Today, she's a master stylist, but before beauty school, Hali Owens focused on psychology while immersed in a criminal justice curriculum. Since shifting to her true passion, however, she's cultivated a service menu that ranges from bang trims to elaborate wedding updos topped with three-tier cakes. Despite all these choices, Owens advises guests not to get too overwhelmed: "Don?t worry about knowing exactly what you want," she says. "I am glad to help you decide and make the process as easy and stress-free as possible." Customers are able to relax in Owens's chair, knowing they can depend on her 15 years' experience and expert eye to shape and color the perfect hairdo. Her specialties help clients feel their best, and to Owens, that's the best part of the job: "My favorite moment," she says, "is when my client looks in the mirror at the finished look and I can see their confidence rise!"
Aesthetician Addie Yungeberg plies her beautifying trade at L'attrait Salon & Spa, where her clients' skin can rejoice during services using professional name-brand skin products. Throughout each of her salicylic peels, European facials, and makeup applications, Addie sprinkles clients with such top-shelf brands as Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and Nahla organic skincare products, both of which eschew harsh chemical ingredients and are cruelty free.
At Adorned Aesthetics, even the most familiar of skincare treatments, the facial, contains some surprises; the center's roster of nine different facials includes three services specifically designed for men as well as a Just Like Heaven exfoliation and massage treatment that lasts a full two hours. Two other services make use of some rare materials: the 24 kt. gold facial uses a gold serum and mask to reverse oxidation damage, and the Diamond Exfolight facial removes dead skin using the diamond-soled shoes that inspired Paul Simon to become a cobbler. When serums fall short, clients turn to the Bio-Roller, an FDA-approved micro-needle rolling system that treats wrinkles and acne without inflicting the downtime associated with surgery.
The spa can offer all of these treatments thanks to the expertise of Melanie Hamilton and Kathryn Hoffman, who are professionally certified and trained by Obagi Pharmaceutical Skin Care. This company also provides a few of the specialized products that they use during treatments on a variety of skin issues. Melanie and Kathryn, who are also trained in the formal modalities of the Valmont skincare line from Switzerland, stay sharp by attending classes, seminars, and conventions in the industry.
Decorated in muted earth tones and accented by lush plants and vivid floral arrangements, Bridgeport Laser & Wellness Center's serene lobby helps patients unwind as soon as they arrive. Clients can further set their minds at ease with the knowledge that the physician-owned wellness center is helmed by a quartet of medical professionals, each of whom excels at one or more aesthetic areas. Owner and medical director Dr. Derek Norcom offers aesthetic treatments, including vein treatments and mole removal.
Dr. Janice Buenafe helps patients find relief from hormonal imbalances via bio-identical hormone-replacement therapy. Experienced aesthetic nurse practitioner Yan Duan specializes in cosmetic injections, including Sculptra, and is also certified in hormone replacement. And Patricia Gravenites, a clinical aesthetician and medical assistant, has more than 16 years of experience as a cosmetic injector and skincare specialist.
Named one of Lucky magazine's Best Blowout Bars in the Country, Portland's only blow-dry bar leaves the scissors to the salons and instead focuses on its clients' everyday styling needs. Seven days a week, stylists stand ready with blow dryers and round brushes in hand to prep clients for big dates, special occasions, work meetings, or trips to the area's most exclusive hardware stores. Blowout services include a wash, blow-dry, and one of six signature styles, such as soft loose curls or a half updo. To create a one-of-a-kind look, the staff at Blowout, a Blow Dry Bar, also can add temporary streaks of color or braid hair, and makeup artists can freshen up lips and lashes for a quick makeover on the go.
Glow Aesthetics's skilled aestheticians promote healthy skin with targeted laser therapy and treatments that call on products from Skinceuticals, Jan Marini, and Clarisonic. Led by owner Shayne Corson, the spa’s staff treats facial ailments with restorative services such as LED skin tightening, microdermabrasion, and laser skin therapy—all of which work in tandem to repair skin tarnished by aging, sun damage, and glued-on soul patches. The team also clears bodies of unwanted hair with waxing services and laser hair removal.