Meet Our Staff

Jim Foster

Jim Foster

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Jim was born in Bluefield, WV. He was a medical laboratory technician before becoming a master cosmetologist. He attended Cappelli Learning Institute for Cosmetology in 1988 under the direction of Fugi Escabedo. Jim is an exceptionally technical hairdresser and a master of color. He opened Real...Gifts, Hair and...(now Real Salon) in December of 2000 providing the citizens of Avondale Estates, Decatur, and surrounding areas high quality hair care in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Marty Read

Marty Read

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Marty was born in Stepney, London, England. He came to the U.S. in 1988 to pursue a career in cosmetology. He attended Cappelli Learning Institute for Cosmetology in 1988 under the direction of Fugi Escabedo. His previous work experience was at Headlines in Little Five Points for 15 years before joining the staff of Real Salon in April 2004. Marty is an amazingly creative and talented hairdresser. His vast experience working with all types of hair means you will never leave Real Salon anything less than beautiful!

Ian Johnston

Ian Johnston

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Ian was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a 3rd generation Decaturite and graduated from Decatur High School in 2005. Ian worked a few odd jobs before coming to work at Real Salon in 2006. He started as the receptionist before training under Jim Foster, Marty Read, and Stephen Henson as an apprentice. After two years of apprenticing, Ian became a Master Cosmetologist in June of 2008. Getting a very hands on, real world education has given him a leg up compared to many young stylists. On the days when he is not in the salon, he works as and educator helping others learn the creativity that Framesi has to offer. Ian is happy to meet any of your hair needs!

Mandie Boling

Mandie Boling

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Mandie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been a Master of Cosmetology since 2003. She assisted under a top stylist in a high end Atlanta salon before joining Real Salon in 2009. Mandie enjoys the creativity the salon environment provides. Color, highlights, and keeping up with the latest trends are her specialty, but Mandie especially loves making a visit to Real Salon relaxing, fun, and beautiful for her clients.

Naomi Bartolacci

Naomi Bartolacci

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Real Salon will be welcoming Naomi to the staff as a senior stylist on September 7, 2016.
Naomi grew up Stone Mountain. She attended the Beauty College of Georgia and became a Master Cosmetologist in 1993. She has worked in the Atlanta area for the last 20+ years, from Little Five Points to Morningside. She has advanced training from Framesi Technical Specialists in cut and color techniques. In the past, she also worked as an Educational Specialist for Sebastian Professional. Naomi loves keeping up with the latest coloring techniques, whether it is Balayage, Neon, Pastel, Buttery Blonde, Neutral Nude, Woodsy Brown, or a Coppery Red you want, she will deliver. She gets great joy in the transformation; nothing makes her happier than putting a genuine smile on a client's face.