Signature Service: Deep-tissue massage and treatment of injuries
Products Used: Vegan only
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: All bodies and all genders are welcome.
At Venus Allure Salon and Spa, light streams in through two-story windows and fills an open, industrial-inspired space dotted with black spa chairs and dark-rimmed mirrors. From the balcony, you can watch stylists bustle over heads of hair, snipping off split ends or smoothing down unruly curls with the aid of Goldwell, Nioxin, and DevaCurl products. In other parts of the salon, nail technicians juggle more than seven dozen gel-polish colors, occasionally all at once, and aestheticians dress faces with Dermalogica products during services that range from hydrating facials to sea-mud body wraps.
Portland Natural Medicine's experts in holistic wellness work closely with patients to root out the underlying causes of illness and discomfort, employing time-tested and modern methods with the goal of rebalancing body and mind. A 90-minute treatment begins with a review of intake forms and medical history, establishing a solid foundation for the physical evaluation. At this point the naturopathic doctor examines the body for symptoms of system imbalance, aches, and phantom tail trauma. Based on these findings and an in-depth discussion about lifestyle, clients receive a customized treatment plan that may encompass diet and supplement recommendations, stress management methods, herbal medicine, and homeopathic remedies.
For spa owner and Aveda-trained cosmetologist Jenica Zimmer, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why she only stocks organic and environmentally friendly products such as Davines, a haircare line that adopted a carbon-neutral policy for its serums. The care that goes into selecting these products is echoed by the treatments themselves, with stylists trimming hair or selecting colors to flatter clients’ features.
Back in the spa area, aestheticians can be found brightening and smoothing complexions with botanical-based treatments, including a papaya-and-pineapple mask. The skincare specialists also customize facials to address each client’s skin type and apply makeup for special events or dance performances. In addition to removing hair from the usual places—such as eyebrows and bikini lines—they concentrate on oft-ignored areas including ears, noses, and second noses.
2011 marks my 13 th year being self employed and loving it! My clients return and refer friends and family members. I have treated people for injuries sustained in car accidents and they will return to become regulars to maintain healthy self care regimens. I love my job and the city of Portland!
Experienced nail artist Jillian Horman works on her clients’ nails from her station inside Caramel Beauty International, filing and painting nails and pampering hands and feet until they glow with health. She offers CND shellac nails along with her spa manicures and pedicures.