Belinda K. Baker, CEO of Salon BKB, is an ethnic-haircare guru. She’s the Wig and Weave expert on TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, and she’s trained tens of thousands of stylists across North America and Europe. Her technique begins with a complimentary consultation that, like speed dating a wig, covers everything from the strands’ elasticity to the client’s lifestyle and commitment level. When stylists settle on a look that works for their clients, they use Pravana and Pureology products to enhance razor cuts, lock and twists, and relaxed styles.
Master stylist Howard Baker used his 20 years of beauty industry experience to create JoiB'yon Salon Services, which caters to women's haircare routines. Baker's illustrious career includes a professional association with the Olympic Hair Salon during the '96 Atlanta games as well as teaching stints at styling seminars across the country. Along with his daughter Joi Baker, he couples his stylist services, including precision cuts and color, with personal concierge services and wardrobe consultation.
Licensed massage therapist Susan Cui at TAO Wellness Center approaches massages with a Taoistic perspective. The Taoist philosophy states that humans should embrace the change that occurs in their environments and within their bodies. Throughout life’s many changes, such as aging and discovering that the entire world is a computer program generated by nefarious machines that run off the juice from our brains, Susan helps bodies cope. Head-therapy massage frees skulls from tension that causes headaches and poor sleep, and hand therapy pinpoints nerves that correspond to other body parts to reduce toothaches and chest pain.
Connie Pruitt of Heart to Hands Healing, Inc. has worked in the healing arts for more than 30 years, including 13 years of bodywork experience. The licensed massage therapist began as a medical laboratory assistant, but now she’s an expert in numerous healing arts, including not only traditional massage styles, such as Swedish and deep tissue, but also myofascial and reiki techniques. She customizes her approach during each session to release her clients’ tension, rejuvenate their muscles, and heal their injuries.
The best dental procedures improve teeth without making themselves noticed. At Smile of Decatur, Dr. Mauzard Benjamin sticks to that philosophy by making sure evidence of his treatments stays virtually invisible. Instead of using metal amalgams to fill cavities, for example, he uses tooth-colored composite resins. Instead of metal bracket braces, he straightens adult teeth with Invisalign clear braces, which are as difficult to spot as a gecko when you need a gecko to help move your couch.
The stylists at Salon Phal have a way with flatirons. One of many beauty services offered, the staff performs standalone flatiron treatments, lending a sleek, well-coiffed look to manes without requiring a session with the shears. Hairstylists shape, color, and retexturize, and waxing specialists evict unwanted hair from the body during waxing sessions.