Every basketball team starts five players. It's an homage to the harmony engendered by the five-pronged leadership at May River Dermatology, consisting of two board-certified dermatologists, two physician assistants, and one MBA-holding practice administrator. And just as the best NBA teams win games, May River Dermatology wins awards, most recently Bluffton Today's 2012 Best Dermatologist Office award. Their accreditations testify to their expertise in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.
The group specializes in diagnosing skin cancer and other skin, hair, and nail diseases—their treatments address these ailments. Dr. Carmen Traywick, along with licensed aesthetician Aimee, also performs a variety of aesthetic treatments, such as chemical peels, dermaplaning, acne treatments, and milia removal. To render their roster of epidermal treatments—which is as wide as a piece of taffy stretched to opposite ends of a taffy factory—they make use of an equally wide roster of products, including Obagi Medical, Afirm, Jane Iredale, Vanicream, Latisse, Glycolix and Replenix, and Clarisonic.
With the dexterity of sailors securing their ships to shore, the stylists of Tara’s at Moss Creek weave clients' hair into intricate knots and patterns. The unique designs are popular among brides-to-be, so the team also performs prewedding day services that allow brides and bridal parties to get a glimpse of the final product with plenty of time to make changes.
In addition to wedding-day updos, the full-service salon offers waxing services, mani-pedis, and hair services for both men and women. To offer their clients a more comprehensive service menu, they also perform advanced treatments such as keratin protein applications, which control frizz—even in humid climates—for up to six months or six encounters with an electric eel.
In their perch above Vineyard 55, Spa Vino on Calhoun’s expert staff provide clients with Eastern- and Western-inspired beauty treatments ranging from acupuncture and massages to HydraFacials and vinotherapy skincare, which incorporates grapes, grape seeds, and wine. While waiting for their waxing, spray-tanning, or microdermabrasion appointments, visitors can catch breezes and sip complimentary refreshments on the spa’s front porch. Spa Vino on Calhoun’s tranquil interior might remind clients of their own homes, with comfy treatment rooms and bare spots on the walls where each client’s family portrait could hang.
All About Me corrals a salon, a spa, and a boutique in its fetching space, characterized by pitched ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. Decorated with a soft color palette and fresh flowers, the spa wraps customers in an oasis of comfort on the aquatic enclave of Hilton Head Island. Technicians nurture nails while guests kick back, form kick lines at manicure stations, or recline on plush, massaging pedicure chairs. Meanwhile, the team of seasoned stylists conscripts high-quality Goldwell, TIGI, and Pureology hair products.
Not far from the bubbling waters of Fountain Center's outdoor fountain sits the entrance to Fountain Spa, a boutique day spa helmed by massage therapist Vicki Economou. The quiet courtyard outside serves as a fitting prelude to each spa experience, during which Vicki’s team of massage therapists and beauty technicians encourage whole-body wellness with holistic treatments and natural products.
Small batches of ilike organic skin care products draw their potency from blended fruits and veggies; the spa’s aesthetician calls upon these naturally derived concoctions during four facials that focus on deep cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and overall pampering. Similarly, locally sourced Nourish bath products and Savannah Bee Company products fuel mani-pedis, body wraps, and massages. Massages, which are available in holistic modalities such as lomi lomi and foot-powered ashiatsu, can also be enhanced with aromatherapy, bamboo sticks, hot stones, or stress-melting jalapeño peppers worn on the therapist’s fingertips.