Verdant plants, potted orchids, and a built-in stone fountain signal a natural atmosphere at Air Salon & Spa, which spruces up bodies with organic products?including Davines and Alterna Hemp?and environmentally friendly practices. Dedicated to being a zero-impact business, the salon furnishes its waiting room and stations with an assortment of reclaimed materials and vintage pieces, relying on soy-based inks for written correspondence and drafts of the Constitution. The walls sport coats of low-VOC paint, and the staff cleans and maintains the space using nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaning products. As a result of this commitment to eco-excellence, patrons can breath deeply as they undergo manicures or hair treatments in comforting massage chairs.
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.
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.
On the block of McKinley Street, stylist Krisel Baumet transforms clients' looks with eyelash and hair extensions. The certified lash extensionist has more than 12 years of industry experience. At Blueberries Lashes, she applies single-strand NovaLash extensions using a long-lasting, medical-grade adhesive. With proper care, these extensions can last up to four weeks. Krisel is also a certified hair extensionist and even serves as a hair extension instructor. Blueberries Lashes services include facial waxing, hair coloring, professional makeup application, spa-style manicures and pedicures, and flattery free of charge.
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.
Bonjour Belle's Robyn Rudolph has been honing her craft of expertly applying makeup for more than 25 years. Having received a cosmetology license from Wilfred Academy and studied color theory at the Rhode Island School of Design, she puts her skills to use in dolling up clients for weddings, headshots, and other major events, both in her studio at Moss Salon and on location. To share her wealth of knowledge, she also offers one-on-one makeup lessons, during which she analyzes clients' skin tone and texture before recommending products and walking them through techniques.