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.
Customers can commence their visit to Lavish Salon & Spa by sipping a complimentary glass of wine or steamy tea while lounging in a handsome sitting room bedecked with a flickering fireplace. The Pure and Simple facial serves up a short and sweet second course of luxury, featuring 30 minutes of cleansing, exfoliation, massage, hydration, and more ($45+). Waxing treatments for areas including the chin ($15) and basic bikini line ($30) seek to unseat stubborn strands using warmed glamour-goo and copious Karate Kid references. The Brazilian wax, named after famed hair-eradicator Bartleby Brazil, is designed to whisk away weeks’ worth of mid-body bristles in fewer than 45 minutes, leaving those treated with ample time to pluck what is ripe from the metaphoric watermelon tree ($55).
Experienced nail artist Jillian Horman works on her clients’ nails from her station inside Caramel Beauty International, filing and painting nails and pampering hands and feet until they glow with health. She offers CND shellac nails along with her spa manicures and pedicures.
“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.
The technicians at Angel Nails revive fingers and toes with manicures, pedicures, and shellac treatments, but the full scale of their services is too large to be contained by the company’s name. In addition to nailcare, the attentive staff offers permanent-makeup tattoos and dresses up faces with eyelash extensions and eyebrow- and eyelash-tinting services. The staff also helps clients shed unwanted body hair with waxing services.