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.
Melissa Lydell turns outdated or overgrown hairdos into healthy, well-coifed masterpieces inside of Mar-Don Hair Fashions. With a steady hand and keen eye, Lydell clips and trims each strand until they fall together at a length and cut that accentuates the client’s face and personal style. She also offers deep-conditioning treatments as well as highlights that infuse each head of hair with a fashionable, youthful personality.
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.
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.
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.
Sport Clips specializes in creating a just-for-the-dudes atmosphere that’s tailor made to tickle the Y chromosome. "Men's women" stylists futz with the follicles of men and boys in a sport-themed environment decorated in a bold black, white, and red color scheme—evoking racing flags, professional sports teams, and jokes about newspapers. Your MVP haircut begins with a consultation about the look you want, followed by the precision haircut itself. Your guy-savvy stylist will then dole out a delightful scalp massage with Tea Tree shampoo. After a dollop of leave-in conditioner, you'll get to savor the warmth of a barbershop-style steamed towel and feel sports-related frustration melt away during an upper neck and shoulder massage. In between haircuts, you can come in anytime and get the back of your neck cleaned up for free, since unsightly neck stubble is known to attract the unwanted attention of poltergeists, sandworms, and debt collectors.