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.
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.
On most days, Sarah Paulus finds herself surrounded by hair. She runs scissors through strands and cuts off unwanted length. She paints locks with hair dye or watercolors in blond, red, and brown shades that give manes extra pop. Sarah also braids, twists, and curls hair into updos for special occasions.
Before starting Olivia’s Skincare, Olivia worked as a certified medical assistant. Now, she uses her medical expertise to tackle tough skincare concerns. The aesthetician of more than 10 years specializes in treating hyperpigmentation, acne, and rosacea—she does so with a combination of natural skincare products from Pevonia and clinical solutions from Skin Script laced with powerful retinols and glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. Olivia also offers waxing services that use Cirepil waxes and peer pressure from already detached strands to quickly remove hair.
The only thing more gratifying than being complimented on one's hair is when the compliment is obviously sincere. Y-Chrome inspires obvious sincerity through the barbering abilities of its experienced hair-crafters. The expert head-shapers will treat your tresses with care either before or after you saddle up to one of the shop's pool tables or dartboards with a crisply purchased microbrew in your fist. A quality hair-snipping ($21 value) will add an extra ounce of jauntiness to your winter driving scarf as you turn down Great Hair Boulevard en route to the less fashionable and always serious I-405. After a cut in front of one of Y-Chrome's sports-broadcasting televisions, your jealous cheeks will go from gruff to smoochable with a hot-towel shave ($25 value) administered with professional diligence.