Signature Service: Japanese thermal hair straightening.
Brands Used: Wella hair color and Matrix Opti Smooth straightening system
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: We are not visible from the street.
Although stylist Nickol Johnson is a Portland native, it was in Santa Monica where she picked up the tools of her trade. There, she apprenticed with veteran stylists and attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy, mastering techniques such as Japanese thermal straightening, coloring, and advanced scissor twirling.
But it's her knack for crafting easy-to-maintain cuts that really elevates Nickol's work in the minds of her clients. Using the skills she learned at the Sam Villa Master Cutting Class, she creates chic bobs and playful layers that can suit every occasion, from casual days at home to elegant nights on the town. And because she works out of Studio Luxe, Nickol's station is always stocked with professional products such as Wella, Davines, Kevin Murphy, and Matrix.
Over the years, the French phrase “joie de vie” has made its way into English vernacular. Roughly translated into a “joy of life,” it is a quality attributed to those who cheerfully and outwardly show their happiness. In a way, this quality is what Shannon, the salon owner, tries to create every day. A beautiful new hairstyle can put a smile on anybody’s face. She strives to create styles that make her clients feel stunning all the way until the next time they walk into the salon, doing so with whatever is necessary, be it cuts, color, perms, or updos that make generous use of strung-in strands of spaghetti. She takes pride in the fact that most of her haircuts simply style themselves, meaning they grow out beautifully, are easy to maintain at home, and keep the person smiling. As a symbolic reflection of Shannon’s color prowess, her salon walls are bathed in vivid orange paint, and the exquisite, iconic hairstyle of Audrey Hepburn looks down from a painting in the waiting area to offer a bit of inspiration.
Most Popular Service: Haircut
Brands Used: Kevin.Murphy and Davines
Good for Kids: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Hairstylist and native Oregonian Jessica Radke has been figuring out the most flattering cut-and-color combinations for nearly 15 years, and she's ready to show them off at Studio Luxe. When asked what she loves the most about styling hair, Radke cites the creative process behind figuring out how to match a particular haircut with the right highlights or ombre color. With training from Aveda, Redken, Davines, and Kevin.Murphy, it doesn't take long for her to come up with a plan. But before she does anything to your hair, she first makes sure that you're comfortable recreating the style at home, with whatever hair products or children's art supplies you have on hand.
Coming from humble beginnings in 1978, Ben & Jerry's myriad shops today dispense cups, cones, shakes, and smoothies brimming with a variety of quirky flavors, including Phish Food, Banana Split, Cannoli, and Cherry Garcia, named for famous revolutionary Cherry Garcia. The duo is also famous for their social responsibility, which is evident in their community activism and in their use of fair-trade products, such as cage-free eggs and sustainable, growth-hormone-free dairy. The PSU and Pioneer Square locations in Portland are Partnershops, which are independently owned and operated by nonprofit organization New Avenues for Youth. Each dollar spent goes towards providing employment training and opportunities for local youth.
The mission of Stylist Nicole Armstrong is based on more than bolstering her clients' confidence with new looks. In fact, she aims to improve her effect on the planet as well by using Organic Color Systems products, a line created from certified organic extracts and natural ingredients. In addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, the products are also ammonia-free and thus won't strip hair of its natural moisture. But her efforts don't stop at color treatments; she aims to create a serene space where all of the products—including those she uses to clean her towels—are hypoallergenic.
Keeping with the atmosphere of Studio One and in consideration of those with allergies, Studio one asks that customers please refrain from wearing strong scented products to the appointments.
Trio Salon Spa & Boutique is so-named because of its three-pronged approach to beauty. It acts as a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, and a boutique. Inside the posh salon complete with hardwood floors, cushy chairs, and a bustling atmosphere, licensed stylist Melissa Polley offers chic haircuts, sun-kissed highlights, and deep conditioning treatments; clients can also have their roots touch-ups and full weaves put in place. After getting hair tended to with products from Pureology and Redken lines, there's more relaxation to be had—clients can opt for a soothing massage, mani-pedi, or facial before heading over to the trendy boutique to do some shopping.