Van Council [/caption]Van Council launched the first Van Michael Salon in the Buckhead area of Atlanta with his brother Michael in 1984 with the goal of creating a high-quality salon offering the latest cut and color techniques in a creative, non-intimidating environment.
Before long, Van had not only won a loyal following of local clientele, but recognition among the industry with such prestigious awards as “North American Hairstylist of the Year”, “Avant Garde Stylist of the Year”, “Makeover Stylist of the Year”, as well as becoming a member of the Aveda Global Masters Team. Using his business savvy and building upon the salon’s superior reputation, Van expanded the Van Michael Salon empire with the addition of several Atlanta locations, an intensive New Talents ™ training program for new stylists, and a broadened range of services offered to include makeup, facial waxing and bridal services.
In 2014, Van Michael Salon celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of two new locations in Atlanta. Today there are seven Atlanta-area Van Michael Salons with a combined total of more than 100,000 clients and 370 employees, as well as a Tokyo-based franchise operation.
Van himself stays busy with his ever-expanding schedule of private and celebrity clients as well as utilizing his creative and technical expertise as one of the leading spokespeople for Aveda worldwide and his newly appointed position as Fashion Director of the prestigious industry organization Intercoiffure American/Canada.