• Cortex Hair Salon

Thanks for the Shout-Outs

Allure MagazineAllure Magazine

The place: Tucked away on a leafy residential street, the expansive salon feels like a friend’s living room (with shelves of hair products).
What we were after: Flattering highlights to complement our tightly wound curls.
What we got : Champagne highlights with a few sandycolored lowlights.
Bottom line: Our new glittering highlights look great whether we wear our hair straight or curly—and they dazzle under the sun just like when we were a kid. $85.

Atlanta MagazineAtlanta Magazine

Best for artistic looks for the young (and bold). This is where the cool crowd goes for happening hair in a relaxed, low-key environment. The focus here is on taking some chances. At least one of the Indigo Girls has been spotted in this decidedly unpretentious spot.

Creative Loafing

Cortex is an upscale salon with a distinctly anti-snooty vibe. Yes, the stylists there are very fashion-forward and fluent in all the latest styles. But they remember one salient point: You are the one that has to live with the haircut. So they work with you to find a cut that suits your lifestyle. And if you’re perfectly content with that same straight-line bob that you’ve had for 10 years, well, they will give you just that. Without attitude. Superior colorists too.

Cortex Hair Studio is amazing. Skip’s awesome! (rating 5 out of 5) Rest assured, the reviews about the unpretentious nature of this salon are true. This salon is entirely laid back and friendly. I formerly had my hair done at Vis a Vis, loved the results but ceased going due to the staggering snootiness of the staff… and clients for that matter. Cortex is far superior. I highly recommend Skip as she is very adept, easy to talk to (no awkward hairstyling silence) and fun. As for the hair, I briefly articulated my desired hair style/color and she completely exceeded my expectations! For those of you with thick, straight hair who want layers that fall naturally, Skip will not disappoint.

Customer Reviews

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“I have been getting my haircut at Cortex for nearly 30 years, almost ever since they opened.  I don’t think I have done anything that consistently for 30 years so the team at Cortex must be magic. I never have to tell my stylist to do anything, she just knows.  I would never go anywhere else.”

John T.

“I have been going to Cortex for over 15 years and love the warm vibe it has. I moved away from Atlanta for several years but would always stop in for a cut whenever I was in town.  I’m back permanently now and a stranger recently stopped me in the street to say ‘whoever is cutting your hair, has got it EXACTLY RIGHT.’   Thank you Jon!”

Ginny W.

“Brandy is amazing, particularly for curly hair.  Best haircuts (plural) I’ve ever had.  She’s able to change it up which can oftentimes be hard for curly hair.  My hair has never looked so great–bouncy and shiny.  I receive compliments all of the time from friends and strangers.”

Mona P.

“I’ve been going to Cortex Hair Studio™ and seeing Rachel for a little over 5 years now. I couldn’t ask for a more easy-going, trustworthy stylist! I never know what I want to do with my hair and she always sends me away feeling great!  It’s a charming little salon in the heart of Virginia Highlands.  The staff is always attentive and you can tell the clientèle have been coming there for years. I also love the fact that they text your appointment confirmation! I would recommend both Cortex and Rachel to anyone with no hesitation!”

Lori G.

“My review is looooong overdue for Lindsey. But since I’ve relocated to DC, I will say that she is truly amazing with color, and if you live in Atlanta and highlight your hair, you must go see her. She is a master of using highlights and lowlights to create the exact look that you’re wanting. She’s also great about suggesting subtle changes to keep things fresh. She really listens, and she executes color that is even richer and brighter than what you’re picturing. I like that the salon itself is really low-key also. Not too loud, not too congested. Feels like a neighborhood gem and a place where you can relax.”

Kelsey I.

“I literally have nothing negative to say about my experience at Cortex™. I’ve lived in Atlanta for 2 years so far and have yet to find my “soulmate stylist.” Until now. In looking for a salon, I was searching for something nearby my apartment that sold both Aveda as well as Bumble and Bumble. Finding Cortex™ was like my lucky day…Skip is a dream come true! Not only is she chill and actually fun to talk to, but she gave my long, flat, boring hair shape and body again and I left feeling refreshed and happy! Highly, highly recommend this place. Plus, the staff was SO nice! You have to love that!”

Shelly D.

“When you visit Cortex, you get the best in Atlanta. Whether you are male or female and want a cut or color, they can do the traditional or the cutting edge for you in a relaxing atmosphere. The place is always busy with clients of all ages. My favorite stylist is Skip, but from what I’ve seen while there all the stylists do a fantastic job.”

Mary Ruth B.

“I’ve been a customer at Cortex for almost 20 years and would never go anywhere else. Over the years, I’ve had several different stylists and they’ve all been excellent! From cut to color to the nice little scalp massage you usually get when they wash your hair, the whole experience is great. Rachel always seems to know what my hair needs and is invariably right on time. I definitely give it and her as many stars as possible!”

Julie G.

“I have never really given much thought to my hair but my wife convinced me to go to Cortex and I now see what all the fuss is about! As a business man, I need to make a good impression on people and that starts with a great haircut.”

Mitch J.

“Atmosphere, people and place is Amazing! Friendly, loving and knowledgeable staff! I would drive 3 hours if I had to get my hair cut there. Jon is out of this world! You just can’t go wrong in this place!”

Valerie A.

“When you first move to a new city it can be daunting to find a hair salon – finding the perfect place is like a needle in a haystack. I was lucky to be referred to Cortex early on and, after 15 years, I have never left. Jon has become a real friend and I tell everyone I know to go there!”

Michele J.

“I couldn’t recommend Cortex more!  I’m always welcomed warmly, my stylist is always ready for me, and of course, I love the results. You can tell that Marion always thinks of who her clientele but treats all the stylists like family. Its a very unique, neighborhood salon and I have always loved going there.”

Ellen G.