Amanda Brimhall is one of several experienced hair sculptors at Lush Hair Cocktails who holds the title of premier stylist. Like all of the salon's stylists she holds multiple hair-care certifications. She and the rest of the team perform a range of styling services for men, women, and children, all while cultivating a high-end salon experience.
They prepare clients for each cut or style with a personalized consultation, and then launch into a full shampoo and a luxurious head massage using their bare hands rather than jewel-encrusted gloves. Armed with products from Italian hair-care line Alfaparf Milano, they then add sheen to tresses with glazing, full highlights, coloring, and other services.
Bronze Planet Tanning Studio boasts an expansive selection of tanning equipment, which is perhaps why Statesman Journal readers voted the salon Best of the Mid-Valley in 2011 and 2012. The spectrum of beds includes high-pressure models designed to minimize exposure to UVB rays, which, like swearing off swimming in hot lava, can lessen the chance of getting burned. Beyond UV beds, Bronze Planet also touts a trio of Mystic Tan MyMyst booths, with MagneTan technology that evenly coats skin with streak-free color; Skin rejuvenating red, yellow and blue light therapy helps make your skin look and feel beautiful; and hydro-massage beds that radiate warmth deep into muscles.
With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
In the space formerly occupied by The Chop Shop, new owner Jim Schmaltz channels classic barber techniques to cultivate sharp, face-flattering cuts. Jim's old-school barbers are also highly trained in hair coloring, lather shaves, and beard braiding.
Salon Paradise Owner Kim Lewis has devoted her professional life to infusing her clients with a boost of confidence and beauty, spending nearly a quarter of a century in the hair industry and leasing a station at Classic Touch Hair Salon in Keizer Plaza. Today, Kim Lewis owns the salon itself—now Salon Paradise—where stylists and technicians sculpt hair, shape toes and fingertips, and wax skin to a smooth silkiness with a touch of pampered luxury. “There’s a lot of therapy that goes into a pedicure,” Lewis told the Keizertimes. “The massages alone are 10 to 15 minutes.” Lewis applies this full-service ethic to each treatment in the unisex salon’s repertoire, from hair feathering to deep-relaxation hot-stone massages.
As visitors enter the temple to tranquility, a verdant collection of potted flowers and leafy ornamental plants evokes the atmosphere of a distant tropical vacation spot or geographically adjacent greenhouse. Complementary scalp massages cherry top each haircut, and brow waxing, shellac manicures, and antifrizz hair-smoothing treatments produce glamorous makeovers.
The trio of owners behind Pamper Me Massage & Day Spa each contribute something unique to their business: Gary Lindquist is the financial backer, Daniel Lindquist is the promoter and go-to guy, and Eva Fleck is the face of the company. Their team of skilled specialists comes in three parts as well, much like a short fantasy novel adapted into an extremely long film series. Their nail tech pampers hands and feet with mani-pedis, acrylic nails, and hand-painted nail art. The aesthetician purifies pores with facials, body wraps, and sauna sessions, and tints exteriors with airbrush tanning and prune unwanted fuzz with wax. For full-on relaxation, the massage therapist plies bodies with techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, hot stone, and prenatal.