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.
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.
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.
Reanna Blair’s passion for styling is palpable. When clients plant themselves in her chair at Amaryllis Salon it’s only their hair and its myriad possibilities for style and self-expression that she sees. Whether it’s coloring, highlights, or just a simple clip of the bangs, she works closely with each client to ensure the sharpest look possible. She cuts both men’s and women’s tresses, and can also assist with makeup techniques and applications.