For a self-described "mini medi spa," Lavish Medical Aesthetics & Day Spa has a pretty comprehensive roster of services. First there are the facials, which employ Dermalogica products, LED lamps, and microcurrent probes to tighten slack skin and tone complexions. For more thorough exfoliation, the center wields derma blades, microdermabrasion wands, and chemical peels. Then there are the nail services, which can include add-ons such as paraffin and long-lasting Shellac gel polish. The body gets its fair share of attention, too; after undergoing laser hair removal, electrolysis, or waxing, clients can indulge in a salt glow or a back facial that uses hot rocks imported from the sun’s cobblestone streets.
Melinda's Tanning Closet & Cruises4u eponymous aesthetician brings beauty and relaxation to her clients from her spot in the heart of the Pearl District in downtown Eugene. Her luxurious facials peel away dead and dull skin cells in an attempt to restore verve to tired mugs, while her specialty eye treatments aim to reduce puffiness around peepers. Melinda also performs Balinese rituals that use a blend of herbs and minerals to gently relax stressed bodies. Alternatively, waxing services remove hair and save clients time they used to waste shaving, plucking, or trying to delicately zap away strands with their light saber.
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.
Aesthetician Tara Popp of Sublime Aesthetics believes that both medical and holistic spa services have a place within the beauty spectrum. She uses a combination of the two to build custom skincare solutions for her clients. The menu of services includes facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing to create healthy, smooth skin. The customized facial begins with a skin analysis, followed by cellular exfoliation and extractions to remove any clogged pores or cicadas hibernating in the wrong place. A follow up scalp, neck, and shoulder massage leaves muscles refreshed.
For hairstyle inspiration, Edward King often looks to the people he sees everyday on the street—he says that living downtown helps him follow the changing trends. He takes those influences with him into A-List, where he works with professional-grade products from Davines and Moroccanoil to sculpt haircuts with strong definition. He also specializes in color, using it to create dimension in strands and complement cut shape.
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 once looked out onto buggy-to-buggy traffic. Modern updates include shelves stocked with Kevin Murphy haircare products, along with a buzzing staff that performs everything from facials to gel manicures.
Armed with prettifying potions from Kenra, Chi, and Matrix Biolage, Just Hair’s experienced stylists tame both manly manes and feminine plumage. Each haircut begins with an extensive consultation, as stylists quiz clients prior to picking up the scissors to ensure clearer communication, produce more delightful 'dos, and avoid disagreements over the proper height of a beehive. After shearing noggin-toppers into flattering face frames, stylists shape new cuts into a becoming style, giving clients confidence and verve. Deep-conditioning treatments leave strands silkier and smoother, while feather extensions add fluttering flair to flightless hair.