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BRANDON L. THOMPSON Story by BRIAN HAMPTON

IN A CITY inundated with hair salons on every block

and renowned for having some of the nation’s top celebrity stylists, people not only demand quality service, but also a trained professional who will demonstrate both character and skill in their respective element. Master Stylist and Proprietor of The Modern Classic Salon, Brandon L. Thompson, is a renowned stylist and creative artist. Thompson has honed and perfected the craft of A – Z hair styling including precision cuts, natural styles, corrective and creative color, extensions, braids, Keratin Smoothing Complex and more. THE HAIR DOCTOR: Thompson is known on several social media platforms as “The Hair Doctor” and his clients, friends and family all agree that he was destined to become a hairstylist. Coincidentally, while his mother was pregnant with him, she was also a student in beauty school and would give birth to Brandon just a few weeks after graduating. Thompson passionately believes in styling hair back to health. In fact, when asked what his specialty is, he says, “I specialize in healthy hair. I do it all and work with a vast array of clients.” He continues to explain that making his clients’ hair look good is only one component of what you will get at The Modern Classic Salon, but more importantly, the end game is healthy hair and determining what is needed in order to restore and maintain it. As an experienced stylist, Brandon has learned the science behind achieving healthy and shiny hair for his clients. BEGINNINGS: Throughout his formative years, Thompson demonstrated an early interest for hair and its multiplicity of styles. He spent a lot of his childhood hanging around his mother’s two salons watching her style her clientele. Thompson states that he was so fascinated by hair, that even to this day; his mother often tells the story about how he would come home from football practice and sit down in the house to play with one of her mannequins. It was not until college that he began to do hair more consistently for side money. Thompson would braid the hair of college basketball, and football team members,

incorporating their names and designs into the braiding upon request. As time progressed, he decided to professionally cultivate his gift of hair styling and enroll at an Empire Beauty School where his mother was an instructor. Thompson was later licensed as an instructor and relocated to Atlanta GA, where he further developed his craft, while subsequently launching his own salon, The Modern Classic in June of 2014. INDIVIDUAL STYLE: Brandon describes his style as “modern classic” which explains the vision behind his salon brand. He feels it best describes his personal style, hair styling, interior design, and lifestyle as a whole. His aesthetic typically gravitates more toward classic-timeless pieces such as oxford shirts, blazers, jeans, etc., but with a contemporary edge and play on accessories such as layered bracelets, hats, head wraps, and distinct shoe styles. As an avid shopper and connoisseur of fine garments, Brandon is unashamed to say, that fashion is a big part of who he has become. Beyond the outer, he shares that what people mostly admire about him is his ability to relate to his clients and that he very purely cares about their welfare altogether. INSPIRATION & SUCCESS: Brandon attributes his success to the leadership and examples of hard work, set by his mother and father, who helped him believe in himself. Thompson states that his mother always encouraged him to do his absolute best at whatever he chose to do in life and has cheered him along the way. As a result, this has sparked a level of confidence, which compels him to keep building his brand and effectively manage the salon. In addition, the salon itself is elegantly postured in a private classy space at The Meridian Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta where he and his intern tirelessly work their creative art! Brandon, though endowed with great talents beyond just hair, says that his main priority is to continue to solidify the business and to give it the time needed to blossom from the inside out. To learn more about Brandon L Thompson and his artistry, please visit: themodernclassicsalon.com.

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