Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.
Getting the perfect haircut is no easy task. Finding a stylist who will listen to your ideas and transform them into a stylish ‘do that keeps you looking and feeling great is always difficult. At this salon, however, you’ll get just that. The experience from the moment you walk through the door will center on the friendly, inviting atmosphere and the well-versed team of stylists. Whether you’re just looking for a quick trim or you’re in the mood for a brand new look, Betsy and the team are always ready to help you achieve the great results you deserve. For added convenience, scheduling appointments is always quick and easy online or over the phone.
It?s hard to believe Good Karma Salon & Retreat is staffed by only six people when considering the number of available services: hairstyling, nailcare, skincare, massages, body treatments, and waxing are all part of the collective repertoire. Within the soothing, earth-toned studio?with nature-inspired accents such as potted bamboo and green accent walls?the staff also specializes in applying makeup and accentuating the eyes via an eyelash tint, faux lashes, or faux lashes made out of fluorescent bulbs. During treatments, the staff relies on botanical products from Aveda and hair products from Pureology.
The staff of Shine At The Salon tends to clients' hair, both the tresses on top of heads and the unwanted strands that pop up elsewhere. At this hair and waxing salon, hair stylists tend to locks with prescriptive design haircuts, colors, and conditioning treatments. Meanwhile, resident waxing specialists remove unwanted body hair—from eyebrows to bikinis to legs—leaving skin completely hairless like most movie villains.
From her chair at Nails on First & Hair 2, seasoned stylist Mindy sculpts overgrown manes into works of art with conditioning, cuts, and coloring services. She also ousts unwanted hair with wax, cleaning up bushy eyebrows and removing stubborn lip fuzz leftover from Groucho Marx disguise kits.
The brains behind the beauty-focused Opaline Spa is Laura, an Aveda-trained aesthetician and professional make-up artist. Inside her calming oasis, Laura pampers and beautifies clients with everything from facials to makeup lessons to brow and lash tinting. One thing she never uses: chemicals. Laura searched far and wide to find beauty products that favor natural ingredients,
all of which are free of fragrances, parabens, petroleum, and magic mirror dust. These skin-friendly products are incorporated into everything from organic facials to exfoliating lip treatments. Even the hair removal sessions at Opaline Spa are organic?instead of wax, Laura uses a sugaring formula that is gentler on sensitive skin and may help to prevent ingrown hairs.