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.
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 vintage decor and funky vinyl records on the ceiling and walls of Graffiti Salon reflect the fashion-forward sensibilities of the hairdressing team, which cuts, colors, and styles locks with innovative shapes and eye-catching hues. From the same square styling chairs, stylists extend strands with Hot Hedz hair extensions, banish superfluous frizz and curl with straightening treatments, and enhance tress texture and color with vibrant feather applications. Tucked away from the bustling salon is a private spa room, whose soft music, aquariums, and babbling fountains urge away excess tension during every treatment. Within the calming space, spa staff lavishes bodies with massages, custom facials, and microdermabrasion facials, which slough off dull skin cells to keep living ones from hearing the same stale anecdotes about last year's sunburn.
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.
At Lakeside Tan, it only takes nine minutes to gild skin in delicately darker tones. Not content with simply offering fast results, the tanning salon also offers three separate paths toward beach-fresh color, tempting clients with standup and traditional tanning beds as well as UV-free airbrush treatments. On the salon side, beauty products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty help maintain new looks long after appointments end.