Best of Atlanta 2015 Beauty & Fitness
In 2009, owner Myka Harris Barbato opened a waxing studio called, yep, Wax. Three years later she added Buff, a sleek nail salon that typically handles just a few clients at a time.
Best known for his smoky eye look, Stephen Moleski has made up the faces of celebs like Kim Kardashian and Kim Zolciak.
At this neon-lit tattoo parlor on Ponce, Rachel Anne sits behind red velvet curtains in a booth plastered with a Thee Oh Sees poster, sequin Virgin Marys, and an assortment of ink.
At this new-school-meets-old-school barbershop in Poncey-Highland, you can sip a complimentary can of PBR and thumb through a 1960s Playboy while waiting for your hot towel and straight razor shave ($45).
At this tiny, quirky spa in the Old Fourth Ward, owner Amy Leavell Bransford prefers gentle, all-organic products like Dr. Hauschka, but won’t hesitate to bring out something stronger for clients who need a serious peel.
When you’re ready to show your aching tootsies some love, head to this small Chinese spa that specializes in foot reflexology.
We love this Buford Highway spa (which recently announced a forthcoming location in Buckhead) because it’s affordable but doesn’t skimp on Zen.
If you relax at the thought of a bargain, book an appointment at SensAbility, the student clinic at the Atlanta School of Massage in Dunwoody, where you can score a 50-minute rubdown for just $40 from a therapist in training.
Brazil-born Raquel Souza founded Sweet Peach in Virginia-Highland in 2012, but now works mostly out of a second location in Buckhead.
With ClassPass, a startup that expanded to Atlanta last January, you can visit any studio in its network up to three times each month for a flat $79 monthly fee.
CorePower Yoga offers the typical hot-room vinyasa flow classes, with highly skilled teachers—Samson is particularly good—leading you through a fast-paced set of warrior poses and chaturangas.
In the open workout room at Elite Edge, it’s not unusual to see NFL hopefuls sweating through agility drills on one end while muscle-bound moms perform medicine ball tosses on the other.
Santana is like a super-bendy wood nymph who knows how to soothingly encourage, adjust, and inspire so that each class feels like it was designed especially for you.
Although she often operates inside a no-frills Stockbridge gym, Hamilton is actually a nationally known coach whose expertise is often tapped by serious athletes and publications like Runner’s World.
Thompson’s unusual approach breaks all the rules of spinning, which is why videos of his dance party–style classes have gone viral among indoor cycling devotees.
Let’s say you (unsuccessfully) tried to hurl yourself into a handstand in yoga, and now your body seems to be punishing you for it. Make a call stat to Dr. Morgan Smith, who will do his best to get you in quickly—especially if you tell him you’re “in agony.”
I don’t often spring for fancy nail treatments, but it’s hard to resist the signature sugar scrub pedicure at Sugarcoat’s Virginia-Highland location.