The salon offers all the latest fads, including Keratin treatments to flatten unwanted waves and "cruelty-free'' feather extensions, embraced by the hipster crowd. Celona prides herself on offering synthetic feathers, not the real thing.

"I refuse to buy rooster feathers," says Celona, a pet lover and owner of Buster, a bull dog, and Inky and Dora, two wonderfully "spoiled rotten" cats. "They're slaughtering them left and right. It's terrible.''

The salon also has hair tinsel extensions, which, in addition to the sparkly Christmas tree version, come in the URI colors of light blue and white. Pink for breast cancer awareness is also available. It's open Monday through Friday (401.874.4087).


HAIR WAVES

Let's not forget the guys. The most popular cuts these days are the "short fade" — a military-style cut — and the bangs-swept-across-the-forehead look. That's the word from John Lombardi, who has owned the salon across from the Emporium on the URI campus since 1985.

He is seeing more men in his salon than ever before. "Guys want to look good too," he says. And that tidiness also extends to those bushy eyebrows. Men are plunking down $10 to get their brows waxed.

The salon is open Tuesday through Saturday and gives student discounts (401.783.9040).


SALON PERSIA

A few blocks from the Brown campus, this salon, at 308 Thayer Street on Providence's East Side, is a godsend for male college students who want a no-fuss cut in a spot within walking distance from their dorms. With six stylists, the salon encourages walk-ins.

Monday is a day of rest for most stylists, but not this salon's owner, the barrel-chested Wassim Chedid, who keeps a bowl of peppermints on the counter. The salon is open from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. And yes, he offers student discounts (401.831.9536).


THE G SPOT SALON

Once you get your new cut, you'll want to make sure your eyebrows frame your face too. This salon at 183 Angell Street, also on the East Side, specializes in the ancient Indian art of eyebrow threading. The technique involves a cotton thread that rolls along the surface of the brow, plucking hairs along the way, in pursuit of the perfect arc.

It's cheap. You can get threaded for 10 bucks. No appointment necessary (401.228.7858).

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