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.
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.
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.
Some dream of dancing in front a packed audience at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York—but for Brandie Mannon, her dreams have always been the stuff of blow dryers and cat walks. Entranced with hair styling and fashion design at a young age, Brandie devoted herself to the craft. She attended the International Beauty School and later sharpened her skills at Salon Belle Epoque and on-going seminars. Today, Brandie brings her expertise to A-List Hair Studio, where she uncovers each client's style and personality to determine the most flattering look. And while the cuts and hues may differ, Brandie ensures each style proves easy to maintain at home or while standing in a wind tunnel.
The salon itself sits within the historic Gadsby Building in Portland's Pearl District. A former warehouse, the space has been meticulously renovated to retain its vintage flair through exposed brick walls and windows that look out onto buggy-to-buggy traffic in 1906. Modern updates include shelves stocked with Kevin Murphy and Davines haircare products, along with a buzzing staff that performs everything from facials to gel manicures.
For hairstyle inspiration, Edward King often looks to the people he sees everyday on the street?he says that living downtown helps him follow the changing trends. He takes those influences with him into A-List, where he works with professional-grade products from Davines and Moroccanoil to sculpt haircuts with strong definition. He also specializes in color, using it to create dimension in strands and complement cut shape.
The salon itself sits within the historic Gadsby Building in Portland's Pearl District. A former warehouse, the space has been meticulously renovated to retain its vintage flair through exposed brick walls and windows that once looked out onto buggy-to-buggy traffic. Modern updates include shelves stocked with Kevin Murphy haircare products, along with a buzzing staff that performs everything from facials to gel manicures.
At Miss Knockout, highly trained and licensed aestheticians primp clients with an array of beauty treatments including facials, waxing, eyelash extensions, and more. They specialize in Longmi lashes, but also accessorize eyes with silk lashes, and Siberian mink lashes. Regimens of facials and peels help clear faces of unwanted signs of aging as well as offset skin damage due to dehydration or excess oil. A team of talented makeup artists can also apply special-event makeup and day-to-day touch-ups, and aestheticians can manicure bodies with waxing, threading, custom spray tanning, and vajazzling.