At KriShun's Hair Loft Salon, the goal is simple: Bring out clients' natural, unique beauty, from their curvaceous fingertips to their lush hair color. To accomplish this goal, they perform beauty services that run the gamut from manicures and pedicures to relaxers and sew-in weaves.
From their space inside Perimeter Place, the team at Salon 11 Studios strives to create an environment that could rival any chic New York salon. The modern decor certainly sets the tone?think dark hardwood floors and minimalist white seating?and the stylists do their part by performing custom treatments with products from Manhattan-based brand Bumble and bumble. In addition to cuts, they perform highly-nuanced color services, reaching for ammonia-free formulas, semi-permanent pastels, or products formulated especially for blonds. Styling services are just as fun, and can encompass anything from pin up styles to messy, beachy waves.
In addition to the salon, the business hosts an onsite spa where practitioners perform waxing, facials, and airbrush tanning. After their appointments, clients can also visit the boutique to pick up Bumble and bumble products or peruse a selection of apparel and handbags, which they can use to carry their old out-dated hairstyles home with them.
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.
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.
Sam Flax South outfits artists and designers with supplies and furniture from top industry brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase to produce masterpieces on any scale. Easels grip canvases as painters blanket them in polychromatic oils and acrylics, just as drafting tables, rulers, and protractors help architects draft the blueprint for the first home built entirely of discarded totem poles. Guests can leaf through paper products and readymade gifts including delicate cards, journals, and calendars. Treasured prints also find displayable homes in Sam Flax’s custom-framing department, where artisans design hangable enclosures that accentuate a picture with a contrasting mat color or an oversize neon arrow that points directly to the image. The in-house framing center applies acid-free matting and seals art in airtight materials to preserve pieces.
Joseph Richardson, owner and founder of the award-winning Paragon your Salon, helms a team of celebrated designers in his breezy and inviting full-service style studio. Custom haircuts begin with an intoxicating scalp massage wherein lithe fingers ease away tension using nourishing products by René Furterer. Single-process color, highlights, or lowlights with vibrant Schwarzkopf or Redken products enhance shine and imbue monochromatic manescapes with dimension. The upscale salon's in-house hair-extension specialist attends to voluminous goals with strand-by-strand, Invisiloc, clip, or sew-in extensions. Warm wood floors soak up light emanating from grand floor-to-ceiling windows, which reveal stunning views of Midtown and the occasional low-flying superhero, as rustic and romantic chandeliers illuminate elegant hair transformations.