Portland Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty neighborhood
Finger Bang
2725 NE Sandy Blvd., Kerns
In true Portland fashion, a mainstream mani/pedi spot just wouldn’t do. The mastermind behind this avant-garde concept salon, Glynis Olson, tricked out an industrial storefront in the newly built Zipper Building with blasting speakers, graffiti murals, black-leather recliners, and a beer list–a vibe more in line with a tattoo parlor than a nail place. Save for the elaborate nail-art (ask for the mystery manicure if you’re feeling adventurous), the service menu is fairly standard. What’s not standard, however, are the freakishly late opening hours (still, booking ahead is recommended), instituted in part to accommodate the all-over-the-place schedules of clients in the, ahem, service industry.
2713 SE 21st Ave., Hosford-Abernethy
The design at Löyly (which is Finnish for the steam that comes off hot rocks at a sauna) is distinctly Scandinavian, with straightforward hardwood floors, clean light woods, and minimalist wooden lounge chairs occupying the communal space. It’s just a $23 fee to get in, but we recommend springing for one of their famous—obviously Swedish-style—massages, which start at a supremely affordable $45. There’s a second location in Northeast Portland.
124 SW 1st Ave., Old Town Chinatown
This hair salon near the Old Town waterfront is a peaceful pampering destination with only five styling chairs—the vibe here is similar to its cozier Los Angeles location. With its well-stocked bar, hardwood-and-brick décor, big comfy couches, and tall, sunny windows, getting your hair done at Lucas feels a lot like hanging out at a friend’s loft. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail from their well-stocked bar while Taylor Lucas and her fellow expert stylists do their thing, whether you’re in for a cut, color, blowout, deep-conditioning treatment, or all of the above (in which case, lucky you).
Ruby Spa at the Edgefield
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale
Ruby’s Spa is part of Edgemere, a quirky estate in Troutdale, which is a short day trip from the city and also fun for a short overnight. McMenamin’s (the group that owns Edgemere) is famous for whimsical wall paintings and a subtly renaissance feel, and the spa is no exception—you’ll find quirky designs on the walls, dark wood furniture, and a warm soaking pool outside the old white building. While you’re in town, stop at one of Egemere’s famous brew pubs or catch some live music.
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