Hannah hails from Los Angeles, and Leigh from New York. Together, the experienced aestheticians bring their hometowns' best cosmetic products and nearly two decades of beauty-industry experience to their Portland space, LA/NY Skin. Tucked inside Prima Salon, the beauty haven surrounds clients in warm and comforting elegance. Walls drenched in mocha hues are offset by sparkly accents, including dangly beaded chandeliers and posters of Vanilla Ice. Within this softly lit oasis, the duo dispenses a range of beauty and skin services, from tanning to facials.
Using an organic and paraben-free solution, they customize airbrush tans to suit each client’s skin tone and desired level of bronze, hiding cellulite, freckles, and age spots in the process. At the makeup bar, they enhance features with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and pump up flutterers with mink lash extensions or waterproof lash dipping that lasts up to six weeks. A range of chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion treatments rejuvenate face and body, and the team enlists both hard and soft waxes to wisp away hair from brows, bikini areas, and heads after they lose a bet.
Salon owner and certified lash technician Beth Cates specializes in applying full sets of individual lash extensions. She performs both introductory and custom treatments, and also offers packages that include a year's worth of applications and touch-ups. Beth is also a licensed aesthetician, and can treat skin with everything from traditional European facials to Agera chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments that help reduce sun damage, acne spots, and face doodles from that aesthetician you recently had to stop going to.
Nail technicians at O Blu Nails and Spa attune every service to their clients' comfort and goals in a welcoming setting with cozy, contemporary décor. During Shellac manicures, a professional nail technician trims nails and doctors cuticles before blanketing fingertips in a mirror-like Shellac polish that lasts up to two weeks without chipping or sneaking off to visit toes. A 30-minute pedicure supplements standard nail and cuticle services with a quick hot-stone massage and a dip in paraffin wax to soften and smooth the skin. During the 45-minute signature deluxe facial, a skin analysis helps the aesthetician fashion a customized approach to match the client’s particular skin type and needs. Clouds of steam and a moisturizing mask cleanse and exfoliate the complexion, and a gentle face massage fosters circulation and relieved smiles.
Beauty enthusiast Amberleigh taps true eyelash potential with LashDip, a semipermanent mascara treatment that enhances the natural appearance of lashes. Lashes, which often clump together due to their penchant for eating honey, are individually separated and curled at the beginning of the LashDip session. Ocular wisps are then coated with a lash-darkening formula and given time to dry. The treatment locks eye roofs in a waterproof, sweatproof state for up to six weeks, saving time on makeup application and removal and leaving extra time on Friday nights for practicing zebra calls.
La Bellissima owner Martha Bianco invites clients into her spa sanctuary one by one, so she can focus completely on each personalized, boutique-style service. Each guest sips complimentary wine, filtered water, Starbucks coffee, or tea as they discuss their goals and preferences with Martha at a cozy wood table by the fireplace. When the in-depth consultation is finished, she escorts guests to one of two dedicated treatment spaces: a sleek black salon chair surrounded by regal purple curtains, or a pure, white spa bed layered with soft blankets and pillows. The client's choice of music plays in the background, and candles, salt lamps, and a softly trickling water fountain also help set a soothing mood.
In these luxurious surroundings, Martha performs services from classic haircuts and facials to hand-applied balayage highlights, volume eyelash extensions, and color treatments in wild hues. Broad front windows and skylights let sunlight stream into the second-floor space, casting a warm glow on guests' beautified faces and new 'dos. Martha's attentive, professional treatment extends beyond the appointment, too: she checks in regularly with her clients, and even sends cards on their birthdays.
Trio Salon Spa & Boutique is so-named because of its three-pronged approach to beauty. It acts as a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, and a boutique. Inside the posh salon complete with hardwood floors, cushy chairs, and a bustling atmosphere, licensed stylist Melissa Polley offers chic haircuts, sun-kissed highlights, and deep conditioning treatments; clients can also have their roots touch-ups and full weaves put in place. After getting hair tended to with products from Pureology and Redken lines, there's more relaxation to be had—clients can opt for a soothing massage, mani-pedi, or facial before heading over to the trendy boutique to do some shopping.