Natural light pours through The Hair Station’s large picture windows onto red leather furniture, vintage lamps, and sheering hanging tapestries Amid these decorative accents, Whitney Wilcox and Ashlee McDaniel craft artful new styles and rehab tresses with deep-conditioning treatments. The duo also specializes in healthy hair coloring and tinting with ammonia-free L’Oreal INOA.
Experienced nail artist Jillian Horman works on her clients’ nails from her station inside Caramel Beauty International, filing and painting nails and pampering hands and feet until they glow with health. She offers CND shellac nails along with her spa manicures and pedicures.
In Color Salon's entourage of expert stylists collaborate with each client's individual features to create personalized styles that complement face shapes, skin tones, and eye colors. With follicular-styling vision, a hair mood-ring decoder, and a wealth of knowledge from academies including Bumble and bumble and Vidal Sassoon, the texturizing team dutifully performs thorough hair consultations and cuts ($35+) as well as full-color services ($95+). Clients can peruse the mane-taming menu to discover skull indulgencies such as a detail color ($45+), which leaves head strands with newly discovered hues in selective regions for added dimension, or the French-derived bailage treatment ($75+), which dapples head canvases with hand-painting color techniques.
The stylists at Belong Salon beautify clients with a full array of salon services, including cuts, coloring, and deep-conditioning treatments. To ensure people leave feeling and looking their best, owner and stylist Norma Miranda offers free consultations and pep talks with hair roots.
The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.
Esquire named Hair M the best barber in Portland in 2010, and CitySearch followed suit two years later. The barbershop has also been featured in the New York Times, Men's Health magazine, and the nightmares of unibrows everywhere. The evidence is plain—a man can get a mean haircut at Hair M. But the business offers so much more.
An environment of rugged wood paneling punctuated with HDTVs tuned to sports channels makes the most style-phobic fellow feel welcome, and the bar serving Widmer beers and fine wines doesn't hurt either. Besides regal grooming services, Hair M performs upscale face and body treatments, and keeps a massage therapist on staff at both locations.