Monday through Saturday, the trained and licensed staff of Jovana Salon improves the health of their clients’ hair with a variety of salon services. Cuts remove split ends and hot oil steam treatments infuse hair with moisture. Body waxing services remove unwanted hair from legs and faces and eyelash extensions maximize the allure of eyes. Alternately, men-specific services, including mustache and beard trims, keep modern men from un-evolving back into cavemen.
Growing up in rural Oregon, Shane immersed himself in magazines and television and became amazed by the trends popular outside his own sleepy town. But his interest in style did not bubble up completely until many years later, when he left a successful career in finance to pursue his true passion in life.
Now an experienced hairstylist and nail technician, Shane personally tests each product on the market before it ever touches his clients? nails or hair. Using styling products by Schwarzkopf Professional hair care, he creates cutting edge cuts, colors, and updos. And when it comes to nails, he reaches for OPI Laquer or soak-off gel polish to create nail art that could include polka dots, flowers, or tiny celebrity mug shots.
The barbers at Antonio's Barbershop groom men with haircuts, straight-razor shaves, and beard trims. Guests can kick back with complimentary drinks, enjoying massage chairs and TV, or take advantage of amenities including dry-cleaning, custom tailoring, and a selection of men's sports and business wear.
At The Strand at Sola Salons, the deft and generous fingers of stylists Abby and Michele attend to scalps with relaxing, massaging movements. This supplemental courtesy, which accommodates every haircut, evidences the duo’s commitment to client satisfaction. Abby and Michele don’t just rush through services; rather, they take time to listen to clients before administering signature cuts, colorings, or keratin smoothing treatments. In this way, they not only achieve unique and classic styles—they also generate good karma with clients so they can form long-term relationships and eventually be reincarnated in the form of well-groomed poodles.
Ashley Melton works while surrounded by photographs taken by photographer Betty Hedges. While clients gaze at award-winning images of animals in their natural elements, Ashley gets to work snipping hair into stylish dos and applying vibrant highlights. She also expertly straightens frizzy locks, or twists and curls hair into updos fit for galas or weddings.
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.