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In a private treatment room at The Spa at 22 Changes—a 5,000 square-foot salon and spa retreat—a massage therapist kneads, rolls, and taps bamboo sticks across a client's back during a bamboo massage, relieving tension and checking to see which parts of the spine work best as a xylophone. Among other soothing services, infrared-sauna treatments help guests detoxify, ease stress and pain, and boost circulation. The aestheticians on staff perform waxing and facials, while manicures, pedicures, and hair services are also available.

11504 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver,
WA
US

A team of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists keep Cascade Day Spa afloat with their expertise in therapeutic body treatments and skincare. The spa's resident massage therapists release tension and stress from muscles and joints with a slew of techniques, including localized deep-tissue and sports therapy, full-body Swedish and European massage, and reflexology for the feet. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians, Tamara, Victoria, and Inna, administer nearly 20 kinds of facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and a galvanic anti-aging treatment, which uses electrical currents to trigger cell regeneration and recharge red reindeer noses. For excessive fuzz scattered across the face and body, the skincare specialists use the soy-based Nufree hair-removal system, laced with skin-soothing botanicals and antibacterial ingredients.

615 SE Chkalov Dr
Vancouver,
WA
US

It's not hard to see why Vata Salon & Spa has been voted Clark County's best hair salon multiple times by readers of The Columbian. After all, Vata has partnered with Aveda to deliver environmentally friendly wellness to clients via a dizzying variety of spa treatments. When they aren't snipping away at split ends, stylists strengthen and soften hair with a system based on natural and organic ingredients. Not to be outdone, the salon's nail technicians perform relaxing pedicures while their clients recline in zero-gravity massage chairs. In private skincare suites, walls of slate and stone create a sense of being immersed in nature. It's the perfect environment for a natural facial or a microdermabrasion treatment, which sloughs away dead skin cells and Richard Nixon masks.

8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr
Vancouver,
WA
US

With purple walls, fresh flowers, crystal chandeliers, and sunlight glinting off hardwood floors and marble countertops, Beauteous The Experience cultivates an atmosphere of elegance. But as airy, bright, and luxe as its design is, it's the people who make the salon truly special. Hair stylists strive to make every single coif unique. They craft looks that range from punky to demure. Massage therapist Jessica draws upon a healthcare background to customize each of her treatments, and estheticians offer microdermabrasions, peels, and mani-pedis.

514 Main Street
Vancouver,
WA
US

Established: 2003
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: European facial
Brands Used: Hydropeptide, Yonka
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably with minimal make-up

514 Main Street
Vancouver,
WA
US

From the street, Spa Sassé is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.

Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.

630 SW Alder St
Portland,
OR
US