Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Portland school channels its storied doctrines of style and techniques through a skilled squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. Under the close supervision of an experienced professor of pulchritude, Paul-Mitchell-student stylists perform a wide array of services, including creating cute cuts ($12–$19.95) and up-styles ($21.95–$29.95), finger-exercising facials (starting at $29.95), piggy-pampering pedicures ($13.95), and more. High-quality products by the one and only Paul Mitchell are for sale to take home, providing a souvenir of your first date with your new ’do or your last memory with your former face.
The Bob Shop's mane tamers have bolstered fading fringe with a variety of time-tested and contemporary services for 85 years. Stage a cuticle coup with a haircut ($30+), which begins the infiltration with a distracting scalp massage and shampoo before snipping rebellious split ends into permanent exile. Those striving for tresses as smooth and brilliant as Aristotle on a snowboard can opt for a conditioning treatment, which puts newly lustrous locks in their place with a blow-dry and style ($45+). Offer hair a new identity, whether with a spiraling permanent wave ($80+), hue-changing semipermanent color ($65+), or occasion-appropriate updo ($45+), which disguises temporarily squatting geese not quite ready to migrate. Customers may apply this Groupon to other salon hair services exceeding the value of this deal. All services must be completed within the same visit.
Despite her success as a salon owner and television makeup artist, Jennifer Stoloff left her native South Africa in 1982 for the States. Fortunately, the aesthetician’s talents weren’t just revered on the opposite side of the globe; she picked up right where she left off with the creation of her own skincare line and Jennifer’s Spa, located inside the Bob Shop Salon. Today, Jennifer offers clients a multitude of facials packed with soothing ingredients, such as goji berry, pomegranate, and red, green, and white teas. She has even devised a few specialty treatments, including a postsurgery service that soothes swelling and redness. Beyond pampering complexions, Jennifer also waxes limbs and bikini lines and sells her full line of original products, including scrubs, healing masks, and acne medications.
On most days, Sarah Paulus finds herself surrounded by hair. She runs scissors through strands and cuts off unwanted length. She paints locks with hair dye or watercolors in blond, red, and brown shades that give manes extra pop. Sarah also braids, twists, and curls hair into updos for special occasions.
For Kimberly Love Ray, the human face has always been the original canvas. A 10-year industry veteran who attended art school to study portraiture, she creates masterpieces with makeup applications, skincare treatments, and aesthetic services at her posh studio, Klover—prepping clients for weddings, special nights out, or high-fashion editorial shoots. She also imparts her wisdom during group classes, and helps clients play up their best feature or most intimidating glare with one-on-one tutorials.
Before starting Olivia’s Skincare, Olivia worked as a certified medical assistant. Now, she uses her medical expertise to tackle tough skincare concerns. The aesthetician of more than 10 years specializes in treating hyperpigmentation, acne, and rosacea—she does so with a combination of natural skincare products from Pevonia and clinical solutions from Skin Script laced with powerful retinols and glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. Olivia also offers waxing services that use Cirepil waxes and peer pressure from already detached strands to quickly remove hair.