It’s 2008 and Tobie Theis is thinking about her next move. For 15 years she’s been sharpening her hair- and nail-styling skills while working in a number of different salons. But, she wants the autonomy to fulfill her potential and make her vision for a salon real. Together with her husband Joe, the two set off to finally achieve a mutual lifelong dream: owning their own salon.
Since that bold step, Tobie has overseen the blossoming of Eden's Apple Salon & Day Spa into a full-service beauty oasis that offers everything from haircuts and extensions to massages and tanning. Within three months, Tobie and Joe had completely renovated the interior of the salon, filling it out with arched thresholds, shelves full of salon products, and a wall-sized mural of a beautiful woman. In time, her team also grew, now including eight hairstylists, two aestheticians, a licensed massage therapist, a nail technician, and the woman in the mural—whose large eyes can spot any aesthetic imperfections.
Born and educated in Sochi, Russia on the shores of the Black Sea, Tatiana Noble immigrated to the United States, where she studied to be a hair stylist at Vidal Sassoon in Seattle. After completing her education, Tatiana took up shop at Le Motive Salon, where she utilizes top-shelf products from René Furterer and Bumble and bumble to style and sculpt coiffures. Employing a suite of services, Noble has created a diverse portfolio ranging from luxurious finger waves and highlights to formal updos inspired by the a troll doll.
In the sumptuous confines of Glamour! Beauty. Body. Boutique., chandeliers glimmer above pink-and-white-striped walls, plump black sofas, and rose-colored armchairs. Marie Antoinette and her courtiers would look at home amid the salon’s ornate black scrollwork and pink satin.
From the salon walls, the framed visages of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe watch deft stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they snip and color clients’ locks to reflect classical dos or avant-garde trends. The team can also lengthen locks with hair or feather extensions and craft updos for formal occasions. In addition, the salon offers facials that use Bioelements products, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
Tropical Waves Salon evokes an island paradise, from the exotic plants and greenery throughout the space to its decor, which includes wicker furniture and oversized flip-flops that hang on the salon's sand-colored walls. The hairstylists can produce beach-ready looks, too, from gilded highlights to spiral perms. Tropical Waves also has skin and nail technicians on hand who offer pampering spa facials, swift hair removal, and mani-pedis complete with sea-salt exfoliation.
"Do you want to just cut hair or do you want to be a master stylist?" This is the question that JohnnyMatthew's Hairdressing Training Systems encourages students to ask themselves. The academy is an exclusively Paul Mitchell school piloted by two award-winning veterans of the industry, and they teach pupils who want to hone their craft. Students learn in classrooms and in the sun-flooded salon where they cut, color, and condition clients' dos.
Stylist Paula Miller has more than 15 years of hairstyling experience, which she puts to use cutting, conditioning, and coloring hair from a bright and airy booth inside Willamette Hair Studios. She also adds volume and texture to locks with updos and perms. Paula uses Vivitone, Colure True Color Care, Joico, and ISO haircare products, among others.