Owner and artistic director Charlie Blakely calls on more than 40 years of experience as she leads a team of expert stylists at The Salon of East Cobb. Not content to rest on her laurels, Blakely and her team undergo extensive, ongoing training to stay on top of the latest trends. To overhaul hairstyles, staff members rely on a Paul Mitchell color bar boasting more than 700 different hues—a polychromatic display to rival a Rainbow Brite statue constructed from crayons. Blakely recently attended a training session with Wayne Grund, whose vegan and organic Surface products nourish hair as well as the environment. In addition to its extensive menu of hair services, the salon pampers skin with complimentary paraffin dips and scalp massages. And on-staff aesthetician Ekaterina Shrontz dispenses helpful tips for applying makeup and removing adhesive muttonchops.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Healing Garden Wellness Centre & Spa alleviate stressed physiques with soothing 60-minute massages and skin treatments for any complexion. The team's beauty arsenal is stocked with the anti-aging Hungarian blends of Estrea skincare products and the natural formulas of Botanical Science Technologies products. With these in hand, skinsmiths handle the faces of gentlemen and teens or imbue womanly kissers with vitamin C and the smoothness of a wax sculpture of Frank Sinatra. To ease deep, chronic aches and especially tight muscles, clients can call upon seasoned stress easers to soothe tissues located beneath surface muscles with deep-tissue work. Swedish massages are also available to melt away tension, bolster lymphatic circulation, and improve the body's ability to impersonate a Celtic knot with increased range of motion.
During each beauty-enhancing salon or spa service, Carlos Lissimore Salon's appearance artisans draw upon years of expertise from prestigious training programs, such as Vidal Sassoon and the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. Inside the European-concept salon's chic setting, they employ products from Wella and Purvana during hair services that run the gamut from precision cuts to keratin treatments to hair colorings as vibrant as a peacock following a decisive paintball-battle loss. Stylists augment the mane attraction with an assortment of relaxing spa services, such as complexion-renewing facials and waxings and tension-releasing massages, that help bodies look and feel their best.
"Why organic? Because the skin eats too."
So says Melanie Berry, owner of Utopia Skincare, when explaining why she uses Australian-imported Jurlique and German-imported Primavera organic skincare products. And under her care, the skin dines well, feasting on a menu of facials served with a side of hot towels, steam, and upper-body massages. For each treatment, Melanie and her staff customize a mask that will hydrate the skin, flush out the pores, and sweep away blemishes. On the periphery of the menu, peels, specialty masks, and body treatments promise their own brand of nourishment with equal amounts of Melanie's painstaking care and precision.
At Impulse Salon, stylists take the art of hair coloring to the next level with hydrating, ammonia-free Inoa color products, which they can use to paint freeform balayage highlights. Their range of color treaments reflects the team’s commitment to continuing education, which has kept the stylists abreast of the latest styling techniques and trends for more than a decade. With these skills in their respective repertoires, their handiwork has a modern feel, whether they are transforming looks with chic cuts or with straightening treatments more effective than commanding each strand to “make like a ruler.”
The skin specialists at Body Wax Salon rid body areas of unruly whiskers during services at their professional salon. The expert waxing staff professionally administers the most up-to-date waxing techniques while telling anecdotes about their past careers as candle makers. During treatments, soft layers of wax coat appendages and bikini lines before techs gently release fuzz from their follicular prisons. To enhance posttreatment comfort, the company website recommends that clients avoid UV rays, chlorine, and wearing deodorant with aluminum after waxing to ensure skin remains uninflamed.