Long mirrors wrap around the red-and-black walls like a racing stripe, reflecting polished wood floors and glowing flat-screen TVs. Amid these relaxing accents, the shop's skilled barbers offer sleek scissor cuts to flatter the features. Straight-razor lather shaves pair with a relaxing hot-towel treatment or botanical tea-tree oil mask to refresh the complexion. The shop also features a complementary women's salon for coloring and formal styling needs.
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.
At Chrissy's Hair Salon, Chrissy and her team use products from brands such as Rusk and Joico to offer cuts, foils, corrective hair coloring, and smoothing treatments. These master colorists and experienced stylists take special pride in their consultations. They meet with customers to assess their complexions, making sure to match hair colors with facial tones and accounting for the current season and fashion. This approach results in eye-catching 'dos that correctly frame clients' faces and stop dream thieves in their tracks.
Areté's staff of beautifying specialists pampers customers from widow's peak to big toe with a full assortment of salon services. Haircuts for men ($20) and women ($35) tame stray strands after stylists consult patrons about whether to shape hairdos into trendy new styles or fully functioning birds' nests. Feather extensions with tinsel ($20+) imbue manes with the radiance of a fireproof phoenix, and waxing services ($8+) sculpt overgrown keratin patches. A spa pedicure ($45) tidies up digits, preparing feet for glass-slipper fittings or high-pressure auditions to play hands in a Broadway play. Areté eases the experience of waiting by occupying guests with complimentary WiFi access and television.
Voted Best New Salon in 2010 by Rhode Island Monthly, Gloss and Glamour hosts an expert team of mane-managing stylists who instill some decorum in unruly hairdos with a wide range of scissorcentric services. Reveal an updated look for outdated driver's licenses by lopping locks with a women's haircut and styling ($40+). Beauty seekers can also treat hair to an updo ($50+) for elegant dinners and fancy trips to the post office, or they can turn frantic frizzes into a cascade of silky tresses with a blowout treatment ($25+). Regardless of the service, stylists work to ensure you end up with the hair of your dreams without the ensuing bedhead.
The salon and day spa at Moderne may not be far apart physically, but each one feels like a completely different place. The bustling salon is home to a trio of stylists who boast specialties in hair design, extensions, dimensional and corrective color, and Brazilian blowouts, which leave hair straighter, sleeker, and perfect for princes’ climbing attempts. This bustling salon floor slips away as guests enter the doors to the day spa, where they’re greeted by relaxing music. There, massage therapists perform deep-tissue and hot-stone massages, and a nail technician paints fingernails and toenails. The aestheticians can also custom-blend facials, peels, and back facials for clients.