Ernest Brooks, doesn't just want his clients to look great. He also wants them to feel great because they're choosing to use organic beauty therapies. As the owner and master stylist at HairapyPDX Organic Salon, he has stocked his shelves with three different organic hair color lines (two for women, one for men) that are ammonia-free, and instead made using ingredients such as grape-seed extract, vitamin B5, and rice amino acid. The formulas also have UVA and UVB protection, which helps prevent color from fading or melting in the sun.
In that spirit, the aestheticians under Ernest's guidance use Eminence, a bio-dynamic Hungarian line harvested from fruits, vegetables, and herbs for what Ernest calls "farm-to-face skincare." Elsewhere in the spa, massage therapists perform shiatsu massages that target pressure points while helping to disperse the flow of energy throughout the body, and nail artists pamper hands and feet with soothing manicures and pedicures.
The stylists at More Pzazz boast an eclectic array of specialties—Noella Fisher, for example, focuses on dimensional color, whereas Bailey Barret expertly braids hair into interlocks, half backs, and corn rows. Those are just two of the many pros on the salon's team, and they all wield products from brands such as Redken and Pureology as they create custom hairdos. They share the space with aestheticians, who rejuvenate complexions with anti-aging facials, and manicurists, who brighten nails with a rainbow of colors.
Tropical Waves Salon evokes an island paradise, from the exotic plants and greenery throughout the space to its decor, which includes wicker furniture and oversized flip-flops that hang on the salon's sand-colored walls. The hairstylists can produce beach-ready looks, too, from gilded highlights to spiral perms. Tropical Waves also has skin and nail technicians on hand who offer pampering spa facials, swift hair removal, and mani-pedis complete with sea-salt exfoliation.
The online cigar mecca StogieBoys was established to breathe life—and smoke—back into America’s cigar culture. Its virtual shelves are stocked with more than 200 premium cigar brands that shoppers can buy individually, in pre-bundled packages, or in build-your-own samplers. The easy-to-navigate site also offers a well-rounded selection of stogies under $30 and special picks from NFL Hall of Fame running back and cigar enthusiast Thurman Thomas. The more than 1,200 accessories on offer include humidors, ashtrays, and torch lighters.
Raymond Bolton brings a wealth of international expertise to his salon Raymond Bolton Hair Design, LLC. Trained at Vidal Sassoon’s Advanced School in London, owner of a salon in the San Francisco Bay Area, and judge for major hairstyling competitions, Raymond knows hairstyling in and out. While his cache of awards speaks to his skill and dedication, his number one priority is to give his clients exactly what they want by listening to their needs. He is an expert in corrective hair color at L’Oreal, and cuts styles that range from classic bobs to trendy layers.
Jennifer Kersgaard has a passion for coloring hair, whether it's adding highlights, demi-permanent shades, or full colors. But Jennifer also knows that color can only shine if hair stays strong and healthy and if someone’s holding a lantern to it at all times. To ensure tresses stay strong, Jennifer uses imported, eco-friendly Italian color products with low ammonia levels, and applies deep-conditioning treatments. Of course, the stylist also cuts all types of hair, including curly hair, for which she holds a certification from Deva Curl.