Van Council


For Van Council, owner of the Van Michael Concept Salons in Atlanta, it was seeing the 1975 big screen smash Shampoo that had the Cartersville, Georgia native off and packing to cosmetology school. Something in the way that Warren Beatty wielded the scissors on those 70�s coifs was inspirational. And he hasn�t looked back since.

In 1984, Van and his brother Michael partnered� and together launched the first Van Michael Salon, a full-service Aveda Concept Salon in Atlanta, Georgia. Their goal was simple; a high-quality salon that offers the latest cut and color techniques in a creative, non-intimidating environment. To guarantee that they only hired the area�s top stylists Van and company devised their own intensive training program from which every person had to pass before being allowed to flaunt their creative skills. Now, every one of his stylists graduates from the training course with the best becoming members of the Van Michael�s Artistic Team as well as the Aveda Educational Network.

Well, the time was right for a salon like Van Michael (and it wasn�t just because of the big-salary equals big-hair vibe of the 80�s). Before long, Van had won such prestigious awards as �North American Hairstylist of the Year�, �Avant Garde Stylist of the Year�, �Makeover Stylist of the Year�, as well as becoming a member of the Aveda Global Masters Team. This is an elite team of styling professionals considered at the forefront of hair styling, hair color, makeup trends and general esthetics.

Using his business savvy it wasn�t long before Van expanded his empire to include two other salons within the Atlanta area. He also broadened the range of services offered to appeal to everybody and anybody. The first addition was the New Talents Salon, which as the name implies, is a place where clients can come and get the same high quality service but at a lower cost as it�s staffed with recently-graduated Van Michael trainees.

These days the Van Michael Salons are one of the most successful in the country, boasting a celeb client list that�s bigger than many of its LA and NY counterparts. Van himself stays busy with his ever-expanding schedule of private and celebrity clients as well as utilizing his creative and technical expertise as one of the leading spokespeople for Aveda worldwide.

So, if you�re in need of someone who can comment on everything from hair trends to aromatherapy look no further than Van Council. Or, if it�s a trend report you�re after why go to the people who are just following them when you can go to someone who�s actually creating them?

Van Council�s Awards

  • Atlanta Magazine – Reader’s Pick Best Salon
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution ďż˝ 2013, 2014, 2015 ďż˝ Top Workplaces in Atlanta
  • Jezebel Magazine – ďż˝Best Haircut for Herďż˝
  • NAHA ďż˝ July 2014 ďż˝ Van Michael Salon named ďż˝Salon Team of the Year
  • Elle Magazine ďż˝ Best Of Georgia
  • Jezebel Magazine ďż˝ Up and Coming Hair Stylists
  • Best Self Atlanta Magazine ďż˝ Best of Atlanta
  • Buckheadďż˝s Top Beauty Prosďż˝ Simply Buckhead Magazine
  • Staff Picks Best Beauty Spots: Buckhead ďż˝ Simply Buckhead Magazine
  • Top Color Salons in U. S. ďż˝ Allure Magazine
  • One of the 200 Fastest Growing Salons in U.S. in 1998 ďż˝ Salon Today Magazine
  • Best Salon ďż˝ Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine
  • Best Salon ďż˝ Fox 5 News Atlanta
  • Salon of the Year ďż˝ Atlanta Magazine since 1990
  • Voted ďż˝Atlantaďż˝s Bestďż˝ Readersďż˝ Choice ďż˝ Creative Loafing
  • Voted ďż˝Atlantaďż˝s Bestďż˝ Criticsďż˝ Choice ďż˝ Creative Loafing
  • Salon of the Year ďż˝ Modern Salon Magazine
  • Top Ten Salons in the Country ďż˝ Glamour Magazine
  • Best Salon in Atlanta ďż˝ AOLďż˝s
  • ďż˝ Best Of Georgia
  • Allure Readerďż˝s Choice for Haircut and Color: Allure Magazine
  • Best Makeover Colorist: Allure Magazine
  • Best Haircut in Atlantaďż˝ Allure
  • Best of Atlanta: Salon ďż˝ Jezebel Magazine
  • ďż˝Best of Atlantaďż˝ Readerďż˝s Pick: Best Hair Salon ďż˝ Creative Loafing
  • ďż˝Best of Atlantaďż˝ Best Salon ďż˝ Insite Monthly
  • Best Menďż˝s Salons in Atlanta List ďż˝ Jezebel
  • Salon of Distinction: East Cobb ďż˝ Modern Salon
  • Readerďż˝s Pick ďż˝Best of Atlanta �� Atlanta Magazine
  • Best Hair Stylist in Atlanta – Best Self Magazine
  • 4 Time Winner of NAHA
  • North American Hairdresser of the Year
  • Avant Garde Stylist of the Year
  • Makeover Stylist of the Year, two-time winner
  • Best Womenďż˝s Haircut, Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Top 20 Salon Owner in the Country, Salon Today Magazine
  • Best Salon Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • Readers Choice, Atlanta Business Chronicles
  • Best Haircut and Overall Look, KMS
  • Best Haircolor, Framesi Haircolor
  • Best Haircut and Overall Style, Zotos
  • Top 75 Educators of the Century, Modern Salon
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Aveda Corporation
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Art and Fashion Group
  • World Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement, Aveda Corporation