Portland's Best Spots for a Glam Touch-Up
Portland's beauty reputation is a tad crunchy: no makeup, a ponytail, and toenails wrecked from hiking boots. But it's also not accurate—the city is increasingly more glam by the minute, with new salons and spas opening regularly that cater to women who love to be outdoors and still want a perfect pedicure. And for Portland’s ever-growing number of visitors, there are plenty of places to go for a touch-up after a cross-country flight. Here are the best spots in town where you can get pampered in a flash.
Haircut: Pinn Salon
A new addition this year on bustling Division Street, Pinn is a small salon with hip, rustic wood décor and talented young stylists, including Jess Knight, who seems to intuitively understand what “help me fix this” means. With training from Bumble & Bumble, Vidal Sassoon, Wella Color Studios, and Nick Arrojo, Knight's a pro for cut and color, and will keep you entertained with stories about her latest motorcycle trip while she trims.
The Swedish-inspired spa Löyly, a mainstay in SE, opened a NE location last spring that feels simple, clean, and modern. Known for its Swedish treatments, the spa also runs rotating specials, like a cooling rosemary-mint massage in hot summer months. Get loose before and after your session by warming your muscles in the cedar sauna; you can also buy individual packets of Dr. Hauschka salt scrubs or face masks to use while you’re there.
Manicure/Pedicure: Finger Bang
Though it just opened in August, the punky salon Finger Bang—with its graffiti on the wall, metal music, free champagne, and TVs showing '60s vixen films—is already appointment-only, thanks to its talented nail artists, who are as happy to do a traditional red manicure as they are to create custom Ruth Bader Ginsburg nail decals. They stock designer polishes like Chanel and MAC, as well as vegan, toxic chemical-free, locally-made Palette Polish, and are open until midnight daily.
Facial: Ebel Artistry
Aesthetician Claudine Ebel has skin covered, doing bridal makeup and teaching classes in makeup application techniques. She's just as talented with caring for what's under that makeup, doing holistic facials with natural Evanhealy products in her NW studio. Her 35-minute or one-hour facials are customized to each person's skin needs, but always include an aromatherapy face massage. While a hydrating mask is soaking in, she can also apply a no-sting tint to darken your eyelashes.
Blowout: Blowout—A Blow Dry Bar
Though blow-and-go shops are on every corner in New York and L.A., Blowout (pictured above) is Portland's first one, located in a trendy shopping area. They do perfectly styled hair in 30 minutes, where you can choose between six styles, including straight with volume (Sleek and Chic), beachy waves (The Flirt), and loose, bouncy waves (Divalicious). For a night out, they also have updo and makeup services.
Lashes: Miss Knockout
Owner Kimmie Nguyen and her team of aestheticians at Miss Knockout adhere individual lashes to your natural ones, making for va-va-voom dramatic eyes that look like you're wearing the world's best mascara. Your lashes will look thicker and fuller, don't smudge or come off in water, and last for several weeks—so you can hike or run errands around town without any prep time and still look glamorous.
Sarah Z. Wexler is on the Oregon beat for Travel + Leisure. Based in Portland, you can follow her on Twitter at @SarahZWexler.