At Air Salon & Spa, the stylists are big believers in beauty: both the beauty of chic, polished hair and the beauty of nature. The two aren't at odds, either, thanks to the salon's eco-friendly business practices. For starters, the team tends to tresses with products from Italy's Davines, Alterna Hemp, and Bamboo Organics?brands that eschew harsh chemicals for natural alternatives while still producing rich color and intensive hydration.
In a similar vein, the salon has built all its workstations with reclaimed materials and furnished the space with vintage furniture from local shops. Even if you get a paper printout of the menu, which encompasses services from custom cuts to eyebrow waxes and pedicures, you can rest easy. Air Salon & Spa prints all its paper products on recycled paper with soy-based ink?a strategy as environmentally friendly as the typical bicycle-powered printer.
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.
Salon Bianco lavishes clients with an array of beautifying services ranging from haircuts and color to massages, facials, and body wraps. At this luxurious grooming center, licensed stylists streak face-flattering highlights into hair and provide straightening keratin treatments. Certified massage therapists ease tight muscles in soothing private rooms. Come in for a 60-minute relaxation massage, then have a custom facial revitalize skin afterward. The team also takes their talents to the bi-annual StyleWeek Northeast, where they style models for photo shoots and fashion shows.
Even with the large clock on salon's front wall, clients lose track of time while being treated at Cole Michael Hair Salon. That's because owner Denise Gravel, a nail tech, and a staff of expert stylists aim to please and pamper. Time flies just from going through Denise's 20-year résumé, which includes training as a color specialist and work on a television series. Although her forte is creating eye-catching updos and dimensional color, Denise and her hairstyling veterans also snip strands into stylish looks, smooth locks with keratin treatments to make hair more manageable, and gloss manes until they are shinier than a lucky penny tossed into the mall's lemon-juice fountain.
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.
Brothers Jonathan and Richard grew up in Boston, and they both launched their styling careers in the city's salons?Jonathan as a color specialist and Richard as a precision haircutter and a Ouidad-certified stylist. Their careers took them all over as they worked for fashion shows, news stations, extreme-makeover shows, and movies. Eventually, though, they came back together to open Jon Richard Salon and launch their own line of styling products.
Today, inside their airy, white-walled salon, which has been written up in So Rhode Island magazine, they rally their 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.