Haute cosmetics, a manly shaving kit, a killer workout … everything you need to look your best
Owner and stylist, 220 Salon
When you earn a living by making people look (and feel) fabulous, stating that you employ a “no frills” approach to hair may sound like an oxymoron. That is, until you realize that stylist Jodie Steagall, owner of 220 Salon, is simply looking out for your best interests. So while you’ll get a perfect hairdo sans the sips of champagne and the shiny new environs of many downtown salons, having a down-to-earth stylist manning the shears is priceless. “I take the responsibility of being a hairdresser very seriously,” says the 36-year-old Steagall. “We don’t charge based on our rent, or just push the latest styles. It’s all about the cut and style that’s right for your hair.” More evidence of her common-sense philosophy: Steagall’s average fee of $55 per cut is based on the time she spends cutting, not on a client’s gender or hair length. The salon’s approach is so well-received, Steagall and the eight other stylists here have relied solely on word of mouth to market their business over the past 10 years. “I love this city,” Steagall says, which explains why she keeps working, as she likes to say, “with my heart in the right place.” And in an industry that’s all about superficial beauty, that’s something worth celebrating.
The name might be uninspired (Product? Really?). But trust us, Product, located in Bridgeport Village, is in fact a highfalutin shop that carries a very inspired lineup of cosmetics. Tinctures and tubes and bottles from Ole Henriksen skin care, Paula Dorf makeup, and Hamadi hair care (just to name a few) practically spill off the dark-wood-and-metal-framed shelves. That’s because, unlike your garden-variety makeup counter, Product stocks full lines of goodies by many, many companies. After all, how can you possibly consider applying Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer without using his liquid airbrush foundation first? This vanity fair also massages the green conscience: Many lines leave out body-polluting extras like sulfates, preservatives, and parabens, leaving you feeling as good as you look.
Most waxing sessions can’t go quickly enough. So it might sound crazy to say a 15-minute appointment with La Muse’s Muriel Stanton will end too soon. It’s true, though. Located in a cheery yellow Victorian in Northeast Portland, the salon boasts a calming Japanese-style garden and a comfy waiting area that makes you feel right at home. And when you meet Stanton, her warm smile immediately says this won’t be a rip-and-run kind of procedure. Instead, she’ll offer a shot of Sauza Gold tequila to get your courage up. But really, you won’t need it, because her steady hands make the waxing (nearly) painless. She’ll even color your brows once they’ve been shaped into an arc that perfectly accentuates your peepers. So when Stanton announced that she’d be moving in July, we were ready to beg her to stay. Luckily, however, there’s no cause for tears: She’s just moved across town to a new salon in Southwest Portland, open this month.
MEN’S SHAVING SUPPLIES
Portland Cutlery Co
In a store chock-full of swords, buck knives, and even a bayonet or two, it’s not surprising that you’d find a few razors in the mix. What is surprising is that grooming supplies—razors, scissors, tweezers, and other related accessories—account for a quarter of Portland Cutlery’s business. Consider the German-made Merkur double-edged safety razor. Perfectly balanced, it cuts close and leaves skin smooth as an R. Kelly ditty. You can also splash your face with five varieties of Colonel Conk’s glycerin shaving soap (go with the fragrant bay rum) and get lathered up with genuine shaving brushes crafted in the Old World. All these accoutrements will ensure that you’re not just another face in the crowd.