Stephanie Harris has bedazzled lots of digits over the past 15 years. Drawing on this vast well of experience, she wields paraffin wax, salt scrubs, and colorful polish to leave hands elegant enough that a zookeeper will quit being so high and mighty about what cages to keep them out of. This background also helps her festoon nails with durable acrylics or art such as polka dots and swirls.
Ultimate treats guests to stress-dissolving and beauty-boosting treatments with a range of spa services. As knobby-muscled clients lay stress on a thickly cushioned bed, a licensed massage therapist releases restlessness with either therapeutic or deep-tissue techniques, depending on individual needs. Slow strokes and firm finger force convince contracted muscles to morph their pesky pretzely knots into soft Silly Putty spheroids. During the mani-pedi fingers and toes get groomed, pampered, and brushed with any OPI nail color of choice. During daylight hours, soft light effuses through the massage studio's shaded tall windows, warming the rosy walls with a red-wine blush. Salon-goers can book the services back-to-back or prolong pampering with two separate sessions.
Esprés Nails and Spa’s massage therapists melt away tension using Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, prenatal, shiatsu, foot-massage or reiki techniques. Spagoers who choose the first option feel smooth, flowing strokes sweep over tense feet, relaxing tendons drawn taut after too many games of beach racquetball. 20-minute detoxifying ionic foot baths then soothe feet when negative ions dive into warm water and lie in wait under the waves to drag toxins out of toes.
Between each plush pedicure chair at Fresh Nails & Spa stands a translucent screen, giving clients just enough privacy to relax during a pampering nail treatment. The staff’s goal is to create an atmosphere that’s just as peaceful for everyone who visits the spa, whether they seek manicures, acrylic sets, or shellac polish, which resists chips for up to two weeks or 14 scratch-fights with a honey badger. They also specialize in threading, which they use to shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair.
Under the peaked roof of Custom Exteriors Salon's homey hair cottage, stylists craft signature manes that accentuate each client's face, style, and astrological sign. A slew of some of the industry's more recognizable products such as Redken, TIGI, and Paul Mitchell assist in their repertoire of hair services, which include cuts for men, women, and children alongside color treatments and facial waxing. A pleasing balance of natural and strategic spot lighting illuminate the salon's serene green interior that's accented with minimalist white styling stations.
Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.