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.
Although the aestheticians at Neo Electrolysis and Beauty Center elongate eyelashes and apply permanent cosmetics, the sole focus of their business is hair removal. Electrolysis technicians rid skin of unwanted fuzz one follicle at a time, waxing techs swipe away bristles by the swath, and threading experts tighten up eyebrows and clear away facial hair with chemical-free cotton thread. The team has refined each of these techniques over the course of its 23-year history to such a degree that each treatment is customized to the individual client.
Smooth, hairless expanses of skin are a specialty at Unique Threading and Body Wax, where aestheticians perform three types of hair removal. They infuse natural plant waxes with essential oils for waxing sessions, maneuver loops of cotton thread to remove hair on the face or neck, and apply a gentle sugar gel to defuzz sensitive areas. Facials incorporate Ayurvedic herbs and fruit extracts, and henna tattoos adorn skin with ornate designs.
To measure her success as a hairstylist, Empire Beauty School grad Felice relies on one metric: the smile that stretches across her client's face after an appointment. At Ladi Bella Chic HairCo, Felice performs hair services ranging from simple cuts and styles to transformative sessions that leave clients with healthy hair and chic finishing.
Life Color Contempo Day Spa is a one-stop shop for clients' beauty needs. Facials refurbish sensitive and combination skin with rebalancing cleansers and gentle masks. Other face-improving services include teeth whitening, wrinkling-blasting Botox injections, and eyelash extensions. Spray tans imbue bodies with an all-over glow, and rapid weight-loss treatments help reshape physiques.