With an artistic staff that works hard to master the latest beautification techniques, Shimmer Salon and Day Spa provides reservation-holding customers with a full crate of spa and salon services. Get your hair overhauled with a cut, shampoo, and style ($30–$40; longer or more intricate styles may cost more) from a stylist who understands how to make hair fit with eye color, personality, and social security number. Detoxify a face with a 60-minute classique facial ($70), which employs botanically-based skincare compounds to cleanse dirty mugs until they shine like much newer mugs. Various mani-pedis keep nails firmly attached, and a 60-minute Swedish massage ($70) will relax your body and help it deal with the stresses of raising a bat cub.
Over the years, stylist Jaymie Hazard has honed her craft in Paris, New York, and Boston, styling hair for photo shoots and fashion shows. She and the staff at Enlightenment Day Spa bring the same level of professionalism to clients, where they provide haircuts, hair color, keratin treatments, and hair extensions, as well as makeup applications, mani-pedis, and waxing services.
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.
ArchAngels is the specifically tailored brain baby of Rekha, a one-woman powerhouse of eyebrow-threading talent. With 25 years of experience and a self-described obsession with shaping, fixing, and perfecting the all-powerful brow, Rekha is a one-strand stand for eyebrow-threading needs. For arch pilgrims only familiar with waxing and plucking, threading is a technique that originated in ancient India in which brows are shaped using only a cotton thread. Instead of slathering on harsh hair-removal creams loaded with chemicals or hot wax that can burn and abrade your sensitive face skin, threading wicks away hairs one by one for elegant arches that will frame, define, and brighten your whole face. The results last longer than waxing, and you're also less likely to experience bumps, irritation, swelling, or event horizons. Check out Rekha's photo portfolio for images of her craft, and brace your forehead for a pair of symmetrical, elegant guests.
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.
The aesthetic is decidedly minimalist—a few padded leather chairs, a tasteful rug, a potted plant here and there. But the services are as complex as the decor is simple. Most services rely on some type of laser work, from sessions with the i-Lipo fat-reduction system to treatments that remove moles, hair, and spider veins. Unlike at some centers, medical director Dr. Luciano Sztulman often becomes directly involved in these treatments, except for the apple-related services that keep doctors away.