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.
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.
Inside the two-story brick building that houses Rivaage Salon & Medi-Spa, stylists and aestheticians traverse the sun-soaked floors to snip strands into sleek designs or improve complexions with soothing facials. Here, patrons can relax amidst minimalist designs as they partake of a wealth of salon services, including permanent waves and keratin treatments. The salon also performs microdermabrasions and waxing treatments, which, contrary to popular belief, do not turn patrons into celebrity wax statues.
Under the watchful gaze of owners Breyana and Kenny Oliver, the staff at Haute Philosophy Salon style male and female clients’ hair with the 100% sulfate-free Paul Mitchell product line. The stylists trim ends or overhaul hairdos after discussing it with the clients and their evil twin, in addition to moisturizing dry strands with Awaphuhi wild-ginger products enriched with protein and vitamins. Hair extensions in a variety of shades and textures add length and volume, or feather extensions bring bright color accents. Facial-waxing services and moisturizing hand treatments round out the list of beauty treatments. Light walls surround white styling chairs, silver chandeliers, and a color bar stocked with Paul Mitchell hues, creating a modern atmosphere with a touch of coziness from the plush couches in the waiting area and a glass dome filled with complimentary Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.
Situated on a quaint, tree-lined street in downtown Kirkland, Hair Factor & Spa's salon helps men and women sport a signature 'do with haircut, coloring, and texturizing services. After consulting with one of the attentive stylists, manes are tamed with precise snips to shape a new cutting-edge 'do or a classic style. Coloring services include permanent and semipermanent treatments to cover up grays or to help superheroes blend in with civilians. The stylists can also retexturize clients' hair, infusing locks with basic and spiral perms or performing a Japanese straightening treatment.
The stylists and aestheticians of Bella Sirena Aveda Salon rely on the plant-derived products of Aveda for their slate of salon and spa services. Each product, from shampoo to skin moisturizer, represents more than 30 years of researching the best uses for botanical ingredients, a process Aveda calls “Soil to Bottle.” Aveda products are shipped in eco-friendly packaging, earning them a respectful head nod from every plant and animal they pass.