Under the direction of board-certified spa owner and nurse practitioner Gerald F. Dornhecker, the certified laser technicians at Skin Essentials work to smooth skin and eliminate unwanted hair. The technicians also employ Elos Plus advanced laser systems to treat redness, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. Their microdermabrasion and chemical-peel facials firm and clarify visages by lifting away dead skin cells and allowing lower layers to absorb nourishment and all compliments. During massage sessions, therapists utilize Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage to help alleviate tension.
Licensed aesthetician Nicole Lyons opened Seven Layer Skin to treat clients with private, one-on-one sessions to fortify and repair their skin. By appointment only, she restores the epidermis to its youthful vigor with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and paraffin dips for the face and hands. Her chemical peels harness the power of lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid to slough away dead skin cells and old Dukakis for President bumper stickers still plastered across foreheads. Nicole also performs specialty services including waxing, ear coning, and eyelash-extension application. The only time she eschews one-on-one attention with her clients is when she plays host to spa parties, during which groups convene to snack on appetizers while lathering their faces in Dermalogica products.
The tanning specialists and aestheticians at Glistening Goddesses harbor a wealth of collective salon experience and a shared belief that shimmering skin should not be reserved for golden statuettes. Their menu of services reflects this belief with its assortment of spray tans, facials, and waxing treatments customized to individual skin types and tones. Organic tanning solutions—applied meticulously by hand to the face or body—adhere to skin for up to seven days. Newly minted tans literally sparkle with the addition of “shimmer shots,” spray-on applications of body glitter designed to reflect the light of flashbulbs and oncoming headlights. Aside from facial and body treatments, the spa hosts cosmetics classes that teach students the tricks of the makeup trade.
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.
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 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.