About

Our story begins with the meeting of two business partners 40 years ago when Mitchell Barnes joined Carey Carter in 1972 as the Style Directors for all of Rich’s Hair Salons. During their 14 year reign, Carey and Mitchell created hair styles for all of the fashion clothes designers who visited Atlanta to showcase their Collections at Rich’s Department Stores. This allowed Mitchell and Carey to create a renown reputation in New York with many couture designers who began using their hair color variations and styling creations to showcase their fashion lines. Their exceptional talent caught the attention of L’Oreal of Paris and a partnership was formed that is still going strong today. Over the years, Mitchell and Carey have traveled the entire United States and Europe representing L’Oreal in fashion shows, store openings, and at conventions.

Meanwhile, Perri Higbie had been busy teaching hair color for 19 years in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and all over the US. Her reputation as one of Australia’s top colorists was noticed by L’Oreal U.S.A. and she was transferred by the Paris based company in 1984 as a as a color specialist for the “Salon Professional Division”.

In 1986, Carey Carter, Mitchell Barnes, and Perri Higbie joined their talent, experience, and style by creating one of the most acclaimed salons in Atlanta: Carter • Barnes Hair Artisans. They designed the stunning flagship location, which opened May 5, 1987 in Atlanta’s premiere shopping center, Phipps Plaza. Carter • Barnes on Paces followed, opening in April of 1996 in the heart of Buckhead and is home to a staff of 20. Both salons are full-service salons, specializing in industry leading hair design; including a variety of coloring techniques, cutting, styling, and special occasion services. Full spas offer pampering experiences from facials, massage, and waxings to manicures and pedicures to make-up specialized for any occasion.

Over the years, Carter • Barnes Hair Artisans has grown a stellar reputation in our industry in the US and around the world. We have worked with such hair and high fashion names as Armani, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Versace, Escada, Jeffery’s, Vera Wang, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karen, and Calvin Klein. Carter Barnes has been featured in numerous publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, American Salon, Studio and Modern Salon, and Family Circle Magazine. Carter • Barnes attended Hair World (the hair Olympics) three times, was awarded the Glamour Award in 2002 by The Fashion Group Institute, and is the official hair salon for the Atlanta Apparel Mart.

Always believing in being a motivating part of the community, Carter • Barnes has a deep belief in giving back and is continuously involved in numerous charitable works. Over the years, we have proudly worked with and supported: The Alzheimer Association of Georgia, St. Joseph’s Mercy Cares, Project Open Hand, UNICEF, Chattanooga Cares, Jeffery’s Fashion Cares, Murphy Harpst, Cuts for the Cure, and Bodies as a Work of Art. Carter Barnes hosted our own successful event in 2009, Beauty Boost, and gave away services to more than 200 Atlanta residents affected by the current economy. Carey Carter was awarded the 2009 Community Service Award by WXIA channel 11 for his extensive philanthropic work in association with abused and foster children. In 2012, Mitchell Barnes raised more than $50,000 by “Dancing with the Atlanta Stars” for the Alzheimer Association of Georgia.

Most especially, we believe in our motto: Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen. We will continue to pride ourselves in the highest quality of customer service and excellence in servicing all your beauty needs. Each and every client is a member of our ever growing family.