For Mandeep Kaur, opening her own business is something she has wanted to do since she was a teenager in the state of Punjab in India.
Now she and her friend, Jaspreet Kaur, have their opportunity as they have opened Brow &Lash Studio, a professional skincare salon in Federal Way.
“This is my dream,” Mandeep Kaur said. “I’m so happy now because I’m fulfilling my dream.”
Prior to opening the business at 30837 Pacific Highway S. in the RST Plaza, the two worked at a salon in The Commons mall. Mandeep Kaur said, however, she has always wanted to run her own business and provide the services she feels customers deserve.
“I really wanted to work my way — my way, my services, my facilities,” Mandeep Kaur said. “This is like a family salon.”
The business has only been open since May 12, but Mandeep Kaur said they already have some customers, many who already know the duo from their work in The Commons mall.
“She’s such a help to me,” Mandeep Kaur said about her friend and business partner. “She’s like a sister to me.”
While eyelash extension and tinting and eyebrow threading may be the most popular services at the salon, the pair offers facials, full-body waxing, henna tattoos and more.
Both are certified for lash and eyebrow work, while Mandeep Kaur is a licensed aesthetician and one test shy of getting her cosmetology license. Jaspreet Kaur is completing her education to become a licensed aesthetician.
Mandeep Kaur said she intends to hire more staff who will focus just on make-up, hairstyling and, eventually, nails.
“I want it to be a full-package salon,” she said.
“A one-stop-shop,” Jaspreet Kaur agreed.
Mandeep Kaur said she began her training in Punjab after finishing school at 16, when teenagers typically begin learning a vocation or trade.
She said she attended an international beauty school in Punjab and is licensed in India. Her prior experience and education benefited her when receiving her education at a beauty school in Renton, where Jaspreet Kaur also attends.
“Because we already have experience, we know how to do the work,” Mandeep Kaur said. “That’s why I opened my salon — because I have confidence.”
Mandeep Kaur said she and Jaspreet are always learning to keep up with the ever-changing beauty trends so they can provide the best services they can for their customers. She said she is always getting ideas watching YouTube videos or seeing things on Instagram, and she and Jaspreet try new things on each other all the time.
“If I like it, I know people will love it,” she said.
Mandeep Kaur said she also learned about running a business while working at a number of salons in the area since moving from India six years ago with her husband.
Mandeep Kaur said, working at those other places, she knows what types of service, as well as the standard of service she wants to provide.
“Here good service means safe service,” she said. “I’m very strict on that.”
Customer safety and hygiene are the top priorities, as are customers’ comfort. Mandeep Kaur said the salon, its equipment and products will always be clean and sterile, and the atmosphere friendly and inviting for regular customers or people walking in from the street. Mandeep Kaur said they also offer treatments that suit every budget because she believes everybody deserves to be happy.
“This is a family salon,” she said.
Brow &Lash Studio is currently open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
People can visit the Brow &Lash Studio Facebook page or call 206-380-6499 or 253-545-8421 for more information or to make an appointment.