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.
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.
With nearly 40 years of combined experience, Escape Salon co-owners Angie Lara and Lisa Bair cut and style hair and beautify 'dos with color, perms, and conditioning treatments. Along with haircare, the salon also offers infrared-sauna sessions, a stress-relieving detox that can also help boost metabolism and promote weight loss.
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.
If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.