For Van Council, owner of the Van Michael Concept Salons in Atlanta, it was seeing the 1975 big screen smash Shampoo. Yes, something in the way that Warren Beatty wielded the scissors on those 70's coifs was enough to send the Cartersville, Georgia native off and packing to cosmetology school. And he hasn't looked back since.
van_councilIn 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.