Aveda?s botanical-based products are at the forefront of any treatment at Ra Salon Spa. Massage therapists use its line of aromatic oils and nourishing lotions to knead knots, and stylists pull from its line of nourishing conditioners and styling creams when trimming split ends, adding color, or twisting hair into enchanting updos. Likewise, aestheticians use its eco-friendly serums to provide gentler forms of facial treatments. The line?s natural extracts take the place of glycolic peels to fade pigmentation and tourmaline sloughs away dead skin cells in lieu of microdermabrasion wands or tiger kisses.
Veracruz, Mexico native Ismael "Ismalss" Álvarez calibrated his keen eye for art with more than 12 combined years of image-design study in Mexico and Europe, experience as a marketing representative for an international beauty company, and involvement in several international design shows. Moonlighting as a hairstylist, Álvarez applies art and design concepts he learned throughout the years to sculpt elongated coiffures into face-flattering hairdos. Before Alvarez makes masterpieces out of manes, he listens to clients’ hairstyle aspirations and studies the way they dress and comport themselves to devise a personalized style. Like an employee at a paper-snowflake factories, he then uses a signature cutting method that involves using two pairs of scissors at the same time: one to give hair texture, and the other to perform a technique known as degrafiling, which adds or reduces volume. Álvarez specializes in asymmetrical cuts that create casual, youthful looks and performs an array of other services, such as coloring, hair straightening, and makeup application.
At age 9, Krystal Dobbins already knew that she wanted to be a stylist. She attended the Gene Juarez Academy immediately after graduating high school and earned a license in cosmetology. Armed with the skills she acquired there, she creates new looks by trimming away stray strands or adding depth and texture with color treatments and highlights. Before Krystal sharpens her scissors in G2 Salon’s backroom diamond mine, she takes time to talk with her clients and make sure that she understands exactly what they are looking for.
Rosey Perez helps enhance hokey pokeys all around the Redmond area by beautifying hands and feet with a number of mani-pedi services. Rosey's caring and gentle nature shines through as she massages hands and feet and softens skin with exfoliating scrubs, hydrating paraffin treatments, and heated masques. For those looking for more than just a simple coat of traditional color, she can also top nails with French-style tips or a durable coat of shellac polish, which is formulated to resist chips for up to two weeks.
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.
Petra Tuss—who honed her skills during extensive training with Goldwell and Scruples hair color, KMS, and American Crew—has an impressive portfolio spanning more than a decade. She can cut a sleek bob or infuse long, wavy locks with an ombre effect. She can cover select strands with foil to produce eye-catching highlights or better television reception. She can also make frizzy hair smooth with a keratin treatment that lasts up to six months.