Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
With a team of image experts on hand, including a medical doctor and a highly talented laser technician, the Picasso staff fashions faces and sculpts skin into individual aesthetic masterpieces. Like a champion gamer at an arcade, the certified skin-sage will aim a precision laser at stubbly scoundrels, zapping them until they gradually fade out of existence or more quarters are required. Most individuals need an average of three to five sessions to achieve an ideal level of bristle banishment, and patients are encouraged to work with the laser technician to determine the number that's right for them.
With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more 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 or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
At Volero Hair Salon, a certified Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, artistic director Victor Hugo and his team of stylists utilize their experience to keep locks healthy, lustrous, and vibrant. Surrender tangled tresses to a hair hero, who will unsheathe well-oiled scissor fingers and transform ill-mannered mop-tops into polite coiffures during a doting haircut. Then blondes can bring out their inner brunettes, and brunettes can bring out their inner Indigo Girls with a full coloring, which transforms lackluster locks with natural-looking pigment. While stylists clip and color, patrons can feed eyes on surrounding works from guest artists, or on their own reflections in the handcrafted mirrors.
The attentive staff at All About Skin PDX abolishes unwanted hairs and boosts body radiance during a flurry of noninvasive spa services. Licensed makeover mavens temporarily remove body fuzz with hot wax customized to suit different levels of skin sensitivity or send stubble packing permanently with pulses of laser light as focused as an eagle's digital camera. UV-free spray tans utilize an organic, 100% vegan solution registered with PETA, and microdermabrasion sessions help improve the look of epidermal sheathes by minimizing the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and outdated stonewashed pores.
Country Square Barber Shop's duo of deft, tuft-taming brothers mold masculine manes into clean-cut coiffures. During the personalized haircut, a skilled scissor smith trims head hedges, neatly clipping around ears and space antennae. Following the custom cut, clients may lounge atop comfy chairs amid the shop's rustic wooden walls and vintage décor, enjoying complimentary beer or scotch (when available and if the customer is of drinking age), which refreshes taste buds and can inspire clients to croon a rousing rendition of "99 Bottles of Hair Gel on the Wall."