Beyond ensuring that each hand and foot they touch is left soft and elegant, the nail technicians at Divines Destiny Spa also foster a passion for their clients' health. That's why they use pipeless pedicure bowls that are rinsed and refilled with a botanical-infused soak for every client, effectively avoiding the nail fungi and 1980s dance moves that can spread from foot to foot in less sanitation-minded salons. Guests can also savor a glass of wine as they select a color from the spa?s nail-polish collection, which was handpicked by Divines clients.
Lavender, jojoba oil, grape seed, and paraffin wax are just some of the tools that Herbal & Wellness Skin Care's April keeps in her all-natural arsenal. A firm believer in treating skin with only organic products, she stocks her station with environmentally friendly, sweet-smelling products. Sugar and salt scrubs soothe skin, and herbal wraps keep hands warm, much like putting on a puppet show about bears with anxiety. Also a nail technician, April wields long-lasting Shellac polishes, which cure into place, and her brush flicks almost silently across nails while bestowing them with french tips.
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.
Relaxation requires peace of mind as well as physical comfort, and the technicians at Midas Nail Spa know how to achieve both. To ease client's worries during pedicures, they sterilize every tool that touches their toes—and sanitize the warm water in which they soak. Likewise, the more porous tools, such as files and pumices stones, are only used once, and clients may take them home afterward to decorate their garden if they wish. A modern ventilation system sucks away the odors of acrylics and gel polishes, and natural soaks and scrubs give off fragrances free of chemicals.
Salon Luxe radiates swank amid the idyllic streets of southeast Portland, treating clients to professional hair and makeup services. Consultations allow stylists to tailor treatments to individual clients, whether they want a simple haircut, all-over coloring, or eyebrow shaping. Since the stylists at Salon Luxe are so well-versed in their craft, they often impart tips to customers on how to recreate their professionally styled look when at home, in the office, or hanging from a helicopter skid.
Euphoria Nails & Spa's technicians maintain immaculate service stations, creating a welcoming yet pervasively clean environment. The front room even has a mini palm tree and flip-flops all over the wall, remnants of Spider-Man's vacations at this spa. High-backed new leather massaging pedicure chairs welcome guests into the pedicure room, which showcases colorful artwork on soft pink and gray walls. Beyond the pedicure area, a cluster of private rooms offers a quiet refuge for aestheticians to perform European facials and a host of waxing services.