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.
77 Salon Is portland’s best barber and beauty salon. offering a funky fresh salon vibe welcoming people to stop, chill for a while, and get pretty ( or waxed! ). A wildly talented and diverse group of stylists freckle this cool space, creative, innovative, and eye catching results.
As an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience and a former chemist with Christian Dior, Helene Lawless knows a thing or two about skincare. The French native opened Be Smooth after growing tired of lengthy spa visits that left a dent in her own wallet. She decided to offer affordable treatments with products and equipment that she has found to be effective over her years as an aesthetician and spa-goer. As a result, she and her team nourish skin using the with organic plant extracts in the Pevonia Botanica line, natural Nuxe products, and Shea Terra Organics with fair-trade shea butters and argan oils. Lawless has also tracked down innovative aesthetic techniques such as VIP Complex's infrared and microcurrent treatments, IPL photofacials with light heat energy (LHE), and hair removal with the gel-based Depilar System.
Lawless prides herself not only on the budget-friendliness of her services, but also on the unintimidating “non-spa” ambience of her beauty haven. Guests relax at a white-on-white facial bar for a deep cleansing, and a boutique area offers European-style gifts such as fragrant Aquiesse soy candles and jewelry by Miravidi and Caracol. According to a 2011 article in the Oregonian, "even the music that can be heard from the front door is French." Just as charming is Lawless' French accent, which, like a lullaby sung by a lemur, is both soothing and exotic.
Portland Pearl makes guests feel as welcome as a soldier in a Norman Rockwell painting by offering each a complimentary beverage when he or she enters its chic confines. Your hair makeover begins with a cut that tailors locks to your sense of style and face shape. Then, a scalp massage kneads away stress and worries about how the dinosaurs went extinct. The hydrating hair mask imbues strands with moisture and nutrients, giving them a glossy glow and the bounciness of a pogo stick. The pampering procedure concludes with a soothing foot soak and hydrating foot mask with hot towel wraps, which enfold the body’s most hardworking appendages in a warm embrace. Ample street parking makes getting to the salon and spa easier than finding rock candy in a gravel pit.
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.