At The Strand at Sola Salons, the deft and generous fingers of stylists Abby and Michele attend to scalps with relaxing, massaging movements. This supplemental courtesy, which accommodates every haircut, evidences the duo’s commitment to client satisfaction. Abby and Michele don’t just rush through services; rather, they take time to listen to clients before administering signature cuts, colorings, or keratin smoothing treatments. In this way, they not only achieve unique and classic styles—they also generate good karma with clients so they can form long-term relationships and eventually be reincarnated in the form of well-groomed poodles.
Within A New You Salon and Spa's 1,200-square-foot studio, aestheticians employ organic products and gentle waxes to oust unwanted hair and refine complexions. Five stylists man haircutting stations in the main salon area, and a warren of private treatment rooms allows aestheticians to cleanse pores with organic ingredients or wax away unwanted hair in privacy. During waxing services, staff members cut down on discomfort by using numbing antiseptics, gentle lavender or zinc waxes, and a promise of monthly postcards to suddenly lonesome hairs as they de-fuzz bodies.
Andrea Nasholm’s dream as a 5-year-old to one day work in the beauty industry came to fruition when she graduated from A’Art College of Beauty in 2000. Now an experienced nail technician, Andrea files digits and covers them in regular, glitter, and Shellac polishes. Her passion is creating the perfect pedicure, which includes a mask, scrub, and two rounds of "This Little Piggy."
Free Spirit Skincare owner Rene' Halstead started out as a nail technician before earning a master's certification through Creative Nail Design for acrylic application. The multitalented aesthetician and her award-winning team cleanse and nourish faces using Dermalogica products and fragrant essential oils, and transform 'dos with color, cuts, and weaves. Halstead is licensed in cosmetic and body tattooing, specializing in permanent-makeup application, and—having trained at the renowned Gauntlet body-jewelry mecca in San Francisco—is certified to pierce earlobes or navels while seated atop a skirted horse. She stays ahead of industry trends with ongoing education through the International Dermal Institute and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics.
Amid the whirl of scissors, blow-dryers, and curling irons inside Third Avenue Hair Studio, Vicki sets up a skin-pampering sanctuary. She slathers seaweed, chamomile, and marine-algae mineral wraps across bodies, which aim to slough off dead skin cells and unearth a glow usually seen in freshly waxed cars filled to the brim with fireflies. Her facials help evict acne and soften fine lines using clay masks and deep cleansers.
Donna Harris, owner of Oregon's Grand SalonSpa, has more than 10 years of experience as an esthetician. She specializes in permanent makeup and anti-aging facial treatments such as ultra sonic microdermabrasion. At Oregon's Grand SalonSpa, Donna and her team pamper clients with a range of spa services that include hot stone massage, Shellac manicures, and eyebrow waxing. The boutique day spa has appeared on Good Day Oregon, AM Northwest, and the Better Show.