If the Stone Mountain location of Fresche Hair Salon & Boutique feels like home, that’s probably because it’s nestled inside a ranch-style house, where salon artists work in rooms filled with rustic decor. The Oakhurst location, on the other hand, has the funky air of an art gallery—amid the stark contrast of kelly-green walls and brown furnishings, a colorful painting perches atop the mirror of every styling station. No matter their surroundings, the staff brings a hospitable and savvy approach to each service. They tend to a number of hair needs, including cutting hair into new looks and adding length with feather or 100% human-hair extensions. Their color services drench hair in enticing hues and strengthening proteins that protect from UV rays and people hucking gum for no reason. Meanwhile, professional makeup artists apply lipstick and blush and hold eyelash-extensions lessons and makeup tutorials.
A studio done up in glamorous pink, Tiffany blue, and timeless black and white provides the perfect setting for Diamonds & Pearls Image Studio's elegant beautifying services. Although they specialize in natural-looking extensions, the stylists and aestheticians also offer other hair services, such as highlights and silk presses, as well as coloring, nail art, and professional makeup services. While receiving their image upgrades, clients enjoy amenities, such as wine and hors d'oeuvres. The studio is open around the clock, in case inspiration strikes in the middle of the night or a dream horse suggests eyelash extensions.
G Salon and Spa's seasoned stylists and aestheticians wield quality products from such brands as Dermalogica and Davines to gussy up clients' manes and skin. Five levels of stylists slice and condition hair, as master colorists harness decades of experience to skillfully infuse locks with vibrant hues. Equally adept aestheticians perform a slate of skin treatments to battle facial foes such as acne, sensitivity, and premature aging.
When they're not busy constructing runway-ready manes for fashion shows or magazine-reading tournaments, stylists man stations amid the salon's earth-toned color palette, which pairs glossy hardwood floors with rich brown and sky-blue walls. Candles flicker in the serene massage room, where a licensed therapist personalizes Swedish and deep-tissue techniques.
"As artists," writes Helmet founder Randy Addison, "we wouldn't want to sculpt something only to have someone else paint it." This sums up the salon's start-to-finish approach to salon treatments?the stylists and colorists are one and the same. They transform clients' manes in a laid-back, welcoming environment that allows the staff to focus solely on creating flattering coiffures tailored to the needs of the head on which they rest. Armed with products from Aveda and Bumble and bumble, they snip, shape, blow-out, and color locks with aplomb. The team views each hairstyle as a collaboration between patron and stylist, brought to life through the latter's vision, skill, and shears, and the former's personality, features, and ability to sit still in a chair.
Hairstylist Chadd Jonesmith started tending tresses 18 years ago at Van Michael Salon. Two salons later, he opened ? La Mode, which is French for "in fashion," not "ice cream hairdo". His team of stylists live up to this name by drawing on their knowledge as educators and platform artists. A student of Vidal Sassoon, Chadd sets a good example for them by teaching for Kevin Murphy?a famous hairstylist who worked on Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge. He also brought his color bar out into the open to create a more social environment where clients could have their new tints applied and talk casually among themselves. A La Mode Salon is now an Aveda Concept Salon.