In 1990, while still in college, Sherita Cherry started her hair care career as a shampoo girl. What began as a part-time job soon became a full-time passion: she refined her styling skills, racked up hair competitions victories around the world, and, eventually, opened her own salon, Genesis Hair Art, specializing in corrective color and gray coverage.
Sherita Cherry—a National Color Educator for Paul Mitchell—and her stylists conduct soothing shampoos at the quiet Lather Lounge, offering optional add-ons such as scalp massages with heated conditioner. Afterward, they customize looks according to each client's face shape, hair color, and favorite Jacobean neck ruff. Of course, that shade can change at Genesis's Color Bar, where color specialists brighten or darken locks with personalized hues made from Paul Mitchell colors. To help customers maintain their looks after appointments, Genesis Hair Art stocks top-line hair products by Paul Mitchell, Kera-Care, and PhytoSpecific.
Extreem Beauty Discount Hair Salon tells it like it is. The self-proclaimed “baddest but cheapest upscale hair salon on the south side” caters to women of all ages with its haircare services. From natural looking sew-in weaves to deep conditioning and haircuts, the stylists beautify hair based on each client’s unique needs. Along with haircare, the staff provides nailcare and makeup application.
Natural hair finds its perfect style at Lavish Hair Spa, which twists strands into zulu knots, coils, or straightens them with a ceramic fusion silk press. At this Paul Mitchell Signature Salon, stylists keep hair hydrated and healthy with newfound color and sheen with products from Paul Mitchell to Kera Care Naturals to Design Essentials Naturals and Jane Carter Solutions to Miss Jessie's. Stylists also use house-brand straightener Silk Out, which is composed of organic ingredients. At its Browz Waxing Bar station, the salon also removes unwanted hair from eyebrows, underarms, and legs.
Peachtree Salon's brigade of stylists snips runaway strands with precision and vividly highlight swaths of hair. Customers can entrust tresses to the nimble scissor-fingers of hair gurus, who cut off split ends and add desired layers to any wedding cakes being constructed on top of scalps. For a smattering of color, clients can opt for partial highlights in a chosen hue splashed across hairdos. A set of full highlights brightens monochromatic heads, leaving hair cut, colored, and styled in about two hours.
Amber Rampley Avanossian cut her teeth and sharpened her shears as a young stylist in Atlanta. But with an eye toward opening her own studio, she headed out to Los Angeles where she landed a job getting talent camera-ready at the MTV, VH1, and ABC studios. When she returned home in 2003, she built up a clientele at two different Buckhead salons before finally cutting the ribbon at her own salon in 2008.
Today, the master stylist and Redken color specialist stocks Paisley Salon with styling products by Privé, MoroccanOil, Redken, and Wella. Though she specializes in on-trend cuts and color treatments, Amber also straightens curly strands with Keratin Express and Brazilian Blowout treatments and helps clients light up a room with updos or wigs made out of bottle rockets. She and her staff work within a spacious studio, flanked by crisp white walls and black-framed mirrors, all blanketed in natural sunlight that floats in from the floor-to-ceiling front window.
Rosa Montes is proof that great flavor knows no borders. Born in Lima, Peru, she immigrated to New Jersey in the 1990’s, where she ran her own Peruvian restaurant for 20 years. Over that time, she tasted and learned to prepare classic American dishes, such as fried chicken, turkey with stuffing, collard greens, and broccoli casserole. When she and her family moved to Fayetteville, she decided to change tracks and open Rosa’s Home Cooking, a diner where she could feed customers her favorite soul food recipes made with fresh ingredients. Guests can find Rosa in the kitchen six days a week slathering ribs with bbq sauce, stirring pots of okra and corn, and making sure slices of strawberry short cake don't grow too tall.