About the Team

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Eric

Eric Found himself at a crossroads after getting his Accounting Degree from Washington State University. He did not feel passionate about accounting and kept searching for his path. Later that same year he found himself enrolled at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute. Through the extensive 11 month training program, he was offered a position at an advanced training academy at the Gary Manuel Salon.  During the year and a half of rigorous training at Gary Manuel Salon, he was able to sharpen his craft. While learning from various stylists, he picked up skills that he was able to apply to his own clients. The most important aspect of the beauty industry that he learned was the art of making people feel good about themselves. Eric’s philosophy is, “If I can change someone's perspective about themselves in 45 min or less, I’ve done my job and money will follow.” Eric believes in creating a safe space for his clients. “My chair is an open door.”

Eric is a true colorist at heart. His passion lies in creating beautiful blondes, rich brunettes, spicy reds, long hair, short hair, and men’s cuts. Eric always delivers and brings confidence to each guest with every glance in the mirror.

Eric is a native Californian turned Seattleite who enjoys charcuterie and wine.

Come meet Eric and sit in his chair!

*Eric is available to take clients on Sundays only!

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Kalani

Kalani is a Seattle native who grew up in Shoreline. For as long as she can remember, she loved playing with hair and makeup. She enjoyed styling her dolls and changing their looks. When Kalani graduated from high school, she took a year to discover her passions and realized she wanted to pursue a career in the beauty industry. She began touring schools and chose to attend Gene Juarez Academy in North Seattle. At Gene Juarez, Kalani applied herself and really absorbed the information taught. Being detail oriented and understanding the importance of a consultation were some of the traits that helped Kalani do well in beauty school. She loved working on clients and knew she could excel in this industry. Kalani has been a licensed cosmetologist for almost 4 years now. She is always open to learning and expanding her industry knowledge. She has attended multiple continuing education courses including a lash extension certification course. Kalani was certified through Xtreme Lash and has been doing lashes for a year now. Kalani is passionate about her chosen path and loves making her clients feel beautiful. She feels that building a relationship with every client is important in fulfilling her job. She strives to be more than a service provider.

Kalani specializes in Blondes, Foilayage, Balayage, Ombres, and Lash Extensions.

If you want glam Kalani is your girl!

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TORI

Tori grew up right here in the heart of the city in the Central District. As a kid, Tori’s grandmother assigned her the chore of doing the whole family’s haircuts and styles for events and gatherings. Even though it was treated as a chore by family, Tori really enjoyed it. Tori officially started her journey in the beauty industry while she was still in high school. Her school had a running start cosmetology program so she signed herself up. While doing the cosmetology program, Tori would attend her regular high school courses. She would always look forward to leaving campus and heading to her cosmetology program. After Tori graduated from high school, she had the option of continuing the program she was in or move on to a more intensive program. Tori decided that she wanted to take her education to the next level. So she enrolled in the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute. Once at Gary Manuel, she could tell she had made the right choice. The community she became a part of and the diversity of the clientele ignited her passion. Training in Capitol Hill shaped her as a stylist. The vibrant city and its people showed her how being different can be beautiful. Her artistry and talent have contributed to her love for all hair goals. From subtle blended colors to eye catching fashion colors, Tori can create your desired look. She aspires to make each client feel unique and in love with their own individuality.

Tori specializes in fashion colors, blondes, balayage, highlights, cuts of all kinds, braiding, and styling.

When Tori is not doing hair and transforming people she is hanging out with her dog Bruno.

Stop by Sugar & Shears and experience Tori’s artistry today!

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BELLA

Bella has been an Aesthetician for 11 years, with 9 of those years spent practicing as a Master Aesthetician. She graduated from the Aesthetics program at Green Wood Academy in 2008, then completed the Clover Park Master Aesthetics program in 2010.  Bella pursued Aesthetics because she likes problem solving and can apply those skills with skincare. Her Master License provides a broader scope of practice. Bella has developed her skills in a variety of spa environments which makes her knowledge vast and adaptable. From medi-spas to sugaring studios, she has been able to customize and tailor her treatments to suit any and every skin care concern that her clients face. Bella received sugar hair removal training through Sugar of the Nile and has extensive knowledge about medium depth peels, long term brow correction, decongesting pores, evening out the skin texture, and customized facials. Bella describes herself as an environmentalist at heart. She works exclusively with non-toxic, cruelty-free and plant-based brands. She also loves providing skin care consultations to help clients develop personalized skin care routines at home.

When Bella is not spreading skin care love, she is gardening, researching skincare trends and products, and hanging out with her pup Loki.  

Bella wants you to love the way you look and boost your confidence. She preaches self-love and appreciation.

Step into her treatment room and let your confidence shine!