The perfect cut frames the
face. The perfect
style frames the
Kristen James

I am not strange.
I am just not normal.
Salvador Dali


Award winning SALON.
We bring a personal approach
to every head of hair,which is why
our clients love us
and why they keep coming back.


Owner, Stylist, C-Cut Guru

Kristen is the creative force behind the art that is KJ Studio. She's won numerous awards for her scissor skills, but her best award is the list of longtime clients who have trusted her with their styles for over a decade. She has been twice featured in Atlanta magazine for her innovative "C-Cut," which has landed her national recognition for its revolutionary success for women with ringlets, waves and spirals. At the end of each day, her greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that she's helped each and every client realize their absolute best hair.


  • Haircut

  • C-Cut for Curly Hair

  • Single Process Color

  • Full and Partial Foil Highlights

  • Corrective Color

  • Ombre

  • Bayalage

  • Blowout

  • Up Do


Stylist to the Stars

Cayla has been WOWing clients with amazing hair results for over 13 years. Her love of people and hair has led her down many paths, from being an educator and mentor to styling for the stars in both movies and television. Over the years, her work has been featured in numerous magazines, including Atlanta Magazine, The Knot, and Jezebel, but her greatest accomplishments are always one-on-one. She excels at finding the perfect fit for every client because she truly loves getting to know each person and matching personality to style.


  • Haircut

  • Men's Cut

  • Color and Cut

  • Full Foil Highlights

  • Partial Foil Highlights

  • Single Process Color (no foil)


Master of Sharp Scissors & Sharper Wit

Armed with both a sense of style and a sense of humor, Will turns a haircut into an experience, discovering his client's personality and highlighting it with the perfect style.


  • Single Process Color

  • Blowout

A true artist
is not one who is inspired,
but one who inspires others.
Salvador Dali


Straight hair. curly
hair. color and highlight.
blow outs. make up.
we offer diverse services
for diverse clients.

The C-Cut. It's tamed thousands of curly heads, and it's made KJ Studio the go-to destination for women with kinks, curls, ringlets, and spirals. The C-Cut has made Kristen James a mainstay in Atlanta's hair styling community for over a decade, and her Vining's salon is the only place in Atlanta you can get the C-Cut.

The C-Cut for curly hair began decades ago in Kristen's native Canada. While Kristen dreamed of replacing her straight hair with her sister's curls, her sister was never happy with having wild locks that no hairdresser could conquer. Kristen was determined to tame the kinks in the best way possible - by guiding them into flattering, manageable, complementary styles. After much trial and error (and thanks to her sister for enduring those errors), Kristen developed her signature C-Cut and made her sister truly happy with her hair.

The C-Cut involves making c-shaped incisions into certain locks of hair, defining the curls and giving the head some serious style. "I'm trying to get girls to embrace their curls and not fight them," says James.

She has succeeded. And today, she's teaching her technique to the hair artists of the Kristen James Hair Studio, so even more women can love their hair.

Your life may not be
perfect, but your hair can be.
Kristen James


Changing the world.
One haircut
at a time.

Experience is key, which is why we place the highest importance on ensuring that every client has a relaxing, positive and stress-free visit to the Kristen James Studio. Our policies help us consistently provide the experience you expect.

PRICING Pricing can be located on our booking website. Please note that pricing is subject to change based on additional timing or product needed for your overall finish.

FIRST TIME CLIENTS If you are unsure of the type of service to book, it is best to call us so we can get a good idea of what you’re looking for in a service together. We do offer complimentary consultations to better prepare our journey with you. We do require a deposit for first time clients and deposits must be paid in order to secure your appointment. Providing less than 48 hour notice when rescheduling or cancelling an appointment will result in loss of deposits.

CANCELLATION POLICY Kristen James Hair Studio requires a mandatory 48 hour notice for changes to appointments. Emails to cancel or change appointments are NOT accepted. Failure to provide required notice by phone will result in 100% of the service fee and must be paid before a new appointment can be scheduled. If deposit was given or prepayment made then all monies are thereby forfeited if proper notice was not advised. LATE fee/No Show fee will be added to guest account.


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we can help you
look your best.

  • 3988 Atlanta RD SE, Suite D
    Smyrna, GA 30080
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  • Tues-Fri: 10:30am → 7:00pm
    Sat: 10:00am → 5:00pm
    Sun-Mon: Closed

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