After a stint as a Paul Mitchell educator, Sheer Couture’s head stylist Jeremy is eminently qualified to rework hair into clients’ desired styles and pass on tips for achieving the same look at home. He emphasizes the importance of shampooing and conditioning for achieving a consistent style, with his salon’s comprehensive lather bar working to correct hair ailments such as dryness, brittleness, a build-up of impurities, or fading color. Jeremy and his stylists also update hair with cuts, subtle or eye-catching color treatments, and texturizing perms. They draw artistic inspiration from the salon’s rotating display of paintings, photographs, and four-foot-tall hair sculptures.
Setting up shop inside Gilly’s Salon, stylist Mardi Palan helps strands lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle by introducing them to nontoxic, vegan products from Organic Salon Systems. Because these products contain no ammonia, sodium lauryl sulfates, or plastics, they carry no offensive chemical odors, allowing strands to breathe easy as they shed split ends or adopt a new vibrant hue. When not helping heads tap into their greener side, Mardi works as an apprentice to astrologer Emily Trinkaus, and uses this knowledge of the stars to dish out hair-o-scopes and identify compatible styles based on each follicle's unique birthdate.
Licensed aesthetician Barbara Porter graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics in the Boston area in 2003. Since then, she has moved to Portland to be nearer to her family and promote healthy skin with a variety of skincare services and the help of River Organics products. Her selection of facials includes a holistic facial with shea butter, a vitamin-C antioxidant facial with a mineral-lemon exfoliant, and a mini facial for dolls. During facials, Barbara covers her clients in a warm blanket to make the experience as relaxing and comfortable as possible.
Located in downtown Troutdale, the intimate Creative Edge Salon has new talent: Mendy Fahey, a master stylist who specializes in precision cuts. As the personal haircutter to many working models in Portland, Mendy is known to flatter face-shapes and add dimension with physics-defying highlights. With an arsenal of all-natural, eco-friendly hair products, Mendy tends to the strands of men, women, and children, offers bridal and special event hair services, and doles out simple hair-taming advice for those who can't sleep standing up.
Helmed by the Moxie Four, Salon Moxie reinstalls pep into the step of clients with a host of indulgent services available every day of the week. Retro vibes energize the inside of the salon, where staff members oversee waxing sessions and administer five different types of facials. Staffers also perform massages, which, like dinners at Fabio’s house, occur atop heated tables within a candlelit room suffused with calming music. They keep coffee, cookies, and tea on hand to further sow the seeds of relaxation.
At Grace Hair Salon, founder Thad Grace puts each stylist through an exclusive training program that transcends trends to focus on the technical framework behind cutting and coloring hair. A stylist and educator whose work is frequently showcased on the nationally syndicated television show Better, Thad's "smart" hair approach is also the inspiration for his product line, Mada, which includes spray shampoos for easy application and less product waste, and hydrating serums boasting higher-than-average SAT scores.