Sarah Dodson hopes her clients feel at home at Cashmere Beauty Lounge and not just because the boutique-style salon sits inside a historic house. She welcomes clients as she would welcome a guest into her own house—no entry until they learn the secret handshake—and spends her appointments chatting while cutting and coloring locks. The salon, which was nominated for Best Salon on the west side by Portland Fashion Week, also offers massage therapy to relax tense bodies.
The soft aroma of Aveda’s plant-based shampoos and styling products wafts through Aveda Avenue Salon Spa. At their stations, stylists cut and color manes, conditioning dry, damaged strands with botanical treatments that harness the power of plant oils and quinoa proteins. Small touches enhance the rest of the services: After sipping complimentary mugs of soothing tea, clients enjoy facials that can include special add-on treatments for the eyes and back. Similarly, clients can enhance their manicures and pedicures with warm paraffin dips and hot-stone massages.
Vases of green bamboo accent the salon’s stone walls and earth tones. The natural decor reflects its proclivity for environmentally friendly products and brooding park rangers.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: DN Age Peel
Brands Used: Rhonda Allison
Pro Tip: Please silence your cellphones out of respect for others who are relaxing in the spa and salon.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
We offer a welcoming environment and a selection of cold and freshly brewed beverages. We also have a nice mixture of magazines for men and women and offer our own snack blend of toasted nuts, blueberries, cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff regularly adds to their education, and our estheticians have advanced Rhonda Allison training. Our licenses and certifications are on display outside of our treatment room.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
After our Uplift Facial, one customer said the following: "That's absolutely the best facial I've had in my entire life." It always makes us feel good when we know the client has had a great experience.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Facial peels offer small, progressive results, so you get the most bang for your buck when you buy a series.
Stylist Hannah Ostby keeps her clients chic and relaxed, pairing face-framing haircuts with complimentary glasses of wine at Bella Bliss Salon. Equally adept at styling men's and women's hair, Hannah also gilds strands with highlights or boosts all-over color. Elsewhere in the salon, a team of nail technicians brightens hands with traditional manicures, long-lasting gel polish, and acrylic or solar nails.