At Nails on First & Hair 2, patrons have their pick of more than just beautifying services such as highlights, gel manicures, and spray tanning. That's because the salon doubles as a boutique, selling purses, wallets, and greeting cards. This gives the neighborhood establishment a comfy vibe where patrons can gather to bring out their best appearances, shop for gifts, and compare red highlights with a 2010 shiraz. And they can also take comfort in the fact that the salon staff averages more than a decade of experience in their respective trades.
Le Charme Salon's central decor theme—chandeliers, both as wall decals and light fixtures—mirrors the staff's commitment to timeless sophistication. Stylists groom clients for special occasions with highlights, updos, and makeup on the salon floor, and aestheticians nourish skin amid orchid blossoms and a black-and-white Audrey Hepburn print in the private facial room. The indulgent facials draw on ingredients ranging from rose-petal extract and peppermint to chocolate truffles and maple syrup, creating a relaxing, aromatic experience without massaging warm chocolate-chip cookies into the skin.
Your spa session at Healthy Alternatives Detox & Natural Supplement Center begins with a 40-minute consultation ($40) from a certified naturopathic physician. Once the consultation has determined the condition of your soulsack through body-whispering and a series of mathematical riddles, you'll step into a NRG Works foot spa for a 40-minute detox treatment ($40). The foot spa uses gentle electric currents, negatively charged ionic fields, and other complicated scientific things to evict toxins, increase energy, calm emotions, and knit kaleidoscopically soothing sleep patterns. While your shoe-fillers soak up the serenity, you'll enjoy a cup of tea and a warm neck wrap. Clients will then burn up to 500 calories during a 40-minute infrared-sauna session, wherein the low-heat sauna rays massage stiff muscles and joints to relieve aches and pains, improve immune systems, spruce up skin, and sharpen senses for marathon games of real-life Whack-a-Mole. The consultation and the two treatments can be used over the course of three separate visits. Call to make an appointment.
Free Spirit Skincare owner Rene' Halstead started out as a nail technician before earning a master's certification through Creative Nail Design for acrylic application. The multitalented aesthetician and her award-winning team cleanse and nourish faces using Dermalogica products and fragrant essential oils, and transform 'dos with color, cuts, and weaves. Halstead is licensed in cosmetic and body tattooing, specializing in permanent-makeup application, and—having trained at the renowned Gauntlet body-jewelry mecca in San Francisco—is certified to pierce earlobes or navels while seated atop a skirted horse. She stays ahead of industry trends with ongoing education through the International Dermal Institute and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics.
At her station in Bella Salon, Michelle Schubert designs nail art that channels dexterous, detail-oriented skills that carry over from her personal hobbies of sewing and crafting. She customizes nail designs to suit her clients’ personalities and the special occasions for which they have their nails done, from weddings to ceremonial scratch-offs of winning lottery tickets. Beyond her ability to create these tiny masterpieces, Michelle also specializes in traditional manicures, pedicures, and services with Shellac polish, which resists chipping for up to two weeks.
According to Tan Down Under, some of the darkest, boldest tans in the Portland area were nurtured inside the salon's spacious premises. The business has more than 20 different tanning beds, meaning customers rarely have to wait in line to get their tan on. The shelves are stocked with high-quality Hoss lotions designed to aid the bronzing process. For sunless tanning, there's a ProSun Omega spray tan booth, which imparts a golden glow without requiring users to come into contact with UV rays or hateful hermit crabs at the beach. Also on the premises is Beauty Factory, a full-service hair and nail salon that offers everything from cuts and coloring to perms and updos.