Awarded Best Pedicure of 2009 by Rhode Island Monthly, Naturally Nails’ techs gussy-up hands and feet with creative nail art and spa treatments in a chic studio with complimentary beverages. Peruse the 130+ gel polishes, including the award-winning Young Nails line, before a ‘curist begins to shape each nail. During the gel manicure, each freshly prepped ‘tip receives a shiny gel shield that keeps the original sheen and color without chipping or cracking for up to two weeks. A skin-smoothing sugar scrub rounds out the rejuvenating service before a warm paraffin treatment leaves paws softer than a velour rabbit crooning Barry White songs. Opt for a no-frills ‘cure with the basic mani, which cleans up fingertips with a shaping, cuticle trim, traditional polishing, and relaxing hand massage.
During spa mani-pedis, Alice Callaway-Ridgewell of Alice's Gel Nails trims cuticles, scrubs tootsies, and shapes claws before topping them in vibrant polish. A coating of Luxio gel layering further fortifies keratin with a color that lasts approximately two weeks and can type 400 words per minute. Patrons can also get a royal cosseting that crowns two noble nails with 24-karat gold leaf to rule over the remaining gel-nail subjects.
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.
Before Christina DiBiasio and Brooke Young cofounded Total Body Affinity, they were both members of the Rhode Island College Dance Company. This shared background in dance performance informs their total-body approach to wellness, whether they're offering up fitness programs or spa services. During personal-training sessions, they customize fitness and meal plans that help members reach personal health goals. For the more community minded, classes such as yoga, Zumba, and Total Body Boot Camp jumpstart metabolisms, tone limbs, and boost endurance.
In the spa, aestheticians and massage therapists pamper clients and slay stress with facials, mani-pedis, and [massages], (http://www.totalbodyaffinity.com/spa/massage/) which include deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Swedish modalities.
The salon's mint-green walls are lined with cozy beige leather pedicure chairs and recessed alcoves of fresh-picked daisies. Amid these warm accents, skilled technicians rehab nail shields with symmetric shaping and vibrant polishes in a multitude of colors. Guests can also request sumptuous add-ons such as reflexology with lavender oil or therapeutic hot stones.
Anyone who shaves regularly knows that keeping skin smooth and stubble-free is a chore. At LiVi Laser Hair Removal Center, located within Nuance Salon, a certified laser hair-removal technician?who works under the tutelage of a medical director?draws on more than five years of experience to free clients from that chore. She aims the beams of a Candela laser at bikini lines, underarms, and other regions of the body, gradually halting future hair growth. The treatment is effective on all skin types.