Andrea Nasholm?s dream as a 5-year-old to one day work in the beauty industry came to fruition when she graduated from A?Art College of Beauty in 2000. Now an experienced nail technician, Andrea files digits and covers them in regular, glitter, and Shellac polishes. Her passion is creating the perfect pedicure, which includes a mask, scrub, and two rounds of "This Little Piggy."
Framed by a bold façade of magenta and eggshell white , Le Pink Boutique’s store windows draw in visitors with their extravagant displays of chic, seasonal clothing, swimwear, and jewelry. Like the mesmerizing courtship dance of the lophorina superba, the bustling shop’s exotic decor fascinates passersby with a flurry of feathers and color. Chandeliers cast showers of light through crystal prisms upon walls striped in pink and cream, an antique golden loveseat, and jungles of slender candles and snaky black feather boas. Nestled among the mirrors with gilded frames and strewn-about roses, chunky jewelry and twirly summer dresses hint at adorable outfits to come, and mannequins flaunt saucy lingerie ensembles.
Summer, the cosmetologist at Advanced Face & Body Day Spa, has 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She’s certified in both laser hair-removal and permanent makeup and can apply the permanent pigment to the eyes, lips, or eyebrows in less than an hour. Summer also offers mink or silk eyelash extensions and herbal facials that cleanse and polish skin, restoring its natural, metallic sheen.
To combat dull hair, Heather Hamilton recommends lime juice. Dousing hair with a couple teaspoons can help fight off dandruff and enhance shine. Inside The Grapevine Salon, Heather dispenses hair care recommendations like this one, chatting openly with clients as she performs trims, blowouts, and Pravana color treatments. In fact, she's a certified Pravana hair-color specialist, and regularly attends continuing-education events through the business's program. Its formulas are infused with keratin amino acids and silk proteins, which Heather likes for their ability to soften and strengthen hair, even coarser grays.
Keeping the lines of communication open is important to Heather, who feels it's the best way to keep clients happy. She further cultivates a dialogue by encouraging clients to bring in pieces of inspiration such as photos of well-known celebrities or well-sculpted topiaries.
Oregon Nails’s focus may be on the fingers and toes, but the salon takes indulgence way beyond the digits. For an example, look no further than the deluxe pedicure—a two-stage sea salt scrub, hydro mask, hot stone massage, and warm towel application are included in the package along with traditional nail care. Oregon Nails offers everything from acrylic to solar and gelish nails. And beyond their core nail services, they render waxing and moisturizing facials, often favored by dogs after a long day of sniffing sandpaper.
“We don’t take shortcuts,” quipped Red Carpet Nails owner Sydney Le to the Portland Oregonian to explain how her nail salon differs from its competition. She isn't lying—at the intimate boutique, Le and her experienced team of technicians perform thorough consultations before even beginning one of their signature treatments. Each service uses only vegan, organic, and natural products including Plantlife bodycare formulas blended from organic herbs and essential oils.
Clients get their choice of a beverage before nail techs get to work. In the salon's private treatment rooms, aestheticians clean skin by purging pores during four different facials, including those that cater to oft-neglected areas such as the back or décolletage. Aestheticians also can remove unwanted hair with more than 20 waxing services for the legs, bikini line, and pesky angel wings sprouting from the back.