Brands Used: Onesta
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Master stylist Jessica Dunn keeps up with the latest haircare trends through her Onesta continuing-education classes. She uses the organic, eco-friendly, and PETA-approved haircare brand while styling hair at 97 Main Salon, where she also creates low-maintenance layered 'dos by wet-cutting hair and imbuing locks with multi-dimensional color.
Her fellow beauty experts tend to hair as well, removing unwanted strands on the body through waxing or electrolysis, both of which are performed in a private room in the salon.
Salon 127's elegant waiting room welcomes visitors with comfy leather furniture, a painting of a flowery courtyard, and a table stacked with magazines. Once they've completed the latest dessert-island quiz in Newsweek, guests make their way to one of the styling stations, which are separated by privacy-boosting partitions with built-in mirrors. The salon's multitalented team then gets to work making over clients from head to toe with services that range from color applications and hair-relaxing treatments to facials and mani-pedis.
At Working Shear Wonders Salon, owner and head stylist Traci Duker shows off her hairstyling skills, honed over 14 years of practice, by gracing her clientele with bold new coiffures. Styling, shampooing, and conditioning treatments combine her expertise with top-shelf salon products from Design Essentials, Moroccanoil, and Nexxus. Other services include weaves—which use 100% Brazilian, virgin Indian, Malaysian, or Peruvian hair—keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and eyebrow waxing.
Inside Beauty Express Shop, the pros take their time to ensure each client is fully pampered. Some services, including threading, require a steady hand, whereas others, such as waxing, require strong enough arm muscles to rip hair out of its nesting holes. Specialists also alleviate acne, excess oil, and other dermal issues during soothing facials and cover blank canvases with colorful makeup for special events such as weddings or birthday parties.
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.
At Saniya Salon & Spa, contemporary salon services meet beauty treatments culled from ancient India, creating an eclectic and stunning beauty portfolio. Stylists cut, color, and curl hair, and adorn special updos with embellishments such as pearls and Maraschino cherries. Estheticians offer facials to combat aging and acne, to restore youth, or to give faces a healthy glow. They also provide modern waxing services to free unwanted hair from faces or body areas, as well as the ancient hair-removal practice of threading. Popularized centuries upon centuries ago, threading uses hand-twisted cotton thread to pull hairs out at the root. And threading is not the only time-tested service that Saniya clients enjoy. A skilled, on-staff Mehndi artist paints lacy, swirling henna designs on clients' hands and arms.