The recently opened Salon Element knows how to cater to each individual's personal hair type. The salon's attentive staff clips and colors both men's and women's tresses, and also provides healing keratin treatments to help manage frizz. Additionally, waxing services remove excess body hair leaving skin smooth enough to make baby dolphins jealous.
A graduate of The Edmund Morgan School of Neuromuscular and Bodywork Therapy, Jennifer Randall tailors her of massage services to each client's unique collection of muscle knots. During Swedish-massage sessions, Jennifer begins with flowing strokes to calm nervous systems and gain the trust of exterior muscles. As frames slacken, Jennifer may target especially tense areas with increased pressure and a few disarming jokes. In contrast, deep-tissue techniques employ forceful strokes to ease injured muscles and target subterranean fibers. During neuromuscular massage therapy—also known as myofascial trigger-point therapy—Jennifer heckles sensitive areas in an attempt to increase blood flow, stretch sinews, and reinforce fatigued muscles. Expectant mothers can find relief from back pain and stress during prenatal-massage sessions.
With its crystal-laden chandelier and iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jenkins's workspace would probably look different today if not for his career change. "I actually started accounting before [styling] and totally hated it," he says. "I didn't like looking at numbers."
So in 2001, Michael made a "major switch" and embarked on a hairstyling adventure. These days, within a spacious double room rented from Sola Salon, he and his assistant Tabitha Stricklin transform hair with the aid of Keune Haircosmetics colors—which he picks for their vibrancy—and Aquage styling products.
Although Michael loves "fun, funky styles" and bold colors, he makes sure to listen carefully to his clients' desires. "I always do a consultation with the client, no matter if they've been with me 10 years or if they're new," he says. He offers them water to sip when they come in and lavishes scalps with a massage as he shampoos their hair. Dance music keeps the atmosphere upbeat as he adds texture to looks with highlights, banishes frizz with keratin treatments, and politely asks split ends to jump ship.
The staff at Simply Sassy Kids Spa knows that children aren't immune to stress, whether it's caused by school, sports, or convincing their parents to eat broccoli. That's why its colorful, pastel-hued salon aims to relax young girls and instill them with positive self-images. They accomplish this through services that add kid-friendly touches to spa classics, such as mani-pedis with bubblegum hand soaks and fizzy, ice-cream-scented footbaths. The pint-sized pamperings—which also include updos and makeup application—delight girls during everyday visits as well as parties, which let kids nibble cupcakes atop cushy beanbag chairs.
Abi Goldberg wanted to open her own spa to honor her entrepreneurial father's memory after he passed away. In 2012, Abi used her family's business instincts to rebrand her salon. Chroma Salon Spa Boutique, formerly La Chique, now features industrial chic decor with aqua-colored accents for a more modern, serene setting. Clients can still count on pampering Image Skincare facials and customized cuts, as well as wine and beer to sip or pour out in respect for recently lost locks. Abi also maintains the boutique's stock of handcrafted jewelry and accessories she personally selects from expos in New York and Atlanta.
Master stylist David Gresty and his team of highly skilled hair professionals take tresses from dull to dazzling within a cozy, century-old converted abode. Allow a Schwarzkopf-trained whisker whisperer to comfort your strands with a blanket of new hue during a European hair-coloring treatment, adding a natural tinge and Parisian breeze to your head curtain without the look of color-processed hair (a $60 value). Or, opt for a precision cut to obtain the crisp ends, exciting texture, and algebraic exactitude formerly reserved for Ruffles potato chips (a $45 value).