Atelier first opened its doors in 1997 as an Aveda concept salon in downtown Los Altos.

May 2002: the Aveda corporation chose Atelier founder Karie Bennett to open the flagship Bay Area Aveda Lifestyle Salon at Santana Row in San Jose.  Since then, Atelier Salon has been widely recognized as one of the fastest-growing, top-rated salons in both the Bay Area community and the nation.  Their mission is to offer hair services in a warm, welcoming environment–and to use natural, responsibly sourced products derived from plant and flower essences–that’s why we use AVEDA.

June 2007: Atelier expanded into a second space–also at Santana Row, due to amazing growth of the team and so many loyal guests.

January 2012: Atelier Studio doubled its size–and remodeled with an open, urban feeling, focusing exclusively on hair services, including Aveda botanical hair color. This hip, eco-chic salon is a friendly oasis from the busy world outside. Located just steps away from the original Atelier Salon location, this annex gives guests more options as far as artists and appointment times.

January 2016: This growing team needed more room to spread out.  Atelier Salon & Barber Shop opened on Lincoln Avenue, the main street of this charming downtown village. Atelier Willow Glen occupies two floors, including the Bay Area’s first Aveda-centric Barber Shop.  Atelier Willow Glen is located at 1047 Lincoln Ave. Suites 101 & 202, San Jose.  408-293-3494.

Whichever of our Atelier locations you choose, the point of difference is in the Atelier customer service…from the friendly guest experience team whose mission it is to make an Atelier visit stress-free and joyful, to their talented hair and makeup artists who are constantly adding to their education…they consider your visit to be a privilege to earn at every visit.  They offer your choice of a complimentary beverage with your service: Aveda’s caffeine-free Comforting Tea, purified water, coffee, or wine (beer in our barber shop).  Your hair service also includes a scalp and neck massage with your haircut, or a luxurious hand treatment with your hair color.  Suffice it to say, Atelier wants your visit to be fantastic.

Atelier has received numerous industry distinctions, such as being one of the Top 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by Salon Today magazine for multiple years, receiving the Global Salon Business Award, and the coveted Salon Master of Business Award from the North American Hairstyling Association.  While awards are lovely, we consider them more of a compass than a badge, using them as a new standard that we want to surpass.  The true reward is the smile on the faces of our beautiful guests, and the compliments they get when they feel and look their best.  Check them out on Instagram @atelieraveda @atelieravedawillowglen @atelierbarber

At Atelier, we feel passionate about our industry and our craft. We believe that learning never ends, and that teamwork is more fun than working alone. We offer our guests a team environment, where they have the ultimate freedom of choice. We encourage our guests to move about the salon, try a new artist each time, or mix and match services: one artist for cut, another for color. We’re always happy to see you, whichever chair you’re sitting in.  Our extended business hours are designed to accommodate your schedule, for the ultimate in customer service.

Have a question, comment, feedback or compliment?  Email our GM, Rob Willis: rob@ateliersalon.com.  Atelier always values customer input.

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Atelier literally means "artist's workshop", which explains our approach of combining superior education with creative vision to bring out your authentic beauty, while enhancing your best features to suit your lifestyle. At Atelier, you are our greatest work of art.