Billowing drapes, exposed brick walls, and playful zebra-print furniture fill Swan Skin and Nail Spa, where owner Swangela Barlow brings her clientele up to speed on the latest developments in mani-pedis, facials, eyelashes, and waxing services. Barlow's diverse nail services?a specialty?include children's manicures, long-lasting shellac-gel treatments, and Minx manicures, a wholly customizable favorite of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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.
Specializing in hair-removal techniques both old and new, the staff at Beautyworks ensures smoothness across the skin’s entire surface. Aestheticians call upon the ancient technique of threading to shape brows and remove upper-lip or sideburn stubble. Both men and women can stop in for a wax on areas including the arms, legs, and bikini line, or achieve the texture of a newborn coconut with a full-body wax. Aside from hair removal, the beauty specialists add flirtatious volume to winks with lash tinting, and clean and revitalize skin with organic facials.
Medical aesthetics specialist Lisa Mangrum brings almost 20 years of experience and an arsenal of advanced technology to her med spa. Peels, photofacials, and microdermabrasions work together to refresh complexions, and a quartet of carefully calibrated lasers lets staff adapt hair-removal treatments to different skin and hair types. Injectables, such as Botox, aim to smooth out facial contours, and permanent makeup leaves mugs photo-ready, even when doused in Gatorade after a spelling-bee win.
Inside Miracle Beauty Salon, rows of recessed lighting illuminate sleek black salon chairs used during haircuts and henna-infused coloring services. Specialists apply the henna dyes to the skin as an artistic tattoo, allowing clients to express themselves by imbuing their skin with flowing designs or semipermanent tic-tac-toe games. The beauty team also performs traditional services including body waxing and eyebrow threading.
• For $5, you get an eyebrow wax (a $10 value). • For $17, you get a Brazilian wax (a $35 value). Spa maven Shannon White artfully evicts unwanted body hair amid the private, recently renovated confines of Coco Beleza Wax Studio. Wielding hard wax—a less painful alternative to liquid wax and paper strips—Shannon quickly clears stubborn stubble from most clients in 15 minutes or less. The eyebrow wax clears stray follicles from the forehead, sculpting eye adornments into neat arcs or radical lightning bolts. Meanwhile, the Brazilian sheds unfriendly fuzz with full hair removal in the nether regions. Both services render skin as smooth and brilliant as Aristotle's velvet bathrobe, and Brazilianed bits normally stay bare for up to four weeks.