Owner Norma Kahl and licensed aestheticians Alana, Angela, and Dima, promote beautiful complexions through medical-grade skincare treatments within a welcoming aesthetic laser center. Silky Skin Laser Centers’ team uses the latest in skincare technology, including prime laser hair-removal and cooling systems Cynosure Elite Aesthetic workstation and SmartCool 6. Along with laser hair removal and laser weaponry seminars, skincare treatments range from laser vein removal and laser facial treatments to microdermabrasion facials and chemical peels.
LunchBOX (A Waxing Salon) can have you swimsuit ready in only 15 minutes. That's all it takes for the salon's expert "waxologists" to perform a full Brazilian wax, a service that commonly takes twice as long. Using a three-step process known as "speed waxing," the LunchBOX team swiftly de-fuzzes clients from brows to bottom?and everywhere in-between?leaving skin softer and smoother far longer than other hair removal methods such as shaving or vacuuming.
Misti, a certified aesthetician, specializes in airbrush spray tans. She touts the service as an efficient, safe alternative to sun tanning, which is both time-consuming and hazardous to the skin. Whether gilding beach-goers, bridal parties, or little-league trophies, she makes sure that each tan looks even and natural. To further enhance beauty, Misti offers treatments for the complexion, body, and nails at her post within Untangled Salon.
The brains behind the beauty-focused Opaline Spa is Laura, an Aveda-trained aesthetician and professional make-up artist. Inside her calming oasis, Laura pampers and beautifies clients with everything from facials to makeup lessons to brow and lash tinting. One thing she never uses: chemicals. Laura searched far and wide to find beauty products that favor natural ingredients, all of which are free of fragrances, parabens, petroleum, and magic mirror dust. These skin-friendly products are incorporated into everything from organic facials to exfoliating lip treatments. Even the hair removal sessions at Opaline Spa are organic—instead of wax, Laura uses a sugaring formula that is gentler on sensitive skin and may help to prevent ingrown hairs.
As an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience and a former chemist with Christian Dior, Helene Lawless knows a thing or two about skincare. The French native opened Be Smooth after growing tired of lengthy spa visits that left a dent in her own wallet. She decided to offer affordable treatments with products and equipment that she has found to be effective over her years as an aesthetician and spa-goer. As a result, she and her team nourish skin using the with organic plant extracts in the Pevonia Botanica line, natural Nuxe products, and Shea Terra Organics with fair-trade shea butters and argan oils. Lawless has also tracked down innovative aesthetic techniques such as VIP Complex's infrared and microcurrent treatments, IPL photofacials with light heat energy (LHE), and hair removal with the gel-based Depilar System.
Lawless prides herself not only on the budget-friendliness of her services, but also on the unintimidating “non-spa” ambience of her beauty haven. Guests relax at a white-on-white facial bar for a deep cleansing, and a boutique area offers European-style gifts such as fragrant Aquiesse soy candles and jewelry by Miravidi and Caracol. According to a 2011 article in the Oregonian, "even the music that can be heard from the front door is French." Just as charming is Lawless' French accent, which, like a lullaby sung by a lemur, is both soothing and exotic.
A scrub, steam, and hydrating mask all sound like the components of a relaxing facial. But at Bliss Salon & Day Spa, they're part of the spa pedicure, which the menu aptly describes as "a facial for your soles." The pedicure begins with an aromatherapy foot soak, then segues into cuticle care and an extensive massage. It's not the only service at the spa that combines different indulgences into one—a 90-minute Divine Bliss Luxury facial includes a foot massage, and an Aromatouch massage often mixes the calming scents of doTERRA essential oils with Reiki or other energy work.
Meanwhile, the stylists in the salon fashion hairdos to fit any lifestyle and help prepare for special events, such as weddings in which baseball caps aren't allowed. Though they can all expertly cut and color hair, they also have their own go-to specialties—lead stylist Amber Rae, for instance, is a maestro of color-correction and keratin smoothing treatments, and Skyi loves to work with curls. As they develop new looks in Bliss's boutique-like setting, the team utilizes products from Moroccanoil and Bumble and bumble.