From the aptly named Shore Soap Company's front door, the syncopated percussion of the coastline can be heard as it ebbs and flows just a block away. But the front door isn't the only part of the company that's connected to the sea?all of the handcrafted soaps are, too. That's because artisan soap makers combine natural ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, and fragrant herbs with sea salt to create a long-lasting, purifying bar. Though bar soap is Shore Soap Company's forte, the storefront also stocks sugar scrubs, body butter, and even solid perfumes that helped it earn a Best of Rhode Island 2013 badge from Rhode Island Monthly. Not only is Shore Soap Company committed to making high-quality handcrafted products, it has pledged 1% of all profits to Save the Bay, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting Narragansett Bay.
Hair Cuttery's strand experts snip, sculpt, and colorize strands with an array of professional haircare services. Style-seeking adults and children choose the salon-grade shampoo, cut, and blow dry to leave heads looking age-appropriate and prevent bullying at recess about archaic pompadour 'dos. After a brief consultation about what the client thinks of their current look, how much time they have to do their hair, and who their hair voted for on American Idol, stylists parlay locks with high quality, professional salon products such as Redken or Paul Mitchell.
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A styling stalwart in downtown Providence, Impulse Hair Design keeps manes sparkling and fresh with a full range of services. Grooming guru John Sepe heads a team of skilled skull-top sculptors, including professionals who have honed their craft under Paul Mitchell’s top stylists and a former Miss USA hair and makeup artist. After clients blinded by overgrown fringes get comfy inside the contemporary studio, staffers can help them decide between cutting-edge coiffures or 18th-century pompadours. The highly trained scissor samurais tame wild forests of follicles into flowing streams of luscious locks with sword-like precision before styling freshly chopped crops into brushable, washable works of art. For those who take advantage of the discount on color services, the salon also boasts a rainbow of options to update dull ‘dos. Colorists use Redken and Framesi products to paint hirsute canvases with bold new shades ($60+), dramatic highlights ($80+), and abstract expressionist watercolor murals.
At Unlimited Styles Barbershop & Salon, creative director Kim Evans captains a team of skilled stylists, beauty specialists, and expert barbers. Amid green and grey walls and trendy decor, the staffers perform an array of hair, nail, and skincare services. Master stylist Aiesha Grant snips up new looks and twists hair into intricate braids and dreadlocks, while barbers trim facial hair with luxurious hot-lather shaves. Skincare specialist Jasmin Santana sculpts brows with waxing services and rejuvenates skin with facials, as cosmetologist Jaricia DePina, who has a specialty in braids, styles hair and accentuates eyes and lips with makeup.
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