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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Seeing Red

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Rihanna, Drew Barrymore, and Florence Welch are all radiant with their fiery red locks. The latest hair color trend has been spotted on countless red carpets, catwalks, and on the street. What do you guys think? Gingers unite! If you’re feeling in a hair rut, taking the plunge to red may just be the answer.

  • RiRi

  • Drew

  • Florence

Friday, February 11, 2011

Food Carts Are So 2010. 2011 Is The Year of the Hair Cart

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

This was bound to happen. As the cart-food obsession rages on in Portland, other businesses are copping to it. This city already has a handful of clothing stores on wheels, and as of this Valentine's Day, we'll have a hair salon in a cart, too. Robin Carlisle's Holiday Hair Studio is parked on SE 28th, between Ash and Pine, and promises "pink damask wallpaper and a vintage vanity surrounded by a halo of bulb lights... fresh Parisian Macarons baking right on board in its miniature oven... [and a] refurbished 1929 seltzer bottle used to serve clients pomegranate spritzers." Sounds kind of great, doesn't it?


Monday, October 4, 2010

Somewhere Nicole Richie is Weeping

Posted by Marissa Sullivan on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

For those of you who don't know, the Brazilian Blowout is getting into some "Hot Water" so to speak. Recent tests by Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health agency and Oregon Health & Science University show this particular straightening solution emits high levels of formaldehyde, which is cancer causing. The treatment has always been described as safe and harmless, but we might be finding out otherwise.

Here's Melanie Mesaros, who works for the state agency that protects workers from harmful chemicals.

We obtained these samples from a couple different salons. We keep getting the same result. So we feel pretty good about what we're finding, and that is there is formaldehyde in this product.

Sorry Nicole... I wonder if her hair is going to start looking like this again?


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Period-Perfect Hair

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Beauty Bar is living up to its name this weekend, hosting a hairstyling workshop guided by Kristen Behlings. For $20 (pre-pay/register here) she'll teach you how to create two authentic vintage hairdos. Just show up w/your hair curled—even better, still in rollers, bring a freestanding mirror and a brush, and she'll take care of the rest. Meanwhile DJ AM Gold will augment the atmosphere, and the bar'll be pouring out cocktails like bars are wont to do.




Friday, September 17, 2010

Seeing Red

Posted by Marissa Sullivan on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I have been wanting to die my hair red for over a year now, after seeing this picture on Garance Dore.


So yesterday I walked into AKASU Salon and Spa for a day of pampering. First was the color and cut by Allison Cox, then I had my brows shaped and tinted by Sarah Mathis. And now for the big reveal...





Talk about nailing the color. It's exactly what I wanted!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Short Cuts

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 10:52 AM

After religiously farming my hair as long as it will go for the past half-decade, the idea of cutting it short is both intriguing and terrifying. Whether or not you've already been contemplating the cut, Au Salon, Bonnet, and Great Lengths are teaming up to help motivate you take the plunge. This Sunday (8/15), from 3-6 pm at Bonnet (412 NW 11th), you can donate your hair if you've got eight inches or more worth of ponytail, which Great Lengths will then weave into wigs for those going through chemotherapy, working in partnership with the Portland chapter of the American Cancer Society. To ease you through the process—which, really, is probably going to feel great and fresh and liberating, Au will give you a professional new short-shorn look, and Bonnet will kick in a new hat. If you're thinking of taking the plunge, check out some of the short-hair looks I might consider:





Ready to do it? Call or the store for an appointment: 503-954-2271

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kim Namanny Meets Prance & Swagger

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:52 AM

My hairstylist Kim Namanny recently took over the light-flooded studio she works out of in the Ford Building on SE 11th and Division, and she's quickly making the place her own. She's added Melody Geer as studio mate, and now she's adding... clothing! Word is she'll have a rack with some locally designed clothing (I've a message out to see if she's made any selections), but I'm very excited that Prance & Swagger is contributing some of the higher end items from their impressive vintage collection. Here's a sampling:





Need an appointment?: (503) 309-6008.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New From Haunt: Photos, Wedding Hair, Fashion Show, Knitting Classes, and Martha Stewart

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Loving the latest images of Holly Stalder's recent work:


Other things to look forward from the Haunt duo—Stalder and Laura Irwin of Precious Knit, who's branching out with coats and chiffon scarves—is a forthcoming collaborative bridal hair line.


