CJ Nicotera, a hidden gem in the Atlanta salon scene, began her career over 25 years ago with a desire to create. Her aesthetic awareness along with having a natural talent to help others has led to an evolving journey of inspiration and growth. What began as a need for creative expression quickly transformed into an artistic and spiritual journey to bring beauty to others.   

In CJ's eyes, EVERY individual is beautiful. It's not about one's outer beauty, it's about bringing one's outer beauty in balance with one's inner beauty and the process of that transformation. CJ possesses a level of perception and understanding that allows her to relate and understand the needs of her clients. She is able to translate the needs of the client into every aspect of the service from the haircut and color to the finished style.        

Inspired by the human need for appreciation and self esteem, CJ has earned a favorable and impressive reputation for her specialized technique on the classic "makeover". She rejects the idea of temporary or superficial looks. The makeover isn't just one moment or one salon visit, it must be something that lasts for life. CJ wants her clients to feel as though they have transformed into the beautiful, strong soul they already are and to be able to build and grow with their new identity. CJ's love for makeovers broadens into special occasion hair, make up artistry and weddings as well. She strives to reveal the true beauty and of every guest she encounters.

CJ is one of the most dedicated artists in the industry. She is constantly expanding her knowledge and wealth of the ever evolving beauty industry by taking continuing education courses at The AVEDA Institute in Atlanta and attending numerous shows.  CJ always shares her passion and knowledge with other artists at Balance and is confident that her clients her team of stylists will benefit from being a part of our Balance family. 

CJ Nicotera lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, beautiful daughter, two dogs, one cat and one goldfish. She is a licensed Master Cosmetologist, business owner and most importantly, a visionary. Her biggest inspirations are Vidal Sassoon and is also inspired by the philosophical and ethical standards of AVEDA. CJ strives everyday to positively impact the beauty industry andthe people she encounters.                           

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Licensed Inn the state of New York and Georgia Master Cosmetolgy

Master in Esthetics.

Master in Make-up Artistry.

Certified Inn;Pivit point; The begining of hair and Geometry.(A beautiful lost art) Aveda; Business college,hair cutting, color, and Make- up.Purology:the art of cutting and finishing Styles. Redken;Summit salon business College,The art of cutting and konw why.The art of color,Shades EQ (love) and Balayge.Ombre' the true Highlight.! Attends all runway education.

All Certifications done between the years of 1990-2014, and continuing.