The throaty purr of saxophones drifts from Salon Au Rouge into neighboring woods and across a creek. Jazz music and glasses of wine in the salon work with decor to simulate the feeling of having stepped into a Parisian salon. In the two-level chartreuse building, merlot-hued curtains billow in gentle breezes like the robe of a magistrate who is actually just kids standing on each other's shoulders. April Eastman—the owner and a stylist with more than 20 years of experience—designed the salon, and she walks among potted flowers to fill wine glasses and coffee mugs. Her apprentice-trained stylists cut, color, and sculpt hair with products from Redken, Wella, Keune, and L'Oréal Organics, concluding each appointment with at-home styling tips. Away from the styling floor, the nail technician pampers hands with manicures and feet with pedicures, wielding OPI polishes or chip-resistant Axxium gel. Inside the salon's newly fashioned private suites, massage therapists knead away tension with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, and aestheticians care for skin with oxygen-infused facials and waxing services.
For a self-described "mini medi spa," Lavish Medical Aesthetics & Day Spa has a pretty comprehensive roster of services. First there are the facials, which employ Dermalogica products, LED lamps, and microcurrent probes to tighten slack skin and tone complexions. For more thorough exfoliation, the center wields derma blades, microdermabrasion wands, and chemical peels. Then there are the nail services, which can include add-ons such as paraffin and long-lasting Shellac gel polish. The body gets its fair share of attention, too; after undergoing laser hair removal, electrolysis, or waxing, clients can indulge in a salt glow or a back facial that uses hot rocks imported from the sun?s cobblestone streets.
Walking into an art museum and asking the docent for a neck massage may not be the best idea. But at Comma Vino Spa, guests enjoy relaxing massages and reflexology, mani-pedis, facials, and haircuts within an emery board's throw of a gallery full of ever-changing artwork by local photographers and painters. They can soak up the attention with a glass of wine in hand, which is often also produced locally.
Aestheticians and massage therapists even incorporate the therapeutic power of grapes into their treatments, using vinotherapy products formulated with grapes and byproducts of winemaking, such as happiness. The potent ingredients work their free-radical-fighting magic as clients lounge in chairs that recline into beds beneath sparking chandeliers and a flickering fireplace.
Pink and White Nail Salon helps guests see the world through colored glasses: magenta, bubblegum, rose, and cream stripes brighten its walls, and each of the salon’s manicure and pedicure stations offers a scenic view of the Willamette River's pink waters. This cheerful decor sets the stage for the citrus scrubs and massages with almond hydrating lotion that enhance the salon’s manicures and the espresso foot soaks and massages with buttercream frosting that augment its pedicures. In addition to bedecking women’s fingertips with Shellac and gel, the nail technicians soften men’s palms, so often callused from sword fighting, and treat tiny hands to chocolate-infused warm towels during kid-focused manicures. As clients arrive to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon, they can leave their cars with valets who park and retrieve them at no extra charge.
From the street, Spa Sass? is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Voted Best of Citysearch in the hair-color and mani-pedi categories in 2011, Hair Architects prettifies the hair, nails, and skin of its clients with great success. Channeling years of experience, the staff administers a full menu of salon and spa treatments for which they adopt the latest techniques, including Japanese permanent straightening, Shellac gel polish, and Brazilian waxing. For special occasions, stylists use L’Oréal and Redken products to sculpt hair into elegant updos ideal for looking resplendent at weddings, making a splash at proms, or smuggling candy into a movie theater.