Just a short trip from the beach, Skin And Nail Boutique prepares bodies for a long season of bikini-clad sunbathing with spa treatments for the face, body, and nails. The spa’s no-cell-phone policy and elegant wrought-iron accents ensure a departure from the daily routine as clients submit to the soothing clays of facials or the warm waxes of hair-removal treatments. All-natural body wraps infused with aloe vera or mineral formulas work from the inside out, flushing away toxins and helping shoulders sprout their nascent butterfly wings.
With its stately columns and spacious porch, the 100-year-old brick exterior of A Cut Above Hair Studio recalls a time when hair coloring was a luxury only beet farmers could enjoy. Luckily, the renovated house?which once belonged to the Payne family, owners of the Payne Music Company in downtown Greenville?now welcomes tresses of all professions into its homey interior. A brick fireplace invites guests to sit for a spell and admire the deep-maroon walls and hardwood floors, or hear antique wooden furniture talk about how long it would have had to walk if it had been able to go to school.
Though the decor is old-fashioned, the techniques and products used in the salon are not. When coloring curls, the experienced stylists focus not only on beauty but on the health of the hair, using the Goldwell line to gently accentuate natural hues. They also share their up-to-date knowledge with cosmetology graduates, helping them to jump-start their careers or newfangled gas-powered hair dryers.
Photographer Tony de Lorenzi knows that some clients want flattering photographs that capture their best angles, and others want images that reflect the spontaneity of the moment. That's why he lets each client decide whether he will provide direction, orchestrating fetching poses, or snap photojournalistic action shots.
De Lorenzi travels throughout Greenville and Asheville to preserve memories of weddings, create artful maternity shots, and photograph families together. He also holds boudoir-style photo shoots on location in the historic Augusta Manor, playing music in the background to put clients at ease. When he's not behind the lens, de Lorenzi puts on clinics that teach students how to take their own photographs.
Inside Spa Venus's elegant walls, Bonnie visualizes the sculpted hairdo within each set of long locks. She trims away splits ends and uncovers fashionable bobs or long wavy curls, uses her coloring services to add dimension through highlights, or flatters skin tones with a complete color change.