After extensive experimentation with various product combinations, the skin scholars at Charleston Spray Tan crafted a formula for an organic, nontoxic dye that imbues patrons with natural, long-lasting color. The spray contains a delicious low-calorie blend of vegetarian ingredients, antioxidants, infused multivitamins, and hyaluronic acids. In each of their three 20–30-minute sessions, customers are evenly coated in a DHA dye for streak-free, nonsticky results, masking cellulite, varicose veins, and skin discolorations. Epidermal artists tailor each tan according to customer's personal color aspirations, be it brown, light tan, or paisley.
Belying its moniker, Old South Barber Spa is a modern facility where the charms and amenities of an old-fashioned southern men’s club are ladled into a historical home’s luxurious confines. The shop’s barbers carefully trim hairs and gently shave beards and necklines using hot lather, shave oils, and a straightedge razor; the way it was done in the good old days when all walks to school were uphill on sidewalks made of quicksand. Barbers also treat hands and feet with manicures and pedicures, and pores with facials designed to rejuvenate and brighten skin.
Old South Barber Spa’s pleasantly placid interior, located inside a 217-year-old home, surrounds visitors in a comforting blanket of rich mahogany, lavish furnishings, and original antique heart-pine floors that evoke the drawing rooms of historical gentlemen’s clubs. In addition to banishing split ends to exile in a dustpan, customers may partake in complimentary beverages and shoeshines, and top off their spa experience by visiting the cigar bar, which will also enhance their Groucho Marx impressions.
Even after gaining more than a decade of beauty-industry experience in cities such as New York, LA, and Miami and training with brands such as MAC, Estée Lauder, and Dermalogica, Sebastian Culpepper was still missing one thing: his family. Seeking the familiar comfort—and relative quiet—of home, Sebastian moved back to his native Charleston and channeled his passion for aesthetics into a new venture, The iLash Studio. There, he augments lash lines with Xtreme Lashes extensions, applying them individually at the corners for a cat-eye look or across the lash line for a lush, doe-eyed appearance. Neutralizing the need for eye enhancements such as mascara or eyeliner, the extensions are also easily replenished when they naturally begin to fall out after several weeks.
Elyon Day Spa owner Leah Whatley lends more than a decade of spa experience and training with celebrity makeup artists to her massages, facials, makeup applications, and waxing and sugaring hair-removal services. Whether she's reviving skin with asian herbs during The Green Body Peel, a natural alternative to microdermabrasion treatments, or helping bodies glow with a silky sugar scrub or implanted light bulbs, Whatley strives to give each client a personalized experience.
Hair guru Chris Buxton brings more than 15 years of experience to the team at Article 5 Salon. On a personal mission to expand upon hair's natural beauty, Chris uses advanced coloring and cutting techniques to transform locks into stunning, yet easy-to-style designs. Specifically, he takes advantage of his training in graduated cutting, which is also what NFL teams do to make roster space. Chris also keeps his repertoire stocked with special techniques, including blowouts and Keratin smoothing treatments.
For more than 30 years, Bits of Lace has outfitted women in sultry European-style seduction wear. A skilled staff ensures perfect fits on the delicately designed undergarments, which include torso garnishes such as contour bras (from $62), push-up bras (from $88), and conical hug-deflecting bras, as well as lower-level decency protectors like panties (from $24) and thongs (from $18). The boutique's selection also includes luxe lingerie like bustiers (from $220) and teddies (from $76) engineered using NASA's latest in awoogah-eliciting technology. Accessories such as Forever New fabric wash ($15) and Hollywood fashion tape ($9) are also available.
Tropical Tan and Salon specializes in spray tanning, which they apply by hand to sidestep streaking and ensure there’s no orange tint to the tan. Staffers apply full-body versions of their spray tans in about 10 minutes, and they can last approximately one round trip to and from the moon—about 7–10 days. UV tanning is also available in Level 1 and 2 beds.
The salon team also performs waxing, nail services, and massage therapy, all with an emphasis on treating customers like family. In that vein, the interior offers a clean but comforting ambiance, with homey rugs over the hardwood floors, rich green plants towering toward the ceiling, and wicker-and-glass tables sporting beverage fixings. Wall art and cushioned couches in the waiting area point the way to a flat-screen TV, and the sunlight pouring through tall windows hints at the tanning going on inside.