Portland Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
2725 N.E. 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.
Fleur de Lys
1001 S.E. Water Ave., Buckman
We’re suckers for a well-designed nail studio, and Fleur de Lys definitely qualifies. Blessedly free of germ-infested soaking tubs, they do their pedicures in pretty round copper bowls—which, in addition to looking beautiful, have the added benefit of being a natural heat conductor (they keep the water warm for so much longer). Order a cocktail to sip on while you have your service done.
3525 NE M.L.K. Blvd., Boise
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 reasonable $45. This is the larger of the two locations (with more saunas), but there's another outpost in Southeast Portland.
2713 S.E. 21st Ave., Hosford-Abernethy, Portland, OR
The design at Löyly (which is Finnish for the steam that comes off hot rocks at a sauna) is distinctly Scandinavian, with beautiful hardwood floors and minimalist wooden lounge chairs set around the communal space. The facials, though, are decidedly unminimalist: There are nourishing masks; steamy, aromatic compresses to calm skin; layer upon layer of oils, creams, and hydrosols; detoxifying facial steams; and more. 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 S.W. 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.
2122 S.E. Division St., Hosford-Abernethy
As far as dive-y foot spas go, Tranquille checks all of the boxes. It’s very clean, and you’ll soak your feet in a pot of hot water rather than a germ-filled jetted tub. You’ll get a free drink as part of your treatment, and more massage can be added in 15-minute increments.
3909 N.E. MLK, Boise
For glow-inducing facials, organic waxing (bikini, brows, et al), vegan eyebrow tinting, and skilled clean-makeup application using brands like Intelligent Nutrients, One Love Organics, and RMS, this cozy, women-run Portland studio is by far your best bet. The studio is open seven days a week, the vibe is low-key, and the aesthetic is akin to hanging out a friend's bungalow rather than an aesthetician's office.
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