Owned by father-and-son duo Lou and Brent, Barbers of the Low Country renders facial planes smooth with old-style straight-razor shaves and traditional grooming products. The Closest Shave Experience preps cheeks with preshaving oils and prerecorded locker-room pep talks before swaddling mugs in a steamy towel. A hot lather then covers stubbly thatches, and a straight razor deftly slices at beards, mustaches, and sideburns, leaving skin more touchable than a velvet synthesizer keyboard. To freshen up newly suave kissers, an application of after-shave lotion caps off the 30- to 60-minute treatment.
Planet Beach administers spa services in a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines do all of the heavy lifting. Each friendly automaton provides a specific service, from seated massage ($39 per session) to spray tanning ($25 per session). Standard UV-tanning booths glisten patrons with a butterscotch sheen ($11 per session), and advanced spa services such as the luminous facial ($39 per session) and hydro-derma fusion ($39 per session) enable sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
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.
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 can also be enhanced with aromatherapy, bamboo sticks, hot stones.
At Platinum Hair Design, hair designers Deidra Cooper and Karen Wilburn oversee a variety of salon services powered by a spread of European products and Enjoy’s haircare line. Enjoy—a brand known for its sulfate-free shampoos and botanical-rich, volumizing conditioners—stars in many services by day, and occasionally moonlights as the preferred choice of local lounge singers. And when the team needs inspiration for new products or services, they often turn to Toni&Guy's award-winning training sessions, which have recently blessed Platinum Hair Design with trending treatments such as trilevel color weaves, blond-on-blond highlights, and caramelizing highlights.
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.