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.
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).
Untangled offers a variety of hair-tending services, with its wealth of waxing work bringing satisfaction to body hair run amok. Free fuzz from upper lips with a lip waxing ($10), or trim down eyebrows ($12) to further avoid being mistaken for Frida Kahlo. A full facial waxing ($25) is also available. The salon's waxing services are available for both men and women, with clients invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of flavored coffee or a bottle of ice-cold water while Untangled unhinges unwanted unibrows and other assorted hide-hair. Let Untangled Salon's staff of friendly and well-trained aestheticians assist with hairy situations. Both walk-ins and appointments are welcome.
At Kym & Co. Salon, experienced stylists specializing in the Helix texture technique, short hair, and thin hair outfit patrons with complementary styles inside an open, naturally lit salon bedecked with artwork. Following a consultation and scalp massage to determine styles and chase away residual resentment from the cancelation of Alf, mane tamers trim coifs into custom 'dos. Then, as customers lie back in comfy leather chairs, coloring treatments call on a rainbow of shades to infuse locks with a partial or full hue adjustment. An eyebrow wax concludes Kym & Co. Salon's treatment, whisking away excess hairs to yield a stare that's as smooth as an ice-rink covered in olive oil.