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 Lumi?re 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.
The online cigar mecca StogieBoys was established to breathe life—and smoke—back into America’s cigar culture. Its virtual shelves are stocked with more than 200 premium cigar brands that shoppers can buy individually, in pre-bundled packages, or in build-your-own samplers. The easy-to-navigate site also offers a well-rounded selection of stogies under $30 and special picks from NFL Hall of Fame running back and cigar enthusiast Thurman Thomas. The more than 1,200 accessories on offer include humidors, ashtrays, and torch lighters.
Chariets Salon & Spa owners Keri and Jami became fast friends in beauty school while apprenticing together at the elbows of some of the industry’s leading names. After graduating, the newly anointed stylists found themselves serving as independent contractors at The Bob Shop. Over martinis one night, they fatefully decided to found Chariets Salon & Spa, a name inspired by the Greek goddess of joy, charm, beauty, and martini bars.
Between the corner salon’s baby-blue walls, Keri and Jami compose color services, precision cuts, and keratin treatments, spritzing heads with Sebastian and Aquage products. Each of their shears’ deft movements are reflected in the salon’s glossy, dark-hardwood floor, simulating the experience of being a spoon that’s hovering over a large cup of coffee.
Named one of Lucky magazine's Best Blowout Bars in the Country, Portland's only blow-dry bar leaves the scissors to the salons and instead focuses on its clients' everyday styling needs. Seven days a week, stylists stand ready with blow dryers and round brushes in hand to prep clients for big dates, special occasions, work meetings, or trips to the area's most exclusive hardware stores. Blowout services include a wash, blow-dry, and one of six signature styles, such as soft loose curls or a half updo. To create a one-of-a-kind look, the staff at Blowout, a Blow Dry Bar, also can add temporary streaks of color or braid hair, and makeup artists can freshen up lips and lashes for a quick makeover on the go.