Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Portland school channels its storied doctrines of style and techniques through a skilled squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. Under the close supervision of an experienced professor of pulchritude, Paul-Mitchell-student stylists perform a wide array of services, including creating cute cuts ($12–$19.95) and up-styles ($21.95–$29.95), finger-exercising facials (starting at $29.95), piggy-pampering pedicures ($13.95), and more. High-quality products by the one and only Paul Mitchell are for sale to take home, providing a souvenir of your first date with your new ’do or your last memory with your former face.
East Side and West Side Athletic Clubs offer pampering for all bodies, ages, and fitness types with facilities packed with swimming pools, racquetball courts, childcare centers, and cardio decks. Group fitness classes make use of the studio space and include high-energy Zumba or relaxing yoga, with water aerobics taking place in the indoor pool or the high-pressure showers. In addition to workout amenities, guests can take advantage of bountiful spa and relaxation services including massages, acupuncture, and a full-service hair salon. Each of the three locations has its own personality and offerings. See the full list for each location here.
Bob Shop Salon's experienced staff of professional pamperers has bolstered fading exteriors with a variety of time-tested and contemporary techniques for 85 years. Sore-shouldered patrons have a choice of five 60-minute massage styles—swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue sports, reflexology, or pregnancy—to soothe away inner-city stressors and leave physiques free of tension and sudoku-induced anxiety.
Despite her success as a salon owner and television makeup artist, Jennifer Stoloff left her native South Africa in 1982 for the States. Fortunately, the aesthetician’s talents weren’t just revered on the opposite side of the globe; she picked up right where she left off with the creation of her own skincare line and Jennifer’s Spa, located inside the Bob Shop Salon. Today, Jennifer offers clients a multitude of facials packed with soothing ingredients, such as goji berry, pomegranate, and red, green, and white teas. She has even devised a few specialty treatments, including a postsurgery service that soothes swelling and redness. Beyond pampering complexions, Jennifer also waxes limbs and bikini lines and sells her full line of original products, including scrubs, healing masks, and acne medications.
Beauty isn't just what clients seek at Hey Beautiful Salon and Spa; it's also what they see, since the space is lined with brick walls and antique accents. Within this striking setting, owner Kimberly Schoene—an established hairstylist who was featured on KOIN News—and her team of stylists cut, color, and style manes with organic Keune haircare products. In the adjoining spa, clients find treatments including Lumière LED light therapy, galvanic sessions, and foot detoxes. The nail area swirls with the scents of the 15 fragrances technicians use during mani-pedis, and the built-in blending bar provides all the necessary ingredients and tools for beauticians to personally mix body butters, massage oils, and batches of Flubber for clients.
An advocate of eco-friendly living, Schoene only fills the salon with organic, cruelty-free, and all-natural beauty products and eco-safe detergent. She donates hair clippings to both Matter Of Trust—a nonprofit that weaves hair mats to help soak up oil spills—and Locks of Love.
From the street, Spa Sassé is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.