At 50th Avenue Salon, clients needn't twiddle their thumbs as they wait for color treatments to sink into their hair. Instead, they can recline in a massage chair for a soothing upper-body treatment, which is charged by the minute. The salon staff members encourage the mixing and matching of their respective services, enabling clients to depart the space fully confident and refreshed. Clients can pair cuts with temporary hair or feather extensions that add vibrant streaks without dye. Several of the stylists specialize in crafting boldly tinted dos; they don't shy from bright blonds, reds, and even purples. Nail technicians pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and private massages take place on a table or a thai mat, where the therapist guides physiques through soothing stretches.
Regardless of the reason for their appointment, clients remain surrounded by sunny, pastel yellow walls. Works by local artists decorate the space on a rotating basis, allowing new painters to showcase their talent and removing old pictures before they grow stale when chewed. Handcrafted bags and jewelry also hang in the boutique area, flanking shelves of Paul Mitchell, TIGI, and Aquage products available for purchase.
A scrub, steam, and hydrating mask all sound like the components of a relaxing facial. But at Bliss Salon & Day Spa, they're part of the spa pedicure, which the menu aptly describes as "a facial for your soles." The pedicure begins with an aromatherapy foot soak, then segues into cuticle care and an extensive massage. It's not the only service at the spa that combines different indulgences into one—a 90-minute Divine Bliss Luxury facial includes a foot massage, and an Aromatouch massage often mixes the calming scents of doTERRA essential oils with Reiki or other energy work.
Meanwhile, the stylists in the salon fashion hairdos to fit any lifestyle and help prepare for special events, such as weddings in which baseball caps aren't allowed. Though they can all expertly cut and color hair, they also have their own go-to specialties—lead stylist Amber Rae, for instance, is a maestro of color-correction and keratin smoothing treatments, and Skyi loves to work with curls. As they develop new looks in Bliss's boutique-like setting, the team utilizes products from Moroccanoil and Bumble and bumble.
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 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.
Ernest Brooks, doesn't just want his clients to look great. He also wants them to feel great because they're choosing to use organic beauty therapies. As the owner and master stylist at HairapyPDX Organic Salon, he has stocked his shelves with three different organic hair color lines (two for women, one for men) that are ammonia-free, and instead made using ingredients such as grape-seed extract, vitamin B5, and rice amino acid. The formulas also have UVA and UVB protection, which helps prevent color from fading or melting in the sun.
In that spirit, the aestheticians under Ernest's guidance use Eminence, a bio-dynamic Hungarian line harvested from fruits, vegetables, and herbs for what Ernest calls "farm-to-face skincare." Elsewhere in the spa, massage therapists perform shiatsu massages that target pressure points while helping to disperse the flow of energy throughout the body, and nail artists pamper hands and feet with soothing manicures and pedicures.
During your session at Vanity Junkie, one of the salon's friendly superstar stylists or aestheticians will tend to your every detail, equipped with professional products by brands including Redken, Pureology, Sexy Hair, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and Mineralogie makeup. Put your best face forward, preserving your worst face for more important times (such as Halloween), with a Youthfully Vain facial, which uses fresh herbs and fruit extracts to stimulate cell renewal, or an Overactive Gland facial that includes a Hungarian herbal mud mask to purify and soothe acne- and oil-ridden skin ($40–$100). Ear candling with a pressure-point massage ($65) removes pesky wax and noxious toxins from the ear canal by means of a painless, heat-generated vacuum, relieving head pressure and making Finnegans Wake on tape considerably easier to read. Landscape your head lawn with a well-fashioned follicle pruning (haircuts start at $20 for children, $25 for men, and $35 for women) or an all-over color ($65–$75) while weeding rogue hairs from other parts of your body with waxing ($12–$60). Put the finishing touches on your façade with a brow or lash tint ($20 each or $30 for both).
[[m:####Kathy Motter at Valerium Salon
Kathy Motter knows that a "good" haircut is much more than just looks. When the Wella-, Bumble and bumble–, and John Sahag–trained stylist tackles a hairstyle, she first garners an idea of her client’s lifestyle and commitment to daily styling. Once she’s ready, Kathy doesn’t hold back—she snips off strands and imbues locks with color designed not only to enhance the shine and dimension of hair but also to bring out the client’s eyes, enhance their skin tone, or divert attention from their different-sized ears.
Kathy works alongside a host of talented stylists at Valerium Salon, where espresso hues drench the floor and cream tones paint the walls. Inside the relaxing and comfortable space, Kathy can pluck from range of top products, including Bumble and bumble, Pureology, and Wella color.:m]]