Nothing makes you feel like a new person quite like traveling abroad. Hasnae Dhrif, the owner of Argan Salon & Spa, certainly knows this: the 16-year industry veteran has lived in both Morocco and France and works to bring a touch of European style to her own business. Here, her staff reaches for high quality products by brands such as Rene Furterer Paris and Moroccanoil as they transform exteriors with the latest salon trends from around the world, including multidimensional color and color correction, threading, shine-boosting keratin treatments and organic facials. A mural of a cascading waterfall is just another touch that helps to mentally transport clients to an exotic new locale, so much so, that many may swear they can hear the ocean when they hold the blow-dryer to their ear.
Beyond the SOAK Nail and Body Lounge door lays an elegant world of pristine white pillows, billowy white curtains, and hanging lamps cocooned in globes of intricate white flowers. Sunlight pours in through tall windows, spotlighting specialists as they position themselves at white countertops and ready their tools for professional manicures, massages, and facials. When administering pedicures, the skilled technicians bathe feet in porcelain sinks with fresh running water and the tears of joy of handsome mermen. Meanwhile, clients can recline on cushions, sipping on tea as they rifle through the pages of fashion magazines. They even stock a selection of jewelry and host events such as bachelorette parties, girls’ nights out, and corporate events.
With aquamarine wall stripes and turquoise-patterned chairs, the décor at Nailism Salon & Spa is almost as bright and unique as the nail technicians’ artwork. Within these pleasant surroundings, staffers paint digits in vibrant colors before adding stylish artistic flourishes, such as bunnies, mermaids, spider webs, or the first 100 digits of Pi. All of their pedicure chairs boast pipe-less spa jets that better sanitize foot baths.
Stylist and salon owner Michelle Wood leads the charge at Apollo of Alpharetta, where she draws on 20 years of experience in the hair industry to specialize in hair replacement and barber cuts. Her professional cohort Tina Styles, who has designed looks for high-profile clients, specializes in makeovers, during which she upgrades clients’ hair and makeup and clears wardrobes of outdated clothes and busted Gutenberg printing presses. To complement Apollo’s range of hair services, the crew also offers facials, mani-pedis, and body wraps.
Amy started doing nails at a relative's salon, and it wasn't long before she realized this was her passion. There are two reasons for this. First, Amy is an artist who draws energy from the challenge of adorning her clients' keratin canvases. Second, she loves helping people feel good about themselves. To truly immerse guests in luxury, Amy whips up milk baths, scrubs feet with sugar, applies hot stones, and treats noses to energizing citrus scents. After trimming, massaging, and soaking, she creates patterned and solid nail art alike with polishes by CND, OPI, and Essie. She also applies acrylics with materials that are free of nail bed-damaging MMA.
At Hanna Day Spa, a series of facials, massages, reflexology, waxing, and head shampoo massage treatments await customers seeking relaxation and beautification. Licensed specialists soak hands and feet before shaping and buffing nails, and then apply eye-catching polish or acrylic nails. Deluxe spa pedicures soothe calf muscles with sea-salt massages, as back and shoulder massages remove upper-body stress. Also available are eyelash extensions and waxing services, which can remove unwanted hair from areas such as the arms, legs, stomach, or brow.