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.
P'zazz Salon's slate of skilled stylists nourishes strands and sculpts sophisticated styles for men, women, and children. Hair dehydrated from overprocessing or frequently mistaking the blow dryer for an umbrella will regain missing moisture with an intensive-conditioning treatment before scissor whisperers tailor errant ends. After locks are dried, expert tress technicians shape and style hair nests into ravishing new 'dos ideal for turning heads and satisfying nagging hairbrushes.
Not only has Matt Peter performed more than 30,000 laser treatments over the course of his career, he has also trained under some of the pioneers in the field. Matt leads the operations at Strokes of Beauty, a cosmetic laser clinic that gives clients respite from spider veins, pigmented blemishes, wrinkles, and unwanted body hair. The technicians here can safely treat an array of imperfections on the full spectrum of human skin tones and hair colors, and clients are granted with a satisfying laser experience that yields quick results and long-term efficacy. Matt stays on top of current laser-medicine trends by regularly attending continuing-education seminars and training sessions throughout the year.
Having trimmed and fashioned hair for seven years, Nikki Johansen knows the importance of personal touches. Every client to sit in her chair receives a scalp massage with his or her shampoo and conditioning treatment, as well as tips for re-creating the new 'dos at home. Nikki specializes in shorter cuts with meticulous detailing, and her training covers treatments from perms to keratin smoothing procedures. She also dyes locks in bold colors, positions foils for flattering highlights, and invents special styles for occasions, such as glamorous updos for bridesmaids complete with extra arms for bouquet catching.
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.