When they're learning basic and advanced skills, student stylists at Cascade Beauty College don't just practice creating different haircuts and braids on mannequin heads. They also listen to expert guest lecturers and follow along with videos before heading to the salon floor to style a client's hair. There, intermediate-, junior-, and senior-level stylists wield products from such brands as Matrix and Enjoy while trimming split ends, adding dimension with highlights, creating bouncy curls, and blow-drying hair smooth. Instructors are onsite to give advice and look over each student's work.
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.
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.
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.
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.