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!"
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Hair cuts and color, waxing, facials
Brands Used: Satin Smooth acai berry hard wax and Satin Smooth soft wax
Q&A with Rebeka, Aesthetician
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
We are a classy and clean, up scale full service salon. We play relaxing music in the treatment rooms, and offer complimentary beverages.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
I take a lot of time and care to connect with each client and relate to them on a personal level. I often receive a hug at the end of the service, just because they are so happy that they were able to feel so at ease and comfortable with me and the service.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
My number one priority is for my client to feel completely comfortable and at ease with me performing their service. I take my time to answer any questions and to explain the service to the client.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is a full service salon that can accommodate any needs you may have.
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.
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.
In the quiet, relaxing atmosphere of Haven Salon & Spa, skilled aestheticians pamper and beautify hands, feet, and heads with masterful hairstyling, revitalizing nail treatments, and rejuvenating facials. Waxing, brow-tinting, and lash extensions enhance your natural beauty, while warm paraffin hand dips improve your high-fives by up to 97%. Meanwhile, the salon’s nail techs administer manicures using no-chip polish, and stylists keep hair trim and on trend.