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The beauticians at Silk & Stone connect East and West with a repertoire of Middle Eastern–inspired spa services, products, and workshops that beautify and illuminate members of each culture. Silk & Stone’s resident henna artist develops a lengthy list of retail products, from botanical-based haircare blended with Pakistani, Persian, and Indian recipes to aromatherapy oils. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians perform services including an Ayurvedic facial with complimentary footbath or threading, which allows a technician to accurately pluck facial, hand, and finger hairs from any skin type with imported antibacterial cotton thread. The cultural tradition of henna is brought into sharp focus as artists use the powder to naturally dye the hair, create intricate designs on brides for their wedding day, or teach students tips and tricks for applying the dye to hands, feet, or their invisible friend’s forearm.

3807 SE Belmont St
Portland,
OR
US

The licensed aestheticians at Oregon Cosmetic Laser power most of their cosmetic treatments with elos technology—a one-two punch of laser energy and radio frequency. That combination helps the Syneron laser remove hair and virtually erase skin blemishes or spider veins. It even makes it possible for the VelaShape device to nearly eliminate cellulite, turning it into ethanol. For slightly less space-age palliatives, the med spa trots out ReFirme and triniti skin-tightening treatments, Botox injections, and microdermabrasions, all of which are performed under the medical direction of Dr. Jason Hong.

555 SE 99th Ave
Portland,
OR
US

Plush pedicure chairs and intimate manicure stations line the citrus-hued walls of 10 Nails & Spa's spotless salon. Nail services include basic mani-pedis, during which staffers tidy up hands and feet before adorning tips in colorful coats of popular OPI nail polish. Nail techs can also spruce up the hands for upcoming thumb wars with acrylic services, french designs, and creative nail art. 10 Nails & Spa's resident wax wielders remove unwanted fuzz from the eyebrows down to toe knuckles with quick swipes of a cloth strip, including a thorough Brazilian waxing treatment for ladies.

1117 NW 23rd Ave
Portland,
OR
US

Gigi's specializes in exotic and ancient hair removal techniques. Threading harnesses the towing power of 100% cotton to evict undesirable facial tendrils, leaving eyebrows shapely or nonexistent. Discerning cotton strands chuck only the unwanted hairs, leaving facial surfaces more composed than after waxing, shaving, or getting kissed by a stranger. Resultant arched brows can retain their winsome shapes for two to four weeks.

919 NW 23rd Ave
Portland,
OR
US

The team at Health and Beauty Aesthetics knows how to approach just about every set of teeth with whitening that works for the individual. Among their most popular treatments are hour-long Zoom! whitening sessions performed by a dental hygienist, brightening smiles up to nine shades. The FDA-approved treatments start with painting the client's teeth with a bleaching gel and then catalyzing it with beams of LED light. Take-home whitening kits are also an option here, helping brighten smiles far more effectively than the original home whitening kit—mouthfuls of whipped cream.

Teeth appear even whiter when their backdrop is newly sun-kissed skin. With Infinity Sun spray tanning, clients avoid the sun's UV rays, which can cause skin to burn and brows to furrow permanently. A fine mist sprays the skin with bronze shades customized to each client.

1540 Southeast Clinton Street
Portland,
OR
US

Wax Loft–owner Carissa has been dubbed the "trifecta of waxers"—she's quick, clean, and talkative. Her goal, along with her partner Audra, is to render clients' skin smooth-to-the-touch with a careful and focused technique, but she cites her sense of humor and likable demeanor as traits that help her clients relax with the faith that she'll leave their intended areas as smooth as a baby's silk pajamas. Working alongside an Aveda Institute graduate who shares the talent for creating a warm and comfortable space, Carissa and Audra offer face, body, and bikini waxes with equal parts precision and personality, as well as brow and lash tinting to put the finishing touches on each client's look.

8113 SE 13th Ave
Portland,
OR
US