Under state law, Portland's metropolitan area cannot extend beyond a designated urban-growth boundary. This prevents expansion into local farms and forestlands, and it forces the city’s planners to devise innovative ways to accommodate the growing population. In the absence of new roads and buildings, businesses oftentimes must take over and remodel preexisting buildings within the city's core. Portland spas and salons uniquely embody this type of reinvention. After all, they help people makeover their looks every day.
The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa embraces Portland’s spirit of reinvention. In addition to its soothing massages and cosmetic services, the spa helps guide people toward healthier lifestyles with three- and six-month health coaching programs. A team of personal coaches breaks down health goals into manageable steps to achieve real success in a short period of time.
If you’re having a hair emergency in Portland, there’s no need to fear—you're probably within walking distance of one of Dosha Salon Spa's three Portland locations. The salon’s flagship in Northwest Portland is a three-story glass building with floor-to-ceiling views that overlook trendy Nob Hill. These views make the perfect backdrop for spa days that treat guests to hours of massages, manicures, and styling services.
Given Portland’s perennially rainy weather, you can’t blame locals for daydreaming about tropical resorts and sunny beaches. Kanani Pearl offers the next best thing. The spa’s staff employs Hawaiian techniques in their relaxing hot-stone massages and body treatments. In fact, many of their services actually incorporate tropical ingredients such as volcanic clay.
Portlanders are never afraid to interrogate social norms, which has led some spa owners to ask this question: why not just focus on one service and strive to do it incredibly well? That's the philosophy behind Urban Waxx, where aestheticians put all of their energies into removing unwanted hair from the face and body. Urban Wax's narrow focus seems to have paid off. They now have two locations in Portland and perform close to 20,000 Brazilian waxes every year.
For a more comprehensive makeover, head to Portland's scenic waterfront, where you'll find Portland Spa and Boutique. Here, technicians administer med-spa treatments that range from laser hair removal to Skin 360—a custom laser-treatment program that works to reduce wrinkles and improve skin’s texture and tone.
Another example of Portland’s charming eccentricity can be found at Sit Still, which caters exclusively to youngsters. A Portland mother owns and operates the kiddie spa, and she has filled the menu with services that range from haircuts to age-appropriate makeup applications. Just as importantly, the spa’s various toys, books, and TVs ensure that kids sit still throughout their visits.
Whether people have only a few minutes to spare or the entire day off, great deals on ways to relax in Portland are all around.