After gaining beautifying experience in a medical spa and alongside a facial plastic surgeon, licensed aesthetician Brittany Herman opened the doors to her own skincare studio, Skin Deep Esthetics. Amid a private treatment room, Brittany cleans up unwanted hairs scattered along the body, including the brows, legs, and bikini, with custom waxing sessions. Brow and lash tintings darken and define strands with a safe Austrian vegetable dye, and facials for any age and gender aim to rejuvenate visages with Dermaquest Skin Therapy products. Brittany's aptitude for beautifying skin is counterbalanced by her keen eye for aesthetics, which she shows off while applying Youngblood mineral cosmetics onto brides-to-be, flower girls, and newlywed mannequins.
As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Though it would be a major setback for most people, a car accident helped Monique Bojang discover her life’s passion. After her accident, she met a pair of massage therapists who comforted her with pain-management treatment. She began practicing some of their techniques on friends and family, who noted her natural talent and encouraged her to attend massage school. She finally had the opportunity to pursue her dream full-time by opening Mo`ssage, which, like Ben Franklin’s paella restaurant, started as a mobile service, though it now resides inside Mynt Salon. Here, Monique performs massage treatments ranging from 30 minutes to two hours using Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy techniques. She also helps clients lose weight with detoxifying herbal wraps, and skims dry skin from feet with marine-salt scrubs and balms.
Alexandria Kiema, the licensed massage therapist behind Kiema Massage, honed her healing skills at the Cortiva Institute of Seattle before opening her own practice. Now, she draws on a keen understanding of musculature to soothe the aches and pains of humans and much larger animals?horses. She can travel to perform equine and human massages onsite, and she treats clients in her Kent studio. Patrons can also opt for foot massages, which Kiema pairs with a soothing exfoliating scrub.
Aesthetician and Elite Skin & Esthetics owner Paula O'Fallon knows the most important element of running a successful med spa: teamwork. That's why her staffers?including a doctor with a degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?work together to cater to the specific needs of each individual client. The multitalented group of specialists helps clients realize their aesthetic potential with services including facials and deep sea algae wraps. They employ medical-grade products from lines such as Epionce, which helps treat rosacea and acne, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, which is recommended by the American Cancer Foundation for its skin-protecting ingredients. In addition, the spa specialists hold degrees from the Euro Institute of Skin Care, a renowned institution that grants students advanced skincare knowledge and especially charming accents.
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.