Modern Salon

Staff

 
 

Staff

 

 
 
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kei itagaki (japanese language clients only FOR NOW)

stylist/ perm specialist/ colorist

kei is a japanese stylist and recent transplant from tokyo. he recently moved to seattle with his america wife who works for corporate nintendo in bellevue. he has been a professional stylist for ten years and comes from a hairdressing family. he is a true artist.

(CLIENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT KEI IS ENROLLED IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES AND NOT FLUENT IN ENLISH YET. HE FEELS MOST COMFORTABLE SEEING JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLIENTS. HOWEVER, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE A JAPANESE STYLIST AND YOU CAN BRING PHOTOGRAPHS OF WHAT YOU WANT AND FEEL COMFORTABLE EXPLAINING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS AND MINIMAL ENGLISH, YOU MAY MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH KEI)

birthday
february 8

pets cat named joe

favorite things
trying new restaurants with my wife. dinner with friends. playing the drums, anime.

 
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SAMANTHA MCCALL

stylist / colorist

sam started in the hair industry by working at a gene juarez salon when she was seventeen, which inspired her to enter hair school a few years later. she has been doing hair professionally for five years and TEN PACHI is thrilled to have her join our team. sam is a talented colorist and especially skilled at all-over vibrant colors and bleach and toning all-over blondes. sam is also a skilled barber and has a following of short-hair clients. when one first meets sam it can be hard to gage her personality as she can come across *northwest cool,* but very quickly one can tell she is a focused stylist, a kind human being and she has a funny, low-key, deadpan sense of humor.

birthday
october 7

favorite things
spending summers on the lake with friends and family. boating, bonfires and my two shih tsu pups; gizmo and charlotte. volunteering for worthy causes.

why did you become a stylist?
i was always the person my friends and family went to to style their hair for special occasions, even before i was professionally trained. i realized that i enjoyed that aspect of making people feel good about how they looked. and i learned that iā€™m fairly good at it.

 
 
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stella martin

senior stylist / perm specialist / manager

stella, or as we like to refer to her, the PERM-inator, has been with TEN PACHI since day one. stella traded in her first career in fashion/retail management for a career in the beauty and hair industry. stella is a graduate of the prestigious GARY MANUEL AVEDA INSTITUTE, a color specialist and a certified japanese thermal reconditioning specialist, stella has trained in new york and london.

digital perms, texture perms or straight perms -- stella is the master.

birthday
July 3

pets
two kitties. gir, and salvador

a few of my favorite things
rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens...  estate sales, little kids, kurt vonnegut and dance parties

why did you become a stylist? 
I became a stylist because I knew it was what I was meant to do. before I even committed to this profession, I would constantly analyze people's over-all style and imagine how I might change it; now I just make a living out of that.

 
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ingrid rIVERA

stylist / balayage queen

ingrid is a very kind and gentle soul. originally from the pacific northwest, she studied at the gene juarez academy and at vidal sassoon in london. ingrid is completely fluent in spanish and is currently learning to speak korean. she especially enjoys cotorriando.

a few of my favorite things
autumn, wholefoods, buzzfeed, family, netflix marathons

birthday
february 25

pets
my husband and i have plans for a dog

why did you become a stylist?
i wanted a career where i could be creative and interact with people one-on-one. i'm a bit of an introvert so i thought this was important. i've always appreciated fashion and realized the beauty industry would probably be a good fit. and i love it. i think it's awesome that i can play a role in shaping someone's personal style. i get to help people feel beautiful.

 
 
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saori ichikawa

stylist

originally from japan, saori came to the US for a college and cosmetology degree several years ago and worked at TEN PACHI as an assistant. upon graduation she returned to japan where she trained and worked as a professional hairstylist. we feel very fortunate that saori has returned to the US, along with her husband, for good, bringing her fashion-forward creativity, charm and talent back to TEN PACHI. saori is fluent in japanese and english. we're also very pleased to announce the birth of saori's baby boy! omedetou saori and ushaan.

birthday
march 5

pets
chihuahua dachshund mix dog named brownie

a few of my favorite things
yummy, sweet food, singing on the way to work, taking my dog on walks...

why did you become a stylist?
i always liked to read fashion magazines where there were lots of different hairstyles, make-up and fashions that i wanted to copy. I find pleasure in creating different styles for people. i'm passionate about what i do.

