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.
Squires Salon's charming, homey location staffs more than 20 trained professionals and has more than 22 private styling and spa rooms for cosseting clients in cocoon-like layers of contentment. Give your face skin a gift and clear pores of day-to-day clay with an American, European, or paraffin facial (facials start at $60). Prepare your body garden for summer blooming with a variety of waxes for eyebrows ($15), eyebrows and lips ($25), full legs ($60), bikini ($30), or a full-force Brazilian ($38). Indulge your entire soul sack with a soothing seaweed or herb body wrap ($100).
A styling stalwart in downtown Providence, Impulse Hair Design keeps manes sparkling and fresh with a full range of services. Grooming guru John Sepe heads a team of skilled skull-top sculptors, including professionals who have honed their craft under Paul Mitchell’s top stylists and a former Miss USA hair and makeup artist. After clients blinded by overgrown fringes get comfy inside the contemporary studio, staffers can help them decide between cutting-edge coiffures or 18th-century pompadours. The highly trained scissor samurais tame wild forests of follicles into flowing streams of luscious locks with sword-like precision before styling freshly chopped crops into brushable, washable works of art. For those who take advantage of the discount on color services, the salon also boasts a rainbow of options to update dull ‘dos. Colorists use Redken and Framesi products to paint hirsute canvases with bold new shades ($60+), dramatic highlights ($80+), and abstract expressionist watercolor murals.
Voted Best Day Spa 2010 by Rhode Island Monthly readers, Alayne White Spa beautifies and revitalizes guests. The Multivitamin Power Peel targets the face, neck, and décolleté (low-cut areas of the neck) regions, doing away with anti-aging aspirations, and instead adding luminosity to the skin and embracing facial wrinkles like the way a child embraces a ripe watermelon.
Retreat to Spadyssey Day Spa's beautiful, relaxing sanctuary and feel the pressures of the outside world dissolve off your soon-to-be-tension-free shoulders. Your Groupon is good for one of four massages from one of its licensed therapists. The Swedish massage (a $95 value) remains a classic stress-slayer, alleviating long-standing musculo-political tensions through five flowing pressure techniques. Bodies blighted by cavernous deposits of sepulchral trauma can have them swiftly exhumed via the deep-tissue massage (a $95 value), which targets problem areas and shoos out their bothersome spirits using slow strokes and deep pressure. The healing scented oils of the aromatherapy massage (a $95 value) will make you forget the smell of your own burning hair, while the sports massage (a $75 value) unties quadruple-knotted muscle fibers on the neck, back, and shoulders.
The W Salon rehabilitates ornery exteriors into their most comfortable and sprightly selves through a range of massage, nail, hair, and skin services. Heads can opt for a stylish cut ($40 for women, $30 for men) and deep conditioning ($20) to shake up the usual routine, while fashion police fugitives can dodge their captors with a transformative hair coloring, allowing them to blend in with the chic set ($45–$155). Prep your bod for beach season or a management position at a nearby nudist camp with targeted hair removal treatments ($20–$65 depending on area). Rejuvenating facials moisturize and exfoliate skin, leaving mugs freshly glowing ($40–$75). Allow one of The W Salon’s professional nail techs to file scraggly ends into tiptop cutaneous form with a polish-accented manicure ($15+) or pedicure ($35). Available massages include the flowing strokes of the Swedish ($75 for one hour), the toxin releasing pressure of deep tissue ($75 for one hour), and the gentle relaxation of hot-stone therapy ($90 for one hour). Each massage employs technique-specific affronts to bodily stressors, driving out unwanted spirits like an ectoplasm-targeted proton pack.