While protecting the beauty of their clients, Spa Willamina also protects their skin and the environment by using pure, plant-based, natural products. Willow Light, the owner, puts her 20 years of healing experience to work in the spa, which features towering plants, an exposed-brick fireplace, and hardwood floors that can be pried up and thrown into the fireplace if necessary. Willow?s staff is a small army of aestheticians and massage therapists who have skills as diverse as certified diet counseling and herbalism. Inside various tranquil spaces?including a shower room, foot-soaking room, and nap room?they work to exfoliate body surfaces, knead out tension, and remove unwanted hair with soft strip and Cirepil Blue hard wax.
Licensed aesthetician Dana Quinn can be found at Bonne Vivante Beauty Lounge seven days a week, where she applies facials, paints nails, and waxes unwanted fuzz. Her flexible scheduling is one way she shows her clients hospitality; her complimentary glasses of champagne, coffee, or fruit-infused water, which guests sip while surfing with WiFi in plush green and orange velour armchairs, are another. When it's time for their services, clients slip into a bright blue treatment room, where they enjoy an unusual level of privacy.
After their treatments, visitors can show off their new looks by mingling on the terrace of the revamped motel that the lounge occupies. Along with law offices, creative firms, and massage therapists, Dana's lounge brings new purpose to this retro office park, whose Googie-style sign harkens back to the Atomic Age, when people believed that objects were made from tiny particles called "atoms.
Nail technicians at O Blu Nails and Spa attune every service to their clients' comfort and goals in a welcoming setting with cozy, contemporary décor. During Shellac manicures, a professional nail technician trims nails and doctors cuticles before blanketing fingertips in a mirror-like Shellac polish that lasts up to two weeks without chipping or sneaking off to visit toes. A 30-minute pedicure supplements standard nail and cuticle services with a quick hot-stone massage and a dip in paraffin wax to soften and smooth the skin. During the 45-minute signature deluxe facial, a skin analysis helps the aesthetician fashion a customized approach to match the client’s particular skin type and needs. Clouds of steam and a moisturizing mask cleanse and exfoliate the complexion, and a gentle face massage fosters circulation and relieved smiles.
Sparkle Beauty Bar houses a drove of skilled, independent stylists who specialize in coiffure reconstruction, hostile-hair removal, and cuticle-calming services. Ladies can opt for a haircut that artfully crafts forehead drapery to frame their unique facial features ($40) or bedazzle their digits with an express manicure that includes cuticle coddling, a hand and arm massage, and nail polishing ($20). Whisk away bothersome back fuzz before it gets caught in low-flying plane propellers with a back and shoulder wax ($30+), or hydrate a famished façade with a moisturizing express facial, suitable for men, women, fun uncles, and funcles ($35). Click here to view Sparkle's full list of salon services and prices, which may vary slightly by stylist.
The skilled nail technicians at Portland's Hottest Nails groom talons with spa manicures and pedicures, and top them off with solar or UV gel nail sets. Fingers and toes might get the spotlight here, but clients will also find a number of other beautifying services. These include eyelash extensions, as well as facial, leg, and bikini waxing.
An independent lab of fragrance alchemy, Escential Lotions and Oils spritzes and daubs scent-seekers with essential oils and coordinating bath and body potions. Long-lasting, botanically based, alcohol-free essential oils ($8+) include intensely floral Bulgarian lavender and cool, soothing eucalyptus, said to ward off insects, stuffy noses, and the koala-allergic. Aromatherapy oil blends ($14 per 0.25 oz.) channel such disparate emotions as Broken Heart and Euphoria. Signature scents ($8 per 0.25 oz.; $15 per 0.5 oz.) such as Hot Peach Pie blend into lotion, shampoo, and body wash for a synchronized shower regimen. Ready-to-customize unscented products include a vitamin A, D, and E lotion ($9 per 8 oz.; $15 per 16 oz.) and a coconut-oil-based body wash ($5 per 4 oz.) with exfoliating ground walnut shells to scrub off fossilized temporary tattoos.