Jamaican-born Sophia Johnson, owner and master stylist of SoKai Salon, became enthralled with tendrils as a child, immigrating at age 14 to New York where she began working part-time at a hair salon. Her part-time passion turned to a full-time career and, after training in New York City, earning a business degree, and snipping strands as a master stylist at two salons, she relocated to Atlanta to open SoKai Salon. Since then, Sophia has integrated her love for artistic expression—the name SoKai stands for a “community of artists devoted to their art”—with her knack for taming strands, enlisting a team of stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists to beautify and relax the masses. SoKai Salon supplies its diverse client base with everything from standard cuts and color services to more alternative cosmetic treatments such as colon hydrotherapy and ionic footbaths.
Specializing in hair-removal techniques both old and new, the staff at Beautyworks ensures smoothness across the skin’s entire surface. Aestheticians call upon the ancient technique of threading to shape brows and remove upper-lip or sideburn stubble. Both men and women can stop in for a wax on areas including the arms, legs, and bikini line, or achieve the texture of a newborn coconut with a full-body wax. Aside from hair removal, the beauty specialists add flirtatious volume to winks with lash tinting, and clean and revitalize skin with organic facials.
Medical aesthetics specialist Lisa Mangrum brings almost 20 years of experience and an arsenal of advanced technology to her med spa. Peels, photofacials, and microdermabrasions work together to refresh complexions, and a quartet of carefully calibrated lasers lets staff adapt hair-removal treatments to different skin and hair types. Injectables, such as Botox, aim to smooth out facial contours, and permanent makeup leaves mugs photo-ready, even when doused in Gatorade after a spelling-bee win.
Inside Miracle Beauty Salon, rows of recessed lighting illuminate sleek black salon chairs used during haircuts and henna-infused coloring services. Specialists apply the henna dyes to the skin as an artistic tattoo, allowing clients to express themselves by imbuing their skin with flowing designs or semipermanent tic-tac-toe games. The beauty team also performs traditional services including body waxing and eyebrow threading.
At I-Too, a team of experienced aestheticians works tirelessly to capture and eradicate errant hair using a combination of traditional and modern methods. An ancient Eastern art, eyebrow threading uses only a small, 100% cotton thread and the skillful hands of its master to carefully remove renegade forehead follicles. The process achieves finely sculpted brows by twisting the thread around the offending strands, evicting them quickly, painlessly, and before they can ask for their security deposit back. Because it doesn't strip the top layer of skin, threading is an appropriate technique for all skin types, causing minimal irritation or emotional distress to the face.
Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha leads a well-rounded team of beauty-boosters in gently banishing unwanted body fur. The LightSheer XC Diode laser is safe for all skin types and hair colors, and it includes a handheld cooling device to keep clients comfortable and unintimidating to ice cream. During each hair-removal session, the high-tech gadget shines long pulses of brightness down on pesky fuzzies, which have been afraid of the spotlight ever since forgetting lines in their high school's production of Oklahoma. Once hairs stop quaking in their roots, they evacuate the body, leaving smooth skin behind as a parting gift.