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.
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.
Donna Harris, owner of Oregon's Grand SalonSpa, has more than 15 years of experience as an aesthetician. She specializes in permanent makeup and anti-aging facial treatments such as ultra sonic microdermabrasion. At Oregon's Grand SalonSpa, Donna and her team pamper clients with a range of spa services that include hot stone massage, Shellac manicures, and eyebrow waxing. The boutique day spa has appeared on Good Day Oregon, AM Northwest, and the Better Show.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: DN Age Peel
Brands Used: Rhonda Allison
Pro Tip: Please silence your cellphones out of respect for others who are relaxing in the spa and salon.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
We offer a welcoming environment and a selection of cold and freshly brewed beverages. We also have a nice mixture of magazines for men and women and offer our own snack blend of toasted nuts, blueberries, cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff regularly adds to their education, and our estheticians have advanced Rhonda Allison training. Our licenses and certifications are on display outside of our treatment room.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
After our Uplift Facial, one customer said the following: "That's absolutely the best facial I've had in my entire life." It always makes us feel good when we know the client has had a great experience.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Facial peels offer small, progressive results, so you get the most bang for your buck when you buy a series.
Black-and-white floor tiles, turquoise drapery, and slanted mirrors set the scene at Identity Hair Spa, where stylists help coiffures exceed their aesthetic potential with haircuts for men, women, and children, coloring treatments, and feather extensions. The salon’s aestheticians make guests look like celebrities with waxing, anti-aging facials, and chihuahuas they can fit in their purse. The team also prepares clients for their special day with body-firming wraps and bridal parties that can include hairstyling and makeup for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl.
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!"