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.
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.
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.
Eager to restore balance to the body/mind/soul trifecta, Unique Total Body offers a variety of specialty spa treatments, a private gym, and a full-service wellness center. For the traditional mani-pedi combo treatment, a talented and attentive nail nurturer will buff and beautify finger shingles and toe awnings using all-natural and eco-friendly SpaRitual products and polishes. After wrist-mitts and toe-docks unwind in a calming soak, cuticles are clipped and nails are cleaned, trimmed, shaped, and given a mini-lecture on the dangers of chalkboard scratching. Your nailsperience concludes with the an artistic coat of the polish color of your choice.
Spa Shanti uses organic, wild-crafted, and fair-trade products to pamper and coddle hands and feet within a comforting, tranquil environment. The friendly nail technicians begin the treatment by relaxing your hands and feet with an herbal-tea soak, a blissful, organic exfoliating scrub, and a luxurious lotioning, which makes hands and feet as soft as wet cotton candy. After the soothery, the ‘curists will buff out imperfections, unsnaggle cuticles, and paint finger and toe helmets in the shade of your choice. After a manicure and pedicure at Spa Shanti, your feelers and walkers will proclaim your put-togetherness to the crowds of potentially amorous others and jealous, rough-fingered tree branches. Call to schedule your appointment.
Before Christina DiBiasio and Brooke Young cofounded Total Body Affinity, they were both members of the Rhode Island College Dance Company. This shared background in dance performance informs their total-body approach to wellness, whether they're offering up fitness programs or spa services. During personal-training sessions, they customize fitness and meal plans that help members reach personal health goals. For the more community minded, classes such as yoga, Zumba, and Total Body Boot Camp jumpstart metabolisms, tone limbs, and boost endurance.
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