The trained face exfoliators at Michael Francis Salon and Day Spa restore natural beauty and vibrancy to weatherworn skin by cleansing pores and sloughing away dead skin cells. A deep pore cleanser primes the skin, then the enzymatic peel extricates dead skin cells from the clutches of tiny facial hairs and purifies pores. Once the effects of the peel have taken hold, the face-lift mask is applied, returning elasticity to the skin and making it possible to pick locks with the tip of the nose. Customers exit the roughly one-hour procedure with revived, youthful-looking skin. Due to their skin’s sensitivity, Retin-A users cannot receive this service or dish out constructive criticism.
As owner and operator of LockStar Salon, April Conley spends her days researching the latest trends, motivating her staff, and styling and chatting with her clients––and by her account, it’s the greatest job in the world. Amid candelabras and black paisley wallpaper, April and her styling team can transform strands with an elegant scissor cut, hair-smoothing relaxers, or bold color treatments with one of the salon’s Toni & Guy– or Paul Mitchell–trained stylists. Guests may also dip their feet into the salon’s indulgent spa menu, which offers mani-pedis, restorative facials, and soothing aromatherapy bodywork.
The stylists at Salon X perform hair and waxing services using Gelish gel polishes, Babe Hair Extensions, Redken shampoos and conditioners, and other high-quality products such as Framesi, bedhead, Pravana, Sexy Hair, and Moroccanoil. They also offer Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments and Hair Treats hair extensions that affix to strands without heat, glue, or wizard intervention.
The salon itself is filled with lots of natural light, which streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows to illuminate sleek, black styling stations and a waiting area with a coffee station and animal-print chairs.
Susan Ferri has picked up many styling skills over the course of her 17-year career. She?s adept at applying color and highlights, texturizing hair, and cutting unruly hair into fashionable, complementary styles. Certified in the Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Susan also diminishes frizz with a long-lasting smoothing treatment that leaves strands as soft as a gosling after it?s been fluffed in the dryer. Susan works inside Hair-N-Now alongside a team of talented hair stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians.
The merlot-colored walls and sleek wood floors underscore the elegance of Ch'i Spa, where expert stylists prettify guests with a variety of services. They lengthen lashes with their own brand of eyelash extensions at the lash boutique and specialize in reshaping hair into half a dozen different styles, from Southern belle?style curls to mermaid-inspired waves, at the blowout bar.
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.