Summer scarf by Irwin

They're also in the midst of planning a fashion show to take place in the courtyard out front of the 811 building sometime in September.


Always a favorite for bridal wear, Stalder has one of her shrugs featured in this month's Martha Stewart Magazine

Additionally, this fall Irwin will begin teaching knitting classes at the studio.


There's a lot going on down at the shop. Go peek if you haven't already.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Subject to Season

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM

The devil, as they say, is in the details, and an upcoming event will let you peek behind the doors of some of Portland's best accoutrements at this group open-studios event at the Ford building (corner of SE Division and 11th): Hazel Cox jewelry:


Kim Namanny hair (she does my hair!):


Fieldwork Floral Operation flowers:


Olo Fragrance:


I recommend dabbling with all four... Check them out at Subject to Season July 10 from 4-8 pm. You can hit the break for the lovely flyer, too.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bishops in Sellwood

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I have a pet theory that Sellwood is going to be the next hip neighborhood in Portland. Apparently Bishops agrees, since that is where they've decided to open their next location. I'm betting there will be mood-board collages of magazine cut-outs on the walls and High Life in the fridge, but I'm going to check it out at Saturday's grand opening just to be sure (non-beer drinkers, rejoice: the party is sponsored by House Spirits)!


Party's at 8. Address: 7861 SE 13th.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Girl Night" at The National Beauty

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM

There have been changes afoot in the mezzanine of longtime downtown shoe retailer Johnny Sole, where a salon called The National Beauty has been operating since mid-October. They've also introduced a new series of events, "Girl Night" and "Guy Night," which sound very similar to shopping-industry events like Crave, etc, but on a more intimate scale, with apparently no cover charge or pre-registration required. Tonight is the second event geared toward "girls," with boutiques (other than Johnny's) Narcisse and Gypsy Chic representing, as well as local jewelers (Cindy Jack Feathers, Marlee Gaddis), a Gyrotonics demo, lingerie, fragrance, and Botox OH MY! Sate your curiosity at 815 SW Alder at 6 pm, tonight. And if you know a man who might be interested, there's a "Guy Night" coming up on the 16th, same time, same place.


Looks like some great views from the salon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kevin Murphy Reveals the Hair of Melbourne Fashion Week

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 10:55 AM

There's another opportunity coming up to learn some tress tricks from a hair star, this time Kevin Murphy, whose has the distinction of being the hair director of Melbourne's spring fashion week. On October 22, 7-9 pm, for $45 at the Ace Hotel Cleaners, you can join him for in-depth demos on live models, with drink and appetizers to follow. Call 800-251-4247 x. 226 to register.


Murphy's long wavy handiwork on the runway.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ken Gets a Rape 'Stache

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

What is it about mustaches that automatically turn people into serial rapists? Check out this 1973 commercial for Quick Curl Barbie and Mod Hair Ken, where Barbie gets carried away by Ken's new rape-o 'stache… LITERALLY!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

North American Sidlab Hair Couture Event

Posted on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Do you enjoy styling hair and not getting breast cancer? Well, this is the event for you! Sidlab Haircouture, a Portland-based hair product company whose products are paraben-free, is coming to the Doug Fir's DreamBOX Theater on October 5th for a night of food, drinks, and styling instruction. For $25, participants have the chance to learn Balayage highlighting, editorial styling, and other hair-related techniques I've never heard of. What's more, Eric Alan Nelson, founder of Sidlab and hater of cancer-causing hair product ingredients, will be there hosting the event, in addition to Steve David, an editorial stylist whose webpage quote is "The number one best product for your hair is Passion." (I guess I can throw away my curl-defining mousse and start throwing some passion up there instead.) David, by the way, is kind of a big deal; he's one of the country's top stylists, and he's done work for Dolce & Gabbanna, Elle, W, Vogue, and LA and NY fashion weeks. But that's not all, folks! Special guest Parker Dutro from Edward Wadsworth Salon will be sharing some hair cutting techniques for the new year, AND-to make things exciting with a little nepotiz-Eric Alan Nelson's brother Richard will be there, too. I suppose it's not really nepotism, since Richard is the Senior Colorist at Frederic Fekkai in Beverly Hills, and he'll be teaching some coloring techniques, and he therefore probably deserves to be there...but it's more exciting if we say it's nepotism. In any case, he will be there along with everyone, cutting and coiffing and laughing and having a ball. They'll be showcasing some looks that will come out at Portland Fashion Week, too, so it should be a fun time. If nothing else you can have a few drinks and find out what the heck Balayage is.

