by Ashley Gartland - 183 Reviews - 53 List
One glance at your cracked heels and jagged fingernails and it's clear: Your nails are in dire need of pampering. Fortunately, Portland has a full slate of nail care businesses from budget-priced pedicure spots to men-only service shops where guys can get a manicure in a masculine environment. Whether you need to look polished for your next job interview or need to get a pre-wedding pedicure before you say I do, we've rounded up the best nail care businesses in town.
Updated: October 27, 2009
Appearance-driven guys drop by this full-service men's for haircuts, deep tissue massages and ?nail detailing? services. A 25-minute treatment caters to men on the go; men with more leisurely schedules opt for the Royal Hand Treatment that includes a sea salt scrub and massage or the Spa Foot Tune-Up that treats tired feet to a peppermint soak, leg massage and toenail spruce-up.
Suburban moms and the after-work Intel crowd visit this high-end Hillsboro day spa where nail technicians create a tailor-made experience, from a simple polish change or salt scrub to a warm stone massage. Guys are welcome, too: The Gentleman's Manicure is a simple, polish-free service that keeps nails looking clean and groomed without looking prissy.
Thrifty Pearl District condo dwellers recognize Aveda's training salon as a place to save a buck on haircuts and highlights. What they don't often realize is that this beauty school also takes appointments for spa services including manicures, pedicures, polish changes and paraffin wax treatments. It may take longer for a student to get your toes looking pretty, but you won't care when they hand over your drastically reduced bill.
This Thurman Street sanctuary has earned its reputation for being a peaceful, in city retreat where Northwest neighbors visit for rejuvenating therapies. In place of traditional manicure and pedicure services, clients schedule knee-to-toe massages, salt scrubs and garshana and herbed oil treatments designed to removed dead skin and stimulate the immune system.
Downtown office workers spend their lunch breaks at this teaching salon, where students and their supervisors offer a full menu of reduced rate spa services. Among the many choices offered are French manicures and acrylics priced cheaper than those peddled by the strip mall salons.