The stylists and technicians of ATL Beauty Bar work to enhance the natural beauty in clients of all ages, genders, and races. Stylists snip away excess hair, revealing ‘dos that accentuate personal style. Technicians tend to fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures using a salvo of standard and long-lasting gel polishes.
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.
A sliver of industrial London lies just outside the heart of Atlanta—at least, that's how it feels when walking into Flick Hair Studio. Past a silver beaded curtain the salon's centerpiece wrenches away one's sense of geographical permanence: giant, cracked letters spelling "Flick" layer a wall-sized, blue-toned version of the Union Jack. And this industrial-chic aesthetic continues in the stylists' knowledge of modern hair trends, but doesn't limit them. At their freestanding mirrors, they draw from a range of botanical Aveda cosmetics, haircare, and skincare products to create both bold and natural looks. They cut custom styles, give hair a sun-kissed sheen with highlights, and lead lessons on self-makeup application so that clients have the tools to create their own smoky-eye effects or finally become Michael Jackson in Thriller.
Picture perfect. That's the motto at Drexina Nelson Salon, where the stylists create looks that make each client look like they're about to walk the red carpet or a runway, even if that runway is just the entrance to a local coffee shop. Its stylists are well-versed in creating these picture-perfect looks, as they've worked with Today's Black Woman and Industria magazines to primp models, including The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Porsha Stewart.
Located in the English Avenue Yards complex in downtown Atlanta, the salon has an NYC-modeled look, from the sleek black leather couch and chairs in the waiting area to its high loft ceilings and exposed beams. Its services are equally chic. Along with haircare services that include precision cuts, custom color, and deep-conditioning, the beauty specialists here apply natural and special-occasion makeup, define brows, apply lash extensions, and soothe skin with facials.
Hairstylist Kris Lawler and Robin Boyar have honed their approach over several decades, and for the last two of these, they've been the proud owners of Studio 305. Inside the clean, modern salon, they lead a team of experienced stylists and color technicians as they transform hair with color and styling products, or buff and polish nails during mani-pedis. Redken, Moroccan Oil, and Pureology products aid them in their quest to tame hair and throw off the scent of any roaming hair collectors. Though the pair always aims to make folks feel pretty, that mission is particularly important to them when offering pro-bono services to victims of domestic violence.