Michael Council


Michael Council was a teenager working in a Cartersville factory. His older brother, Van, was shoveling asphalt. Their dreams were B movie cliches: to escape their small town, meet girls and become rich and famous. Hairstyling might seem an unlikely route for would-be hick-to-hip brothers but in 1984 they, along with Van’s wife Susie, opened Van Michael Salon in Buckhead. In the beginning, says Michael, To keep the doors open, we would cater to the client. success hasn’t changed that. This once 3-man operation is now a multiple million-dollar operation with over 350 Employees Company wide.

Michael and Van’s talents quickly earned them praise and recognition which lead to a partnering with the Aveda Corporation. Traveling around the world as representatives for Aveda kept the two brothers busier than they ever anticipated.

Michael Council maintains his loyal clientele at the Van Michael Salon in Sandy Springs.


Michael has performed to standing room only audiences in several countries. Michaels most recent awards include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award  Art and Fashion New York
  • Top 75 Educators of the Century  Modern Salon Magazine
  • World Master Award  Aveda Corporation
  • Wizard with Scissors Atlanta Magazine