The experienced stylists and aestheticians at Devine Designs Salon & Spa tend to clients’ hair, faces, nails, and figures with restorative services and products from brands such as Aquage, Biosilk, and OPI. Locks receive upgrades beneath the swift shears of seasoned stylists, who shape face-flattering ’dos, twist tresses into intricate braids, and heighten hues as adeptly as shutterbugs photographing a rainbow for the cover of Vogue. Cleansing facials even out complexions to create optimal canvases for professional makeup applications, and waxing and laser hair-removal treatments oust unwanted fuzz. Lime-green and chocolate-brown walls surround the spa, whose studio lighting helps keep clients from mistaking their stylists for their tax collectors.
At Spa Lola, the goal is simple: to make all visitors, from veteran spa-goers to first-time guests, feel welcome. To this end, the staff focuses on cultivating a quaint, calming, and unpretentious atmosphere. Owner Amanda Drak, an aesthetician with over a decade of waxing experience, removes unwanted hair with antibacterial Nufree soy products. She also performs complex and nurturing facials in the shabby-chic spa, using plant-based Yonka products. By harnessing not only the fragrant components of each ingredient, but also the vitamins, fruit acids, and other trace elements, Yonka’s elixirs and beauty products help Drak revitalize the skin and thank the nose for making it through your recent protest on taking out the trash.
Growing up in rural Oregon, Shane immersed himself in magazines and television and became amazed by the trends popular outside his own sleepy town. But his interest in style did not bubble up completely until many years later, when he left a successful career in finance to pursue his true passion in life.
Now an experienced hairstylist and nail technician, Shane personally tests each product on the market before it ever touches his clients’ nails or hair. Using styling products by Schwarzkopf Professional hair care, he creates cutting edge cuts, colors, and updos. And when it comes to nails, he reaches for OPI Laquer or soak-off gel polish to create nail art that could include polka dots, flowers, or tiny celebrity mug shots.
With purple walls, fresh flowers, crystal chandeliers, and sunlight glinting off hardwood floors and marble countertops, Beauteous The Experience cultivates an atmosphere of elegance. But as airy, bright, and luxe as its design is, it's the people who make the salon truly special. Hair stylists strive to make every single coif unique. They craft looks that range from punky to demure. Massage therapist Jessica draws upon a healthcare background to customize each of her treatments, and estheticians offer microdermabrasions, peels, and mani-pedis.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: European facial
Brands Used: Hydropeptide, Yonka
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably with minimal make-up
From their cushy styling chairs, clients of Amoré Salon and Spa can watch shoppers bustle through the upscale Pearl District outside the studio's ample, sun-soaked windows. But in here, no one is in any hurry. With careful attention, the salon's artistic, fashion-forward hairstylists create one-of-a-kind coifs that run the gamut from multicolored punk looks to timeless bobs and long styles achieved with Great Lengths hair extensions. The extensions are crafted with real, ethically sourced human hair, and attach to existing locks with bonds that expand and contract just like the wearer's natural hair or peacock-like plumage.
In the spa realm, aestheticians revamp complexions with Jan Marini facials that target severe acne, dryness, or unsanctioned games of pore whack-a-mole. Waxing specialists don’t skimp on skincare either—in addition to using gentle Cirepil wax, facial-inspired treatments for backs and bikini lines reverse blemishes and discomfort caused by ingrown hairs. Nail specialists, meanwhile, make sure their art stays intact by finishing a number of manicures and pedicures with CND Shellac lacquers, which dry under a UV light to leave a mirrorlike finish that lasts up to 14 days.