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NOV 2018

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40 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | NOVEMBER 2018 Live & Learn/Salon of the Month INSIDE STORY: Like many success stories, this one has a humble beginning. Seven Salon (@7salon) started in 2003 as a small 10-chair salon in downtown Seattle's Hyatt Hotel. Today the impressive team of 65 hair artists operate from a 5,000-square-foot space in Washington's elite Bellevue neighborhood, home to luxe neighbors Tiffany and Tesla, among others. "Enter through our oversize double doors, and you're instantly greeted by a giant replica of a Robert Rauschenberg painting," informs general manager Monica Nguyen. The graphic artist was a famed founder of the pop art movement and his works served as inspiration for the look of the Seven haircare line, which launched in 2016. "Our stylists fi rst created those offerings because they got tired of using heavy, sticky items designed for editorial," says Nguyen. Read: Products are natural and touchable—practical for the everyday man or woman craving classically chic, moveable hair. From reception to color bar, the salon itself maintains that same effortlessly modern aesthetic. Neutral-tone wood cabinets exist in easy harmony next to pieces constructed from natural gray stone, such as the eye-catching front desk. "Local designers and upholsterers custom-built and manufactured all of our furniture," shares Nguyen. Although the brand has grown, they remember their small roots, so supporting local business remains vital. Ditto for promoting staff. "Whether assistant, stylist or front-desk employee, we invest in our people," says Nguyen. Along with a unique apprentice-training program, employees are further compensated when choosing to seek ongoing education. "We recently paid for 50 percent of a stylist's coursework at Sassoon Academy London," says Nguyen. And four-day workweeks are the norm so as to promote rested bodies and a healthy work-life balance. Seven Salon and haircare line set new standards of styling excellence. —FM COURTESY OF SALON HERO Seven Salon / Bellevue, Washington If one of our stylists wants to buy a home, we'll help them map out a purchasing strategy. If someone has a conflict, we'll switch schedules to resolve the problem. At Seven, we love and support our staff." —MONICA NGUYEN, GENERAL MANAGER Decor blends modern minimalism with eco- friendly design. MOST POPULAR SERVICE: short snips and hair lightening Seventh Heaven

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