Is this Balayage highlighting? Who knows!
  • Is this Balayage highlighting? Who knows!

That's Monday, October 5th at the Doug Fir, 6-9pm!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hair Today: NAHA First Thursday Event

Posted by Hannah Franklin on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Do you buy hair magazines even if you're not getting a haircut anytime soon and have had the same 'do for the past five years? Are the extravagant coifs your favorite part of runway shows? Well, tonight you're in luck! Four talented Portland stylists had entries accepted for the NAHA competition (North American Hairstylist Award), the most prestigious and selective honor in the industry. For first Thursday, the stylists will be presenting pictures as well as live demonstrations of the styles they entered for the "NAHA Night of Art and Fashion" at the EWF Modern showroom in the Pearl (1122 NW Glisan). There's no cover charge and there will be pie from the Pie Spot, so you kind of don't have any excuse to not go.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hair makeover winner!

Posted by Brett Glass on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 4:22 PM

So last week, we offered one lucky reader a complete hair makeover with Dayna at Belle Epoque salon. The lovely Petra Whitacre emailed us with this complaint: "I'm tired of being mistaken for a teenager, and also being mistaken for a goody two shoes."
While I can't really sympathize with being mistaken for a teenager (unfortunately) I do know what it's like to want to look like you could, maybe, if there wasn't, like, a test or anything that day, cut class.
See Petra's transformation (plus tips from Dayna for maintaining colored hair) after the jump!
Petra before:

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Win! Hair makeover!

Posted by Brett Glass on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Have you had the same hair for more than two years? Are you bored? Did you just go through a bad breakup? Time for a makeover!
Everyone loves a makeover. Especially me. Which is why I arranged a makeover giveaway with the fantastic Belle Epoque Salon. One MOD reader will win a complete makeover—consultation with owner and master stylist Dayna Cakebread, cut, color and her photo here, for all the world to see.
Email Dayna a photo, why you want new hair and what you'd like your new hair to look like by next Friday, July 24th.
Just make sure you're ready for a complete new look. I want some very dramatic before and after photos to post, okay?
Email Dayna at:

Oh Drew! You can do no wrong.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Portland's Hot Hair Challenge (This Could Go Poorly)

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM

I find it somehow charming that this contest is sponsored by the Northwest Resource Credit Union (there you go, guys—got me). The Hot Hair Challenge is this: You make an appointment at one of the participating salons for a cut or style (Orchid Salon, Bella Pearl, Bob Shop, Hello Gorgeous, Blue Chair Salon, Leepin Lizards, Blades Hair Studio, Europa Hair Salon, Pulse, Pigment, Rootz, and Grace Hair Salon). When you're all done, they take a photo of you which is then posted on the Hot Hair Challenge Flickr page. Then you round up everyone you know to dogpile the Flickr page with positive* comments on your hairdo—the winner with the highest volume of comments when the contest closes ("around July 22nd," with winners announced on August 10th) will get a $100 gift certificate to the salon that did you right, and the stylist will walk with a $100 Visa gift card, and everyone else is reminded that local credit unions with all their clean(er) hands and personalities and stuff are lookin' pretty cute these post-economic-apocalypse days.

While you get on it with that, the Flickr page is meanwhile filled with placeholder images of celeb portraits of yore. This one is given pride of place at the top of the page—nice choice.


