While protecting the beauty of their clients, Spa Willamina also protects their skin and the environment by using pure, plant-based, natural products. Willow Light, the owner, puts her 20 years of healing experience to work in the spa, which features towering plants, an exposed-brick fireplace, and hardwood floors that can be pried up and thrown into the fireplace if necessary. Willow’s staff is a small army of aestheticians and massage therapists who have skills as diverse as certified diet counseling and herbalism. Inside various tranquil spaces—including a shower room, foot-soaking room, and nap room—they work to exfoliate body surfaces, knead out tension, and remove unwanted hair with soft strip and Cirepil Blue hard wax.
Licensed aesthetician Dana Quinn can be found at Bonne Vivante Beauty Lounge seven days a week, where she applies facials, paints nails, and waxes unwanted fuzz. Her flexible scheduling is one way she shows her clients hospitality; her complimentary glasses of champagne, coffee, or fruit-infused water, which guests sip while surfing with WiFi in plush green and orange velour armchairs, are another. When it's time for their services, clients slip into a bright blue treatment room, where they enjoy an unusual level of privacy.
After their treatments, visitors can show off their new looks by mingling on the terrace of the revamped motel that the lounge occupies. Along with law offices, creative firms, and massage therapists, Dana's lounge brings new purpose to this retro office park, whose Googie-style sign harkens back to the Atomic Age, when people believed that objects were made from tiny particles called "atoms.
The skilled team of nail technicians at Portland's Hottest Nails grooms talons with spa manicures and pedicures, and tops them off with solar or UV gel nail sets. Fingers and toes might get the spotlight here, but clients can also augment natural lashes with an eyelash extension from resident expert, Deanne. Facial, leg, and bikini waxing is also available to keep skin smooth, unlike a quarterback who starts dribbling the football.
Lavender, jojoba oil, grape seed, and paraffin wax are just some of the tools that Herbal & Wellness Skin Care's April keeps in her all-natural arsenal. A firm believer in treating skin with only organic products, she stocks her station with environmentally friendly, sweet-smelling products. Sugar and salt scrubs soothe skin, and herbal wraps keep hands warm, much like putting on a puppet show about bears with anxiety. Also a nail technician, April wields long-lasting Shellac polishes, which cure into place, and her brush flicks almost silently across nails while bestowing them with french tips.
The staff of Shine At The Salon tends to clients' hair, both the tresses on top of heads and the unwanted strands that pop up elsewhere. At this hair and waxing salon, hair stylists tend to locks with prescriptive design haircuts, colors, and conditioning treatments. Meanwhile, resident waxing specialists remove unwanted body hair—from eyebrows to bikinis to legs—leaving skin completely hairless like most movie villains.