution images of the standouts onto a DVD (a $200 value). You'll also receive a full release to print so that you can print photos at home, on the Internet, or in the boss’s office you use as a darkroom during lunch.
At Salon Galleria, which is divided into private suites, there's no danger of stylists running into each other on their trips to the shelf. Brittney Byrum prizes the intimacy that her studio affords, saying that the salon "gives our guest the ‘homey’ feeling." With hardwood floors and carved cabinets, her suite has a slightly Victorian vibe, which acts as a counterbalance to the modern 'dos she produces.
Brittney's specialty is multidimensional color—she loves to transform the tints of her clients' hair with new all-over shades as well as carefully applied highlights. She has also mastered the ombre trend, which gradually shifts the hair's hue at the ends for a bold, two-toned look more chic than simply wearing a chessboard as a hat. Brittney uses Redken and Pureology products to help nourish strands as she works, and sometimes, she even sells decorative headbands to complement her styles. Whether she's administering a simple trim or a complex wedding updo, her goal remains the same: to ratchet up her clients’ confidence.
A cream shag rug, exposed steel beams, and zebra-print ottomans impart a funky feel to the interior of Co. Capelli Hair Salon, whose grand opening attracted the likes of Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. An expert in hair extensions, owner Sam Parker handpicked a multitalented staff of stylists to enhance clients' locks with glue-free Klix extensions or trim and highlight existing hair. Med-spa treatments such as Botox, chemical peels, and laser treatments leave skin smooth and glowing, and massages help muscles to unwind.