Ruby Beauty Center lends Eastern flair to salon and spa services that beautify hands, feet, hair, and skin. Henna imbues manes with rich auburn tones ($25+) or, during mendhi sessions, dapples hands with intricate designs of flowers, leaves, and bar-exam answers ($7+ per hand). Staffers daub away unwelcome whiskers from underarms with powerful wax ($7) or gently twist free visage vines with threading ($20 for full face). A thermo herb facial ($55) undoes the effects of tense muscles and gorgon-staring contests by evacuating pores with warmth and salving skin with botanical ingredients.
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.
Though it may seem like a new trend, eyebrow threading has been around for centuries. Originally practiced in India and the Middle East, the brow-shaping method swaps waxes and chemicals for cotton strings that, when intertwined, pulled taut, and stretched over brows, cleanly remove unwanted hair. It's also the go-to beauty method at Selah Threading & Salon. Here, clients rest under the steady hands of eyebrow threading experts who whisk away stray hairs without tweezers, lasers, or tiny rakes.
Eyebrow threading isn't the only service at the salon, either. Clients can also tint their lashes and brows, hydrate and rejuvenate their skin with herbal facials, and decorate their limbs with temporary henna tattoos.
Certified in microcurrent treatment, LED photo rejuvenation, and MediClinical spa peels, Takesia LoRusso performs facials and deep-cleansing body treatments to revitalize skin. In facial and body waxing services, she uses warm wax to lift out hair by the roots. During facials, she cleanses pores and massages face muscles until they're relaxed and glowing. In body treatments, LoRusso uses a collection of salts and essential oils to exfoliate hands and feet, removing dead skin cells and patches of wet cement. Most of the products she uses are natural, or handmade.
Charmagne Grant, master stylist and owner of Salon Envy, comes to Atlanta by way of Kingston, Jamaica and the Big Apple. She brings nearly two decades of beauty industry experience to her salon, where she oversees a team of fellow stylists and massage therapists. This crew specializes in cuts, colors, and glamorous styles, and are equally adept at working with both natural hair and weave extensions. Click here to view their style gallery, which features bold wedding updos and stunning red-carpet downdos.
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.