Wax Loft?owner Carissa has been dubbed the "trifecta of waxers"?she's quick, clean, and talkative. Her goal, along with her partner Audra, is to render clients' skin smooth-to-the-touch with a careful and focused technique, but she cites her sense of humor and likable demeanor as traits that help her clients relax with the faith that she'll leave their intended areas as smooth as a baby's silk pajamas. Working alongside an Aveda Institute graduate who shares the talent for creating a warm and comfortable space, Carissa and Audra offer face, body, and bikini waxes with equal parts precision and personality, as well as brow and lash tinting to put the finishing touches on each client's look.
Whether she is soothing skin with facials, shaping brows with waxing services, or applying makeup for a special occasion, Meshelle Harris of Trés Belle Vous, located in Sunflower Salon, makes sure her clients feel pampered. Facial treatments, which are specially designed to combat dryness, acne, or aging combine relaxing steam and hot towels with advanced products from Botanical Science, which are also available for purchase. Other services include chemical peels and back treatments, which apply the principles of facials to backs, allowing ambitious spines to imagine themselves as windows to the soul.
The stylists and nail techs at Edge Instyle keep their clients looking put together and polished with cuts, color treatments, and mani-pedis. Waxing services whisk away unwanted body hair, whereas eyelash extensions add desirable length and flutter to lids or all-seeing third eyes. During treatments, complimentary beverages make visitors feel at home in this bright, clean salon.
The Beauty Room appears in clients’ homes or offices after licensed aesthetician and nail technician Julie Wobbe sets up her treatment table. Whether she treats them in their own space or out of her space inside of Harlow Boutique Salon, Wobbe eases clients into relaxation during treatments such as facials, manicures, peels, microdermabrasion, airbrush tans, and waxing. Wobbe’s treatments are the result of years of experience: she has tested several techniques and products to find the most effective combinations.
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.
Some dream of dancing in front a packed audience at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York—but for Brandie Mannon, her dreams have always been the stuff of blow dryers and cat walks. Entranced with hair styling and fashion design at a young age, Brandie devoted herself to the craft. She attended the International Beauty School and later sharpened her skills at Salon Belle Epoque and on-going seminars. Today, Brandie brings her expertise to A-List Hair Studio, where she uncovers each client's style and personality to determine the most flattering look. And while the cuts and hues may differ, Brandie ensures each style proves easy to maintain at home or while standing in a wind tunnel.
The salon itself sits within the historic Gadsby Building in Portland's Pearl District. A former warehouse, the space has been meticulously renovated to retain its vintage flair through exposed brick walls and windows that look out onto buggy-to-buggy traffic in 1906. Modern updates include shelves stocked with Kevin Murphy and Davines haircare products, along with a buzzing staff that performs everything from facials to gel manicures.