 
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Rosie richardson

senior stylist / wedding + updo specialist

* please note rosie now charges $50 for haircuts

rosie has been with TEN PACHI for several years now and is our resident make-up artist and formal occasion hairstylist. rosie can duplicate any red carpet undo and can may anyone look and feel like a celebrity on their special day. rosie has trained in london, england. now a mother of two, with her husband josh, rosie works at the salon part-time, but can accommodate special occasion hair services with adequate notice..

birthday
april 17

favorite things
trying foods i have never tasted, traveling with my husband, a really good cup of coffee, and summer evenings in alaska.

why did you become a hairstylist?
I love creating. whether its sketching, sewing, cooking or designing -- it satisfies my innermost being.
and i truly enjoy meeting and connecting with new people.
it's fun chatting with clients about their recent adventures. a trip to madagascar or the local farmers market -- i love a good story.

 
 
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yuki saito

stylist

born and raised in japan, yuki came to the US to attend art school at the university of kansas. she married her college beau and settled in seattle. yuki's styling background is very european/french pedigree. she has also trained in london. her focus is on precision and she is a serious perfectionist.don't expect lot's of superfluous chatter with yuki - she is a master haircutter and prefers to focus on her craft. haircutting, gorgeous blow-dry styling, men's cutting, and perming are yuki's specialties. 

birthday
february 4

pets
a sweet, mixed breed dog named hana.

favorite things                                                                           crafting with leather.

why did you become a stylist?
when i was in art school several years ago, i cut a few fellow students hair and before i knew it, i was in high demand. like many other artists, i knew making a living might be challenging. after graduation i did some teaching, but it just wasn't for me. i returned to the U.S. from a trip home to japan and my intuition told me to give hairdressing a try. i went to hair design school six years ago and have been in the beauty industry ever since.
i used to think my artistic, detail-oriented perfectionism was my achilles' heel -- now its my biggest asset.

 

 
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erika gregory

stylist / perm specialist / assistant manager

erika is another of our artist-turned-hairdressers. she is a truly amazing sketch and soft-sculpture artist, who is inspired by all things 'kawaii' (japanese word for cuteness). erika is a soft-spoken conversationalist with a very gentle soul. a graduate of the gary manuel aveda institute, a color specialist, certified straight perm specialist the most non-threatening perfectionist one will ever meet. and is erika brings a whole new meaning to the words detail-oriented. 

birthday
july 27th

pets
a chihuahua-dauschund mix named birdie

a few of my favorite things
going to estate sales, learning new crafts, and traveling by train

why did you become a stylist?
i love creative endeavors and love that as a hairstylist i get to be creative, but in partnership with other people, every day.

 
 

armando oducado

master stylist / colorist

armando is a salon owner in california and made the move to seattle for family in 2017. he travels back to california once a month and works at TEN PACHI three weeks a month. an all around wonderful man, and talented haircutter and colorist. TEN PACHI is so pleased to have a highlight foil specialist in the salon.

birthday
june 2

pets
a terrier mix named romeo

a few of my favorite things
family time and hunting far and wide for the best tacos.

why did you become a stylist? 
i'm creative and have always enjoyed working with my hands. once i started working with and getting to know my clients i discovered how much i really enjoy learning from connecting with others.

 
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Mizuki SAKAOKA

stylist / perm specialist

birthday
august 30

pets
an elderly pomeranian named ellie and a pitbull mix named roscoe.

a few of my favorite things
travelling, the beach, hot yoga and chocolate.

why did you become a stylist? 
japan is a culture that values collectivism over individualism. students must wear uniforms everyday and businessmen and women must wear suits without the ability to express oneself differently. this is an aspect of japan that i found very limiting. i loved learning about and expressing my individuality by fashion, makeup, hair coloring and perming as a way to be independent and individuate from monotonous and rigid cultural norms. and now i love helping others express themselves and feel good about they way they look.