Starting in 1985 with a single location on Pacific Highway, Stan Parente proceeded to build a large client base at his eponymous salon, eventually expanding to his current locations in Federal Way, Maple Valley, and Bellevue. Despite the steady march of his hair empire, Parente remains true to the fundamentals that led to his initial success. He still works onsite in each salon and keeps shelves stocked with products from quality brands such as Oribe Hair Care and Bumble and bumble. Professional seminars and practice sessions hone stylists' skills until they can make unkempt hair arrange itself with a single, intimidating glance. Each location boasts its own unique aesthetic: Federal Way is decked out in vibrant yellow walls and high ceilings, Maple Valley sports rich wooden floors and brick walls, and the newly remodeled Bellevue branch is kitted out with corrugated-metal stations and unvarnished, wooden walls.
Pink Dahlia Spa is a soothing day and beauty spa dedicated to pampering with a diverse selection of services. Hardwood floors and soft lighting inform the homelike environment, and licensed aestheticians make guests feel at as ease as a polar bear in a walk-in freezer. Offering facials and massages, the staff strives to use primarily organic skincare products, such as the line from Vera Botanica. They're happy to work on Brazilian bikini lines with sugaring, the spa's new hair-removal treatments.
BeBe Hair Salon is all about hair. Whether getting rid of unwanted stubble or grooming the locks that reside on top of heads, the staff works hard to maintain clients’ exteriors. With the help of wax, aestheticians remove hair from faces, legs, and arms. Stylists also keep their scissors sharp and combs clean six a days a week for men, women, and children in need of haircuts, coloring treatments, and updos.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.