Candace Phillips

Owner & Founder

CANDACE PHILLIPS has been in the hair industry for over 20 years. Originally from Lansing, MI, she started as a shampoo girl at the age 12 under the meticulous training of Terri Nelson. It was then she was introduced to John Paul Mitchell Systems, and hence the love affair began.

Upon completion of beauty school, while simultaneously graduating high school with honors, she continued on to college at Grambling State University in Louisiana, graduating with a BA in Sociology. She is a trained Paul Mitchell Educator and Platform Artist/Educator for KMB Salon Systems. She also owns and operates CandyShoppe Hair Studio in Atlanta, GA, since 2004. She has also been acknowledged by the Atlanta Fashion Awards, for “BEST HAIRSTYLIST IN ATLANTA 2010” and 2014 BEST of ATLANTA AWARD in the HAIR COLORING category by Atlanta Awards Program.

Atlanta has been her home since 1999, adopting local mentors such as Tom Harris, Sherita Cherry, Sam Dobbs and Tony Promisciuo to name a few. She has trained under some of the top hairstylists in the world.

In addition to her cutting edge looks and trademark three dimensional coloring & blonding techniques, she has perfected the long, flowing styles she’s known for as well! Candace creates ultra-modern, chic styles while also focusing on hair’s optimum health.

She believes in a photo ready finish, with a touch of Fab! Her looks range from boardroom ready to runway! This type of creativity, energy, and speed has made her a favorite with photographers!

Her work has been seen on Various Artists, T.V. Personalities, and Magazines, such as “Good Day Atlanta”, “Ambush Makeover”, “Jezebel Magazine”, Bronner Bros Hair Show, & even charities events (which is a passion of hers). Get ready for more from this industry trendsetter!


I have tried many stylist since I’ve been in Atlanta (5+ years) Candace by far is the BEST there is. My husband told me that I better stick with her and I’ll agree with him (this once). My color is amazing…my hair looks amazing and it lasts FOREVER! Thank you for just being the BEST! ~ Natalie Miller

Candace is the only stylist I trust to cut & color my hair…I’ve been a blonde, redhead, and am now back to my natural dark brown. Ppl think having color equals hair breakage, dull & dry. Not w/ Candace…my hair was amazing to where you’d think I was born that way. Having long hair I’ve also hated stylists that when getting my ends trimmed it looked like a full on cut…not here. Candace provides the trim & styling while keeping my length. I currently have an asymmetrical cut that has grown out, but still has kept it’s shape & yields daily compliments. I also was ignorant to Paul Mitchell’s hair care products. I didn’t think they were for African American hair…WRONG!!! Since using their products and hair color, my hair has literally been the healthiest it’s ever been. Healthy hair is priceless ladies….we put time, energy & money into everything else, well make sure you give your hair the best too! And the best is Candace! ~ Janaia Moore

I always walk out of the salon feeling good and looking great. Candace is AMAZING with my natural hair. It is always so silky and full of body when she does it. People stop me all of the time to compliment my hair. She is very talented and a true professional! ~ Veronica Best