*Perhaps (okay, it's quite likely), the ingrates in Blogtown's comment section (which is not to say, of course, that they are all ingrates) have jaded me, but my first thought was a fear of, um, less than positive comments. Let's hope someone's keeping an editorial eye out over there, yeah?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Day That Bishops Got Gay

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Holly Johnson of Bishops Barbershops sent me (okay, a little belatedly) some snaps of the Bishops float from last weekend's Pride Parade, which naturally was festooned with hair of every shade. In case you missed what was reportedly a humdrum affair overall, here's a glimpse:



Friday, May 15, 2009

Tidy Manly Bits

Posted on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM

If the impending 80° weather isn't enough to get you into a summertime grooming frenzy, then maybe this will:


That's right, men, $50 and you're nice and tidy for 3-6 weeks, respectfully.

Wax On will be offering the special $50 deal on Sundays only starting this weekend and going through June 21st, which just happens to be Father's Day.

Please note: You must make an appointment to receive this special offer!
So be sure to call ahead and book with Cass at the East Burnside location or Lindsay at the North Williams location. Enjoy! And don't forget to pop a few Tylenol before you go...

Friday, May 1, 2009


Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, May 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM

There's a new line of haircare products created by Portland stylist Thad Grace of of Grace Salon, called Mada, which I've been using on my own hair for the past couple weeks. (Caveat for the religiously locavoric: the products themselves are manufactured in Canada.)

The essential challenge with marketing hair and beauty products is that there are too many on the market, and most of the decent ones are interchangeable. As someone who's had a lifelong fascination with beauty products, half the joy is just changing the scenery in my bathroom, trying something new every time. Something has to be downright life-altering to extract anything resembling brand loyalty. And as I've waded, happily fickle, through the many great products on the market guided by recommendations, promotions, and occasionally politics, my preferences are often defined just by what smells nice.

One of the side effects of this over-saturation of product options is that new products are left to the uphill challenge of attracting attention and distinguishing themselves from the fray. Mada has taken one such tactic with their shampoos, which come in spray form. The press materials that accompanied my samples reasoned, among other advantages, that the innovative spray bottle delivery would enable greater "accuracy." I have never in my post-No More Tears shampoo life suffered from inaccurate shampooing (even in my days of dyed-red, roots-only aiming), but I like a novel application of product as well as the next gal, and like I said I'm sympathetic to the need to differentiate.

That said, there's just no getting around the fact that this is a bad idea. It is simply impossible to spray a sufficient amount of shampoo on your head to get a decent lather without also inhaling a fair amount of the spray. The shampoo once applied performs perfectly well, but it just doesn't make sense that it should come at the cost of coughing on chemicals in the shower.


To be fair, the spray action in this photo is fancier than the normal pump bottle my sample came with, but if that's what makes all the difference, they might have included it.

I also tried a spray conditioner with SPF and a shine spray, the effects of both somewhat difficult to gauge, being that on the first couple applications I apparently over-applied, and my hair looked greasy, which scared me off of anything but the lightest spritz. (Note: the conditioner can be used in between washings on dry hair but is no stand-in for an oil absorbing powder.) The one product I absolutely love from Mada is the hydrating (non-spray!) conditioner:


This is whipped delightfully light, almost like a foam, and it instantly melts any tangles completely out of my long hair. I can run my fingers all the way through without it snagging in the shower, without any combing or pre-shower brushing, and I don't have to use gratuitous amounts of it to get the effect. It's awesome.

Another neat trick Mada has up its sleeve is that you can enter information on your hair type through a web site function called Mada for Me, where you plug in info about your hair type for product recommendations. Never mind that my relatively simple criteria (long, wavy, untreated) yielded no less than seven products—the joy of digitized customization still has not worn off since it was introduced in the makeup sections of drug stores when I was just a wee product obsessive, and it's easy enough to edit suggestions down to what you'll actually use.

Oh, and most important: the scent is one of the better ones. Find Mada online, and look for it at Grace Salon and others in the Northwest.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust: Dirty Little Secret

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Can somebody please do something about this economy problem? Please? I know it's not as exciting as a sex scandal, but it's pretty suck. Seriously, get on it.

