The beauty mavens at GiGi Aveda Salon Spa continually uncover fresh trends and learning techniques to revitalize clients with Aveda's organic tonics. Classic spa facials begin with Aveda's Elemental Nature consultation, which helps skin therapists assess epidermal concerns before devising a customized course of treatment. Next, those immersed in the face-and-hand treatment submerge their rough palms and stiff finger puppets into a warm paraffin-wax bath. Technicians finish by trimming nails and cuticles and crowning newly supple mitts with bright OPI lacquer.
From the street, Spa Sass? 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.
The stylists and nail techs at Edge Instyle keep their clients looking put together and polished with cuts, color treatments, and mani-pedis. Waxing services whisk away unwanted body hair, whereas eyelash extensions add desirable length and flutter to lids or all-seeing third eyes. During treatments, complimentary beverages make visitors feel at home in this bright, clean salon.
Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.
About Face and More’s soothing confines invite guests to unwind with relaxing spa treatments. Custom-tailored sessions aim to pamper from crown to toe-crown, banishing stress with balancing facials, smoothing scrubs, and massages. This conscientious care extends to the products employed as well—the spa is dedicated to using environmentally safe and cruelty-free lines, such as organic, paraben-free GlyMed Plus skincare.
Pink and White Nail Salon helps guests see the world through colored glasses: magenta, bubblegum, rose, and cream stripes brighten its walls, and each of the salon’s manicure and pedicure stations offers a scenic view of the Willamette River's pink waters. This cheerful decor sets the stage for the citrus scrubs and massages with almond hydrating lotion that enhance the salon’s manicures and the espresso foot soaks and massages with buttercream frosting that augment its pedicures. In addition to bedecking women’s fingertips with Shellac and gel, the nail technicians soften men’s palms, so often callused from sword fighting, and treat tiny hands to chocolate-infused warm towels during kid-focused manicures. As clients arrive to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon, they can leave their cars with valets who park and retrieve them at no extra charge.