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.
A private parking lot borders Definitions Salon's newly renovated locale, a one-story home transformed into a welcoming, upscale salon. A dark, wooded front desk—illuminated by a hanging flat-screen TV—greets beauty seekers as they enter the spacious salon draped in contemporary earthy décor and hardwood floors. Natural light spills across the adjacent den, which invites patrons to plop down on the chocolate-brown-leather couch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or provided magazine. Amid the hair salon's yellow-hued walls and black-leather chairs, stylists transform lackluster tendrils into luscious manes with keratin glazing and Pravana Perfection SmoothOut treatments. Two elegant nail stations and one plush pedicure throne provide privacy to techs performing an array of keratin-enhancing services, and an intimate waxing room offers a tranquil setting to defur physiques sprouting unwanted hair along the legs or werewolf tufts across the back.
Signature Salon’s experienced aestheticians revamp mugs with four one-hour facial treatments. After entering the modern setting bedecked with dangling vines and boldly painted walls, guests meet with an epidermal expert for a quick consultation to assess skin’s woes and career ambitions before beginning one of four targeted facials. Signature facials renew lackluster skin with a deep cleansing and exfoliation, and aromatherapy sessions soothe both skin and souls by adding blissful scents and permanent scratch and sniff tattoos. Clogged-up pores cower in fear during acne facials, which perform raids against blemish-causing excess oil. Much like a disheveled super hero, anti-aging facials do battle with unwanted wrinkles, revamping skin and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Owner Alicia Ryan has always lived and breathed beauty. "I think it all began back with the Barbie dolls," she laughs. She comes by it honestly: "Most of the females in my family are all cosmetologists." Her salon includes six styling areas, where a team of stylists specializes in Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments. Sheltered from the open salon, Alicia offers Dermalogica facials, body treatments, and subversive antifrizz pamphlets in a private treatment room.
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.