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.
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.
RedWoods Salon & Spa’s staff members aren't just concerned with how their clients look after a session with them. They know that making their clients feel welcome, pampered, and relaxed is as important as making them look beautiful. To that end, they perform a range of services from hair coloring and weaves to massages and professional makeup. RedWoods' stock of beauty products keeps clients looking good, even if the butterfly dreaming about their existence is having a nightmare. The salon itself exudes tranquility, with red- and green-accent walls complementing brown earthen hues and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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.
The staff at Desert Sun Tanning work to tone the face and body, detoxify, and increase metabolism through red-light-therapy sessions and infrared body wraps. Some Desert Sun Tanning locations employ the far-infrared-heat body wrap in 50-minute treatments, during which heat-activated silicone treatment pads latch onto thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms. At other locations, patrons lie inside the Fit Bodywrap's sleeping-bag-like device for 60 minutes, gossiping and stifling giggles as the infrared rays sink in. Both wraps yield the same results, aiming to purge the body of toxins, increase metabolism, and burn calories lurking in the shadows of love handles. Fifteen-minute red-light-therapy sessions bathe the entire body in red-light waves measuring 633 nanometers, designed to attract nanoscopic surfers who trigger collagen production and reduce wrinkles with their laid-back lingo.
Under the supervision of Marino Salon and Spa Laser Clinic's medical doctor, licensed laser technicians and aestheticians James and Veronika Marino use their 18 years plus of experience to bring clients a menu of services. Veronika, the lead licensed aesthetician, runs the spa side of the business, welcoming clients into her private spa room for anti-aging treatment facials, acne treatment facials, laser services, and makeup services featuring ID Bare Minerals products. James, a certified laser technician, permanently removes hair from the faces and bodies of both men and women. When not working one-on-one with clients, Veronika and James host educational events in the spa, where they teach the importance of avoiding toxins and maintaining a healthy skin regime.