Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
With 19 locations conveniently sprinkled throughout the Atlanta area, Solar Dimensions helps clients get beach-ready regardless of their proximity to the shore. Each location features a fleet of UV tanning beds of varying brightness, all waiting to sun-kiss skin in 10–20 minutes and comfort clients with a built-in cooling apparatus or complimentary snuggles from a nearby penguin. Custom airbrush-tanning treatments or automated VersaSpa and MyMyst sunless-tanning sessions forgo light exposure and instead tone complexions with tinted mists that materialize in four to eight hours and last for several days. Both tanning solutions quench skin with aloe vera before tinting it a natural shade ranging from light almond to lifeguard. The trained staff can also hone body shape with infrared body wraps and VacuStep treatments, and brighten smiles with teeth whitening, helping to boost confidence before bodies hit the pool.
Hope Law always knew she’d end up in the beauty industry, helping women of all ages and backgrounds feel confident in their own skin. She brings out inner glamour through expert makeup application, which she can perform in her studio, at the client's home, or at the starting line of a mud run. Her other specialties include applying custom eyelash extensions that last for up to eight weeks and ridding bodies of unwanted hair with waxing.
With an upbeat personality and a portfolio brimming with styles, 12-year veteran Nita Wooten revises downtrodden looks with an eye that edges toward trendy at Snobz of Atlanta Hair Boutique. As an educator who has worked beauty shows and stylized subjects for the camera, she is adept at finding looks for her clients that suit their facial shapes, characters, and lifestyles.
Between UV-rays, humidity, and searing cold, the skin takes on a lot throughout the seasons. That why Joi Aikens, a self-proclaimed product junkie, adheres to a regimen of products to keep her complexion healthy. But it wasn't always this way. It wasn’t until beauty school that she first saw the effect a customized treatment could have on her skin, and it fueled her desire to help herself, as well as others. Today, as a licensed skincare therapist, Joi uses her own blend of products to help her clients feel good physically, mentally, and spiritually. She also draws on her facial certifications in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and Mr. Potato Head rearranging to offer a comprehensive service menu. Clients can relax in the comfort of her private studio, where she cultivates a spa-like atmosphere and performs services such as a swift wax or facial, or a smoothing body peel for full-body restoration.
Visitors to Dunwoody Wellness Center are always greeted with a smile. That's because the staff's health and beauty philosophy runs on positive energy, much like a hot air balloon manned by an aerobics instructor. Staffers believe that positive vibes are able to catalyze real, lasting changes. These optimistic thinkers include medical aesthetician Anna Gorenshteyn, chiropractor Tatyana Foran, and registered nurse Candice Morrow. They administer treatments ranging from massage therapy to chiropractic adjustments to facials, taking care to pamper clients so visits are just as relaxing as they are effective.