Great hair begins by carefully listening to your needs, discovering the right fit for your personality and understanding what you want to achieve. Your hair is a reflection of your personality and it is my job to bring this out in your cut. I consider my service most successful when your inner beauty shines through and your confidence increases. I call it “hair seduction.”

My promise to you is that when you leave my chair, your hair will look beautiful. I will take the extra time to educate you on how to nourish and care for your hair. I’ll show you how to style it and make it look perfect each morning.


I was born in Haiti, an island with a turbulent and rich cultural history surrounded by some of the most exquisite beaches and people. As a child, it is undoubtedly the place that most influenced my desire to work as an artist through my discovery of such incredible natural beauty.

My fascination with hair began at a young age. I was only seven years old when I performed my first haircut for a friend. While I didn’t understand it at first, I still recall that incredible feeling I experienced as a passion was born inside me.

I’ve always been passionate about the environment, which is the reason I studied Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices in college. After receiving my degree, I realized that something was still missing and decided to enroll in beauty school with the talented team at Gene Juarez. I got an incredible education with Gene Juarez and have been working at their downtown salon since.

I also believe that travel and experience with global style trends is an integral part of being a good hairstylist. I’ve spent the past few years traveling the world to get additional education and training from some of the top talent in the beauty industry.


I was fortunate enough to go to Paris to do a workshop with Jacques Destange, La Biosthetique Paris in Canada and Bumble & Bumble in New York City. This experience has also afforded me the pleasure of working at eco fashion week in both Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.

Where does my inspiration come from? I love to travel and find beauty in the ordinary. I am moved by fashion, music and dance. I enjoy the creative opportunities I’ve been given working backstage at editorial and fashion events. But more than anything, I find incredible energy in volunteering in the community.

When you sit in my chair, you can expect impeccable attention to quality and a haircut that is much more than a trim. I want to improve your confidence, your mood and your outlook on life. Let’s make you shine!


As a hairstylist, I see beauty in everyone, though not everyone can see it in themselves.Whether it be financial hardships, relationship conflicts, or other tough times, I want everyone to see how beautiful they really are. I want to give everyone the experience of finding joy in their own beauty.

That is why I love to participate in non-profits that give back to our community. One such organization is the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has been making a difference in cancer patient’s lives since 1998. I volunteer with them by providing free haircuts and consultations to men and women undergoing chemotherapy. When I am talking to someone who has to shave their head due to cancer, it’s an emotional and devastating decision. Supporting them through this time has made me a better hairstylist and opened my eyes to see how radiant inner beauty really is.

I also participate with The Beyond Project, an organization that puts on events around Seattle for women in shelters who don’t get the luxury of walking into a salon on a regular basis. The Beyond Project does a fabulous job providing free haircuts, makeovers, nails, yoga and more. Don’t be surprised if you spot me in the middle of Pioneer Square with scissors in hand. I go wherever the need is.

And finally, I love partnering with United Way. They are one of the biggest influences in the Seattle community. One of my favorite annual events they put on is the Community Resource Exchange. Hundreds of hairstylists and other volunteers help provide basic services to those in need. In the past few events, I did almost 30 haircuts a day. I’m excited to try and beat that for this year’s event.

Giving back is at the core of who I am. It is something I look forward to and prioritize in my life. One haircut, one smile, one act of service can make this world a better place.

The single one reason for me to visit Gene Juarez in Downtown Seattle is Yvey Valcin. From the cut to the styling, to the feel, the artist knows what he is doing. I recommend him to anyone seeking style, fabulous hair tips, and good hair lovin’.
— Oriel
Elegance, sophistication, and beauty are the words that come to mind when I think of how Yvey Valcin approaches his work. His technique is precise and attention to detail is impeccable, but those are the fundamentals. Yvey’s unique work, however, lies in his instinctive understanding of a client’s raw beauty. It is his ability to design a look which is naturally glamorous and yet practical.
— Jessica


Benedetto Salon
1125 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101



Tue – Sat, 10 am – 7 pm

Closed Mondays and Sundays



(425) 208-5634