Stylist Margie Rea beautifies clients? tresses with haircuts, coloring services, and Brazilian blowouts. Along with standard styling services, she also creates updos for special occasions or to make doing laundry appear to be a special occasion. Perms, feathers, and highlights also add extra oomph to styles.
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!"
It’s 2008 and Tobie Theis is thinking about her next move. For 15 years she’s been sharpening her hair- and nail-styling skills while working in a number of different salons. But, she wants the autonomy to fulfill her potential and make her vision for a salon real. Together with her husband Joe, the two set off to finally achieve a mutual lifelong dream: owning their own salon.
Since that bold step, Tobie has overseen the blossoming of Eden's Apple Salon & Day Spa into a full-service beauty oasis that offers everything from haircuts and extensions to massages and tanning. Within three months, Tobie and Joe had completely renovated the interior of the salon, filling it out with arched thresholds, shelves full of salon products, and a wall-sized mural of a beautiful woman. In time, her team also grew, now including eight hairstylists, two aestheticians, a licensed massage therapist, a nail technician, and the woman in the mural—whose large eyes can spot any aesthetic imperfections.
Signature Service: Hair services
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Clients seem to love their stylists at Willamette Hair Studio. Maybe it's because the stylists here know exactly how to give people the looks they want. The team finds inspiration for formal updos in their clients' existing hair styles and streaks in natural-looking highlights that give 'dos an extra bit of flair. In the same visit, an aesthetician can remove
stray brow hairs or make underarm fuzz a concern you can shelve for a few more weeks with waxing. All the little extras count, too: a private treatment room gives clients plenty of breathing room during waxing treatments, and a line of hair products for dogs makes it easy for your furry friend to look put-together at his next outing to Dawg Haus, the hottest dog nightclub.
Signature Service: Haircuts
Brands Used: Enjoy and Schwarzkopf
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
Q&A with Allyson, Hairstylist/owner
When and how did you first realize you wanted to be involved in hair styling?
When I was a teenager I loved playing with everyones hair. My
aunt owned a salon, so I knew I wanted to have my own one day. And now I have hers.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
They are not taking care of their hair and color by not using professional shampoo and styling products.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
It's a comfortable, mellow environment.
In the sumptuous confines of Glamour! Beauty. Body. Boutique., chandeliers glimmer above pink-and-white-striped walls, plump black sofas, and rose-colored armchairs. Marie Antoinette and her courtiers would look at home amid the salon’s ornate black scrollwork and pink satin.
From the salon walls, the framed visages of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe watch deft stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they snip and color clients’ locks to reflect classical dos or avant-garde trends. The team can also lengthen locks with hair or feather extensions and craft updos for formal occasions. In addition, the salon offers facials that use Bioelements products, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.