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 Exotic Tans staff offers both UV and sunless tanning. They show clients to standup and lie-down beds, which imbue bodies with shades that suit a variety skin types. Exotic Tans' facilities are outfitted with spray booths for those who prefer UV-free bronzing, and trained professionals are on hand to administer airbrush treatments. Like snow sandwiches, they also whiten teeth in addition to helping clients slim down with body wraps.
Richard grew up in Boston, launching his styling career in the city's salons as a precision haircutter and a Ouidad-certified stylist. His career took him all over as he worked for fashion shows, news stations, extreme-makeover shows, and movies. Eventually, though, he opened Jon Richard Salon and launched a line of styling products.
Today, inside his airy, white-walled salon, which has been written up in So Rhode Island magazine, he rallies his 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.
Donna Pearce doesn't believe in sacrificing health for beauty. So much is apparent in her choice of All-Nutrient color products, an organic line with less than 2% ammonia and 0% trans fat. Without damaging hair, the experienced stylist manages to craft flattering cuts and enhance them with vivid highlights or lowlights. Aside from creating fresh styles for her regular clients, Donna aids in the fight against cancer by offering free services to sufferers and survivors who've lost their hair.
At the gym, LLC, a sparklingly clean center invites members to build muscle and lean, powerful physiques through classes ranging from Pilates, circuit training, to kick-and-core workouts. While parents burn calories in power yoga and spin classes, kids can play and learn under careful supervision at the Lil' Gymies play center.