Even as a little girl, Arlene Gray knew she wanted to be a hairstylist, and she has spent the last 27 years fulfilling that dream. After training in New York City, she moved south, eventually opening A's Hair Salon. Not only does she continue to treat hair to her expert styling services—including colorings, cuts, keratin treatments, relaxers, and extensions—but she also shares her knowledge with others as a cosmetology instructor and volunteer stylist for cancer-related charities.
As owner, cosmetologist, and hair specialist, Lisa Cowan not only hopes to make visitors to Enlighten Salon feel utterly at home, she wants to make sure they turn heads when they walk out. After chatting and getting to know clients, Lisa sets out performing the same hair-reanimating services that she deploys to ready people for photo-shoots, including applying highlights.
Decorated with framed playbills and mirrors surrounded by bright lights, Box Office Hair resembles a celebrity’s dressing room where guests feel like they’re the stars of the show. The salon’s beauticians, who boast skills that range from stylist to master consultant, reimagine hairdos with basic cuts and coloring as well as treatments that yield more-dramatic effects, such as spiral perms and block coloring with three different hues. Brazilian keratin treatments tame wild, frizzy strands for a camera-ready finish, and extensions let short hair act the part of a longer, thicker mane, which gives clients an acceptable excuse to intimidate zebras at the zoo.
The stylists at Top Image Salon & Spa orbit patrons on the almond-hued hardwood floor, their hands flitting around heads as they cut, color, and deep condition hair. Global Keratin products smooth locks, and massaging pedicure chairs gently ease neck and back tension from Atlas Halloween costumes while technicians coat nails with polish. In a private room with a wall mural of tranquil water, patrons bask in a treatment bed during massages, waxes, and applications of permanent makeup.
After injuries kept Major League Barbershop's owner from pitching for the Atlanta Braves, he utilized his backup talent as a barber to create a family-run salon that caters to male scalps of any age. Reflective exterior windows greet customers and sentient sunglasses as they wander into the intimate setting and kick back in plush, leather haircutting thrones. As toes hover above tan tile flooring, trained stylists precisely trim and clip strands into traditionally dapper 'dos or funky, customized hair patterns such as zigzags, arrows, or labyrinthine blue prints. Clients can also cozy up beneath hot- and cold-towel treatments to freshen facialspheres or expel unwanted tendrils with beard or brow trims.
With his electrifying smile and edgy sense of style, Donny Dinh fits right in among Xander Blue Salon’s urban-chic decor. Donny draws on his knowledge to snip and style hair according to the latest trends. In addition, Donny also uses Goldwell dyes to enliven hair with highlights or help spies disguise themselves as their more stylish twin.
Dawn Martinez has been cutting coifs for just about 20 years, and in that time she's learned her way around a head of hair. At Anudawn, she customizes hair treatments to each client, touching up color to disguise roots, highlighting strands to create depth, and shampooing hair to rid it of excess oil and long-lost car keys. Dawn is available Tuesdays and Saturdays, when her scissors are at their sharpest.