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"Teamwork makes the dream work"

 
 
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Mindy

Hair Stylist

To book an appointment with Mindy, please call the salon at (425)562-4768 or text/call her at (425)442-0754.

Specialty

Thick/coarse hair for both men & women, 2-block haircuts, pixie cut, bobs, long layered hair, body wave perms, pretty much anything.

How did you got in the hair industry?

"When I first move to America in the 1990's, I worked at a bakery making $4 an hour in Houston that was across from a high end hair salon and always saw everybody walking out with amazing hair. I got inspired and knew I wanted to be a part of that industry where I get to bring beauty to the world.

I was motivated to get out of my bakery job where the owner took advantage of illegally paying me a very low wage under the table and made me do whatever dirty work she wasn't willing to do herself knowing that I can't find a job anywhere else with my lack of English at that time. I work hard to attend cosmetology school and as soon as I received my license to do hair, I said bye to my ex-husband and left to Seattle to be closer to my family and pursue my career.

It was very hard time looking for anywhere to take me in as a hair stylist since my English wasn't good at the time, but I was determined to not give up. It has been over 20 years since I've been in the industry and I will continue to share my craft with my wonderful clients because they are like family to me by now. I feel very happy to see my clients and listen to their stories.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

Exercise, movies, cooking, and some shopping.

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Thao

Hair Stylist

To book an appointment with Thao, please text her at (425)598-5673. You can also book online by clicking the button below.

Work Instagram: @nguyenninghair

Specialty

Men's clipper haircuts, fades, fantasy color, & permanent hair straightening.

Years of experience

Licensed since 2012

How did you got in the hair industry/business?

“I was about 10 when my dad left us with nothing, it wasn’t until I was a bit older to understand that he wasn’t interested in coming back. This leaves me growing up biter with a single mother and 2 younger siblings. By the time I was legal to work, I took that opportunity and juggled between 2 jobs while I was in high school to save for my future because I realized 2 things; I was broke, and nobody was going to come save me. I never went to college because I didn’t have the funds for it, but I’m thankful for everything that happened in my life because in that dark time was when I found the hair industry and the true happiness that it brought me to be able to pass on love and joy to other people. The type of clients I’ve built are the best people in the world, but I still never found a perfect place to serve them so I knew I had to create it. In just 4 years of working extra hard (70-100 hours a week), I was able to have my vision come true here at Lotte Hair Salon.

Even though the Seattle area is progressive compared to the rest of the country, we still live in a time where there’s still discrimination against women and minorities in the workforce so I hope to lead a good example to inspire others to strive for success regardless of their circumstances. My goal for the future includes starting a charity one day to fund children from 3rd world countries to come here to go to school for maximum opportunity in America and build an empire of strong innovative leaders. And to help more rescued dogs, they’re the cutest! Thank you for all your support and believing in me all these years.”

Zodiac Sign

Taurus; Hardworking, ambitious, independent, persistent, generous, practical, but hardheaded, stubborn, and vain.

Hobbies

When Thao is not working or writing online biographies about herself in third person, she likes read either non-fiction self help/personal finance books or Manga, watches Anime, go dancing, driving, cuddle with her dog, learning how to golf, getting more tattoos, and also finding new places to eat so she can recommend her clients to try.

Favorite thing about her work

Definitely her clients and the positive energy that they bring! She looks forward to waking up each morning to serve and make her clients happy. Her collection of plants on her station somehow keep dying, but her appreciate for your business won’t.

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Eevee

Marketing Director/CEO/Nap expert

Hello, my name is Eevee. I am a 15 year old Shih Tzu, I was abandon when I was 12 years old, luckily Emerald City Pet Rescue saved me from a high kill shelter in San Diego and my mommy, Thao found me. I tolerate all the ridiculous outfits that mom likes to dress me in only because she feed me yummy treats and love me very much. I know she works hard to give me a better life so I try to do my part and help her as much as I can at the salon by being cute to clients when I'm not busy napping.

Instagram: @ihearteevee

Favorite treat

Rotisserie chicken & turkey wrapped peanut-butter biscuit

So does your mom cut your hair too?

No, I get groom at Posh Pet in Bellevue.

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Pasco

Store Manager

"I was born in Eastern Washington in a little town called Pasco and that's where I got my name from. I had to leave my family behind and travel to Seattle to meet my adopted mom, Mindy. I didn't know what was going on so I hid under the bed everyday when I still fit there. I slowly opened up to Mindy because she show me unconditional love even when I kept biting her designer shoes when I was a puppy and curious. I am fortunate to get spoiled by everybody in the family since I'm the first dog.

Time went by really fast and I developed cataract eye problem by age 8. Mindy didn't gave up on me and spent all her savings for me to get surgery so I don't go blind. I am 12 years old now and can still see because of her working 7 days a week to provide a great life for me so I come to the salon and help out as much as I can. I may not be as energetic as I was when I was younger, but I still love Mindy very much"

Breed/Age

Shih Tzu, 13 years old