“We don’t take shortcuts,” quipped Red Carpet Nails owner Sydney Le to the Portland Oregonian to explain how her nail salon differs from its competition. She isn't lying—at the intimate boutique, Le and her experienced team of technicians perform thorough consultations before even beginning one of their signature treatments. Each service uses only vegan, organic, and natural products including Plantlife bodycare formulas blended from organic herbs and essential oils.
Clients get their choice of a beverage before nail techs get to work. In the salon's private treatment rooms, aestheticians clean skin by purging pores during four different facials, including those that cater to oft-neglected areas such as the back or décolletage. Aestheticians also can remove unwanted hair with more than 20 waxing services for the legs, bikini line, and pesky angel wings sprouting from the back.
The aestheticians at Artistique Wow Browz enhance their clients’ appearances with precision eyebrow threading, facials, and makeup application. Threading techs swiftly work a cotton thread back and forth to remove stray hairs and shape eyebrows into elegant curves, angles, or expressive semicolons. The four- to five-minute procedure is precise enough to target even miniscule hairs and is gentle enough to sidestep the irritation and swelling often experienced after facial waxing with duct tape. Newly sculpted eyebrows or eyelashes can be tinted, and threading can also be done anywhere on the face. For the rest of the body, the salon's aestheticians apply solar or acrylic nails and wax off body hair.
Every appointment at Neo Pinot Spa is designed to give clients an escape from the worries of everyday life. After enjoying a complimentary drink of spring water, herbal tea, or gourmet coffee in the waiting area, world-weary folks can truly relax as the nail technicians and aestheticians go pamper mad. The spa?s signature mani-pedis leave nails trim and refined, incorporating everything from salt scrubs and sea clay masks to warm herbal towel treatments, creating an indulgent spa experience. Additionally, the staff performs classic facials, foot massages and reflexology sessions, and waxing treatments that use hard or soft waxes and withering glares to get rid of unwanted stubble.
The certified nail technicians at Hillsdale Nails & Spa make over fingers and toes with a number of luxurious treatments. In addition to traditional manicures and pedicures, customers can beautify digits with a shellac manicure, which stays chip-free for up to two weeks, or with a deluxe pedicure, which includes a sea-salt scrub, hot-stone massage, and paraffin dip.
The newly remodeled spa offers many perks to enhance the customer experience, including remote-controlled massage chairs and Tony Robbins holograms. Other pampering treatments include reflexology foot massages and facials.
Relaxation requires peace of mind as well as physical comfort, and the technicians at Midas Nail Spa know how to achieve both. To ease client's worries during pedicures, they sterilize every tool that touches their toes—and sanitize the warm water in which they soak. Likewise, the more porous tools, such as files and pumices stones, are only used once, and clients may take them home afterward to decorate their garden if they wish. A modern ventilation system sucks away the odors of acrylics and gel polishes, and natural soaks and scrubs give off fragrances free of chemicals.
Having beautified nails for more than 18 years, Susan has a lot to show for it. Hundreds of clients have left her station at Hair Architects Salon and Spa with newly vibrant fingers and toes, the results of mani-pedis with traditional or shellac polish. Susan particularly enjoys working with natural nails, and in 2011, she had the Best Mani-Pedi in Portland according to both Citysearch and her family.