Black-and-white floor tiles, turquoise drapery, and slanted mirrors set the scene at Identity Hair Spa, where stylists help coiffures exceed their aesthetic potential with haircuts for men, women, and children, coloring treatments, and feather extensions. The salon’s aestheticians make guests look like celebrities with waxing, anti-aging facials, and chihuahuas they can fit in their purse. The team also prepares clients for their special day with body-firming wraps and bridal parties that can include hairstyling and makeup for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl.
Long before Tammy McGill became a licensed massage therapist, she kept herself busy kneading her parents' and family friends' knotted muscles. That innate talent led her to massage school, and she now relieves muscle tension on a daily basis.
Esquire named Hair M the best barber in Portland in 2010, and CitySearch followed suit two years later. The barbershop has also been featured in the New York Times, Men's Health magazine, and the nightmares of unibrows everywhere. The evidence is plain—a man can get a mean haircut at Hair M. But the business offers so much more.
An environment of rugged wood paneling punctuated with HDTVs tuned to sports channels makes the most style-phobic fellow feel welcome, and the bar serving Widmer beers and fine wines doesn't hurt either. Besides regal grooming services, Hair M performs upscale face and body treatments, and keeps a massage therapist on staff at both locations.
At The Strand at Sola Salons, the deft and generous fingers of stylists Abby and Michele attend to scalps with relaxing, massaging movements. This supplemental courtesy, which accommodates every haircut, evidences the duo’s commitment to client satisfaction. Abby and Michele don’t just rush through services; rather, they take time to listen to clients before administering signature cuts, colorings, or keratin smoothing treatments. In this way, they not only achieve unique and classic styles—they also generate good karma with clients so they can form long-term relationships and eventually be reincarnated in the form of well-groomed poodles.