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.
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.
The stylists and nail tech at Techniques Salon & Spa bring the latest looks to their clients heads, hands, and feet. In addition to administering cuts, extensions, and relaxers, the salon's stylists are also color specialists who artfully create highlights that conjure visions of days spend in the sun or nights spent running through a sprinkler filled with cherry Kool-Aid. Nail services pamper natural and acrylic digits, coating them with layers of traditional polish or long-lasting CND Shellac or Gelish lacquer.
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.