For the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists of The Mane Event Spa and Salon, ?going to the office? is synonymous with spending the day in a beautiful, historic house in Lebanon. But that?s not to say that they don?t work hard. They pour passion and expertise into each one-on-one treatment, including hair services, makeup applications, manicures, and massages. They also offer facials that eschew the use of harsh chemicals and controlled fire in favor of plant-derived G.M. Collin products.
For more than a quarter century, the skilled stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists of Today’s Chalet have helped relax and beautify patrons throughout Washington and Oregon. A selection of “flavors” allows patrons to customize mani-pedis with the scent of champagne and rose, chocolate, cranberry, or seasonal treatments, and parties for both children and adults encourage group pampering.
A real passion for her job is what makes Barbara Silvia look forward to coming into work every day, she explains on her website. She has worked as a nail technician for three years performing mani-pedis. Most recently, she relocated to a booth inside Sunflower Salon, where she specializes in acrylic nails and elaborate nail art. Barbara works hard to keep abreast of current trends, from using long-lasting gel polish to decorating digits with portraits of popular CEOs.
As high-pitched needles buzzed in the background, a young April Slater traced her father's designs, stenciling with a steady hand and honing her artistic eye. Many years later—after apprenticing and working at several other parlors—Slater opened her own studio, Memento Ink. In the bright, cheerful space, Slater decorates bodies with classic and custom designs while her staff performs piercings and applies permanent makeup. Customers enjoy refreshments in the airy lobby as they browse classic tattoo designs and portfolios of original artwork. Of her studio that she makes available to host charity events, Slater has said, “I wanted everyone to feel welcomed and have the same positive experience, whether it was their first tattoo or they had a full bodysuit.” The Register-Guard suggests that “she’s been successful in doing just that.”
Visitors typically head to The Salon at Willow for myriad wellness treatments, from dental care to laser peels. Sometimes, though, the perfect pick-me-up is actually a mani-pedi, a fact no one knows better than nail technician Beth Counts. She pampers fingers and toes in the spa's salon, painting nails with traditional and gel polishes that come in a rainbow of colors, from romantic red to hiding-out-in-a-blueberry-patch blue.
Hair Ink’s stylist Lena Henry crafts cuts that flatter face shapes and pampers hair with professional quality products and dyes. Clients are prepped for scissor treatments with a wash, complete with a scalp massage that puts minds at ease and ears to sleep before the snipping begins during the 45-minute precision cut. Lena uses Alfaparf or Vivitone products to impart strands with bands of natural color during the partial-highlight treatment, which involves a thorough, two-hour rinse-in process. Both cut and color are toasted with a glass of champagne and finished with a blow-dry and style using Kenra and Sexy Hair products, ensuring onlookers see the transformative effect when admiring strands from afar or observing them under a microscope.