Our Favorite Nantucket Salons for Hours of Pampering

Whether it’s casual pampering with the girls or a full bridal transformation, Nantucket is the place for top-notch salon services and head-turning results.

Explore these three picks from the island black book of beauty, and find the ultimate salon experience:

Emma Ross Hair & Beauty

Emma Ross Hair and Beauty Nantucket

Emma Ross, previously known as J Parave & Co., has earned a stellar, long-standing reputation while serving Nantucket since 2001. From their inviting sea glass-accented interior to their highly-praised staff, this salon and day spa boasts “a generous dose of luxury and relaxation” right on North Beach Street. 

Stop in for a skin brightening treatment, a refreshing exfoliation to leave your skin glowing in the summer sun. Or, nourish your skin with a power firm treatment, a cocktail of vitamins, botanical extracts and conditioning agents.

While you’re there, treat your feet with a 60-minute pedicure that includes a warm soak, foot, and leg massage and scrub leading up to cuticle care, nail filing and fresh coat of polish. Pair it with their Shellac manicure, which combines the ease of polish with the long-lasting life of gels for chip-free perfection. 

For those visiting Nantucket for a celebration or special gathering, the Emma Ross stylists offer an array of professional special occasion services including blowouts, updos, and sleek flat iron straightening. Their stylists even offer professional makeup services. 

Want to really treat yourself? Indulge in a forty-minute massage based on ancient ayurvedic healing. Emma Ross’ Indian Head Massage can help to relieve tension or tight muscles and restore both your body and spirit. Explore their testimonials on their homepage to learn why so many clients refuse to go anywhere else.

Melissa David Salon & Restorative Spa

Melissa David Salon and Restorative Spa Nantucket

Restoration and beautification intertwine at Melissa David, just a few minutes walk from the ferry port on Washington Street. The brother and sister-operated salon offers professional hair and nail services, as well as therapeutic massages, for a full-day of pampering. 

Take the girls for a fresh set before drinks, or embrace the island life with a naturally painted balayage or face-framing highlight. The salon offers specialized treatments as well, like their demineralizing remedy, designed to remove chlorine and hard water minerals from tired tresses, or their Bumble & bumble deep conditioning and keratin protein treatments.

Book a spa manicure or pedicure online, or for those who prefer gels, get a soft application or a hard gel for nail extensions. Ask for a concentrated callus removal treatment to thin thickened skin for a smooth-to-the-touch finish. Bridal parties entrust the stylists here with updos and full makeup applications for their island weddings, with off-site services available at an additional cost.

Melissa David’s massage therapist, Aaron, is renowned by clients for his “life-changing” treatments, having specialized in orthopedic and sports massage for nearly 10 years. Pair one of his 60 or 90-minute deep tissue or therapeutic massages with aromatherapy— using Young Living essential oils. From waxes to gua sha, a Chinese practice for increasing circulation, this salon is a luxurious stop for a glamorous day with a flair of holistic relaxation.

Darya Salon & Spa

Darya Salon and Spa Nantucket

There’s a reason bridal magazines like Style Me Pretty, WellWed and Nantucket Weddings have featured Darya Salon & Spa. From the moment you step inside, this full-service salon’s red chandeliers and high-end products embody their high-quality brand. Come year round for hair, nail, facial, waxing and massage services like none other.

Prepare for the beach with a bikini or Brazilian wax or opt for a meticulous, hand-tweezed eyebrow shaping. Then, choose from one of their many mani/pedi selections, such their Spa Manicure, which includes a vapor organic pomegranate seed oil treatment, hand exfoliation, warm organic green tea paraffin mask, and hot towel wrap. It doesn’t end there. This special manicure is followed by an arm and hand massage using organic chardonnay lotion.

Their esteemed CyroStem Technology facials use stem cell therapy to reduce wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and pore size as well as to rebuild elastin and boost collagen production. Or, gently remove dead skin with dermaplaning, a chemical-free treatment for promoting smoother skin.

While here, sneak away for an hour of relaxing bliss with a Swedish or deep tissue massage. The first is a rhythmic rubdown to alleviate stiffness while the deep tissue therapy is a slower method to eliminate muscular knots and release chronic tension. A warm coconut oil scalp massage can also help to increase blood circulation head to toe, nourish your hair and help you to melt into a deep state of relaxation.

For those tying the knot on Nantucket, Darya Salon offers everything from full bridal party upstyling to false lash application to help you prepare for the special day.

All Dressed Up with Everywhere to Go

Why not extend the pampering from the salon to a spa? Discover the best spas to relax, indulge and rejuvenate on the island. We’ll introduce you to RJ Miller, Sister’s and two other island favorites.

While you’re flashing your best hair, nails and skin, hit the town and show off your fresh look over dinner and drinks. Download our Restaurant Guide to plan the perfect dining experience with the ladies.

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