Melange Hair Studio prides itself on its highly trained staff, which includes an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, and upscale space with dangling lights and elegant stone accents. As the friendly stylists revamp looks with salon services ranging from basic cuts and colors to perms and up-dos, aestheticians draw from a shelf filled with premium Sircuit Cosmeceuticals and Dermalogica products to unearth fresher, younger looking skin. The staffers can also slough off dead skin cells with a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand, wax brows into shapely arches, or tint lashes.
For five years, PinUpGirl! has assisted mortal mademoiselles in releasing the glam goddesses within. With a selection of services ranging from simple (false eyelashes) to sublime (private photo-shoot parties), the accomplished staff specializes in crafting confidence and bolstering flirtatiousness in women of all ages, sizes, and shyness levels. When an occasion calls for some extra ooh la la, morph into Bettie Page, Josephine Baker, or a combination of the two with a customized beauty makeover. For a retro package sure to please an ogling, aWOOga-ing public, PinUpGirl!’s styling mavens fashion hair into the perfect frame to offset your freshly painted face.
As a third-generation stylist, Toni Neal grew up learning how to handle and treat hair. She watched her mother teach cosmetology, and she even helped her grandmother run the family salon. These formative experiences inspired Toni to continue the family tradition, and she eventually opened her own salons. She's hired a staff of haircare professionals who share her passion for using artistic intuition coupled with the latest cosmetic advancements to give clients distinctive, yet natural styles that flatter all hair types. At Toni Neal Salon Theory, the team specializes in using extensions to add length, fullness, or even a splash of color to clients' hair, though the stylists are equally adept at basic trims, styling sessions, and bubblegum-removal treatments.
Matt Janke dreamed of landing the perfect glass-blowing job. After moving to Atlanta in 1986, he realized there wasn't a single glass studio in town, granting his art a ready-made niche. After settling in, he returned to grad school, earning an MFA in glass with the intent to launch his own university program and ultimately procure his own space. By the time he graduated in 1992, Matt further honed his skills, stockpiled equipment, and, in 1996, opened his own studio and hired himself.
Beyond the perks of being his own boss, having his own studio affords Matt a great deal of creative freedom. He infuses all his handblown light fixtures, tumblers, and vases with the prismatic swirls of his signature style, in which precise lines and natural variations vie for attention across undulating surfaces. A downtown gallery space facilitates sales of these works.
But the studio has also fulfilled more than Matt's original goal of finding glass-blowing employment, going on to catalyze a glass-blowing community. From single apprentices in the early days, the studio is now a full-fledged classroom, with space for five instructors, a dozen students, and the kilns that must melt their glass until they each finish their training by capturing and taming a fire-breathing dragon.