The latest victim: Dirty Little Secret. And quickly too: The salon, where many a Portlander has gotten their hair did, and which only a few years ago was doing well enough to have expanded and began offering a full range of spa service, is officially shut as of February 1st. As in, two days from now. The upside, if there is one, is that they will be having a fire sale/farewell open house on Sunday, Feb 8, 12-6 pm, with "tons of cool tables, cubbies, chairs, lights, vanities, massage/spa/salon equipment, some product, etc., all on sale—make an offer style."

If you've ever been to the salon (even if only to party after a show at Dunes), then you know how cool these people are. Time to pour some out for your homies, as they say.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Behind the Scenes

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 9:34 AM

UPDATE! This event was canceled due to the weather. Boo!

If you're planning to venture out into the elements this weekend (I can't imagine how else we're supposed to finish our shopping and shipping), consider popping into the ooncey warmth of Aura for makeup, hair products, and vodka. It's "Behind the Scenes," billed as an event that transports you to the backstages of fashion shows, with professionals demonstrating product while you sip on vodka tastings from Artisan Spirits. While the makeup featured raises my hackles because it's apparently another multi-level marketed company (Is it just me, or are there suddenly more of these? Is it an economy thing, with people looking for extra income or what? Am I over-reacting that I find it so off-putting?), I'm still interested: It's Created Natural, a local line of mineral makeup and skin care. Obviously, mineral makeup is old news, but despite the fact that a makeup artist friend dismisses it as "dirt in a bottle," I'm an adherent because it really does seem to be gentler on the skin, and I'm always extra-interested in supporting a local company. I just would rather do so at a store. Like with normal stuff. And without a company rep talking to me about "business opportunities." Anyhow... the hair care line being featured is one I'm already familiar with, and another local, Sidlab (I'm way into the cornily named but awesome Curlista curl gel, which is super hassle-free and idiot-proof to use—just comb it into damp hair and let air dry, or if you really want to get fancy, twirl up sections of your hair with it before air drying—and perfectly augments natural waves and curls), and will be demonstrated by company founder Eric Allen Nelson. Counting the vodka, that's three local product lines that will be featured at the event, so when they no doubt try to sell you things at the end of the night, any money you drop will go back into the local economy. Not a bad deal. It all goes down this Saturday, the 20th, from 6-9 pm at Aura, and will also feature a silent auction to benefit Friend in My Pocket, which sounds kind of dirty, but is actually a non-profit that... well, that has an incredibly vague mission statement. (Do I seem cranky today? Sorry.)


If there's one thing in this entire blog post that I absolutely trust, it's Curlista. (Okay, that and the vodka.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The "Lesbian-Owned, Oregon-Obsessed" Ginger Salon

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Deanna Everson, a Banks, Oregon native who spent many years trotting around the country only to return to her home state, describes herself as "obsessed with Oregon." She just opened Ginger Salon, and she's using it not just to cut, color, deep condition, and wax hair, but to showcase her loyalty to the state:

Our business goal is to make Portland a world destination for hair, fashion, art and food. The salon showcases all of Portland's finest from organic Northwest coffee and wine from Dundee Vineyards to our revolving exhibition of Northwest artists, regionally published magazines and Portland native hairstylists. We strive to bring the best that Portland has to offer to all of our clients.

I have to say that when the increased consciousness of every dollar spent, businesses like this that traffic obsessively in all things local are more appealing than ever. Couple that with supporting a queer-owned business and you are really tuned into the zeitgeist.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Stylist's Choice

Posted by Brett Glass on Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 12:16 PM

I go a little crazy if have the same haircut for more than three months (god help me if I start to go bald) and it's been six since I've really changed it up.
For inspiration, I asked asked Dayna Cakebread, owner of Belle Epoque Salon on Mississippi, to show me her favorite haircut of the season.
Modeling that cut for us today is Brandie Mannon, of Visage Eyewear.
Dayna says this cut was a team effort with Brandie, reflecting her lifestyle and flattering her face shape. In particular, I love what Dayna calls "French bangs", a short underlayer that peeks out no matter which way you part the hair. So cool!
Dayna and her staff don't really replicate haircuts. If you're ready for a new cut, go in with inspiration (maybe Brandie?) and they'll work with you to get the same feel, modified for your features and lifestyle.

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