We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Hassan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’d have to say I always look at risk without fear. Looking at pros and cons, but above all I tend to have the ‘go for it’ attitude mainly because I’m willing to work and learn. Ever since I was young, If I was interested I was willing to read and learn everything about it. I have found throughout my life it has worked out well taking risks weather it be military since I couldn’t go to college, moving across the US with no money, having kids, opening a wellness salon. Always a learning experience and ever changing but that’s what I enjoy most about life.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Hemlock salon has a huge focus on sustainability, non toxic products and wellness internally and externally. We want everyone who comes to us to feel relaxed, pampered and disconnect from the fast paced work life. Let us be creative while you enjoy the little touches to get you a slower pace whether it be a warm aromatherapy neck pillow, a wellness latte, all the greenery and huge windows. We also have amazing “add on” services you can come in for or add to your hair service that are on our website. My herbal knowledge and ayurvedic treatments set us apart for the hair industry. We sell products that are all from sustainable companies and are organic and plant based. We want to set clients up for success with taking care of themselves inside and out. Once I found the world of hair opportunities I fell in love, it was ever changing. The first ten years of my career was spent working almost 7 days a week, working behind the chair, teaching, traveling and doing platform work. I made goals and met them and some once I got there realized that wasn’t where I wanted to be. The last ten years has been spent on my personal life along with my long term goals. Tons of business plans, ideas… and at the end of the day I can say when the times right you will make it happen. In the end, once I made up my mind it all came together ( I’m a virgo incase your wondering lol), I put my head down and worked, organized my time to balance true time with my children, dogs and husband. I’d say the hardest part has been Covid of course- trying to build a business with two small children out of school, my husband has a business as well so we have been playing tag with home life and work. But I hope my staff at hemlock can attest I care deeply about building people up, the environment and a positive creative enviroment. Which is why I think we are doing well in the pandemic and growing.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
oh man.. well I have small children so my life has changed majorly since My life pre children. But we still get out lol! I love coffee shops like the diaries, the daily dose, cafe momonoki and also doctor Bombays tea room. Food wise my favorites are Kimble house -yet to have an average drink or meal. also the gun show, supremo, sotto sotto, and red bird, and you gotta have a fruit cup from lotta Fruita. Day time I love Atlantas nature preserves like lull water, Morningside and of course I live next to the Kirkwood urban forest and is probably why I still live in the city. I’m still connected to nature. Our families favorite activity to do when we have free time and good weather is biking. biking anywhere around Inman to decatur is normal and cars are used to seeing bikers. Lots of great trails , scenery, parks that you miss if you’re driving. swinging by the boutiques on north ave and highlands ave are great to check out regularly ( Megan huntz, fig and flower, Highland antiques, young blood ). the weekend local farmers markets are the best as well ussually live music at those as well. Evenings I’d take guests to the rooftop at ponce city market or call my single friends or clients who always know the where to live music is

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Huge shoutout to my Dad! He was the biggest impact on my life weather it be hard work ethics, waste not want not attitude ( although I always strive to be better) and never judging me as I grew up. He let me be ME as long as I did my work. The others in my hair career is of course my clients and the relationships we create. Other stylists I’ve worked with who inspire me and keep me on my toes. Lastly Patricia Howell my herbal teacher who opened up my mind to the possibilities of combining my herbal knowledge, wellness and finding ways to change the hair industry for the better. Being creative will always be there and it doesn’t have to be toxic

Website: www.hemlocksalon.com

Instagram: @hemlocksalon

Other: salon phone for booking 404-502-9744

Image Credits
photos by Sharif Hassan. www.sharifhassan.com

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