Sweet 185?s dedication to natural ingredients is apparent in its organic facials, which rely on plant essences, and its holistic massages, which use herbal oils. The same can be said about its hair removal treatments?rather than rely on chemical-laden waxes, Sweet 185?s experts hark back to the ancient Egyptian technique of sugaring, using an un-heated paste made simply of sugar, water, and lemon to remove hair. Because of this excellence, they have been included in USA Today's Top 10 Spas in Charleston.
Meanwhile, the spa's oxygen therapy treatments have caught the attention of both the Charleston Mercury and the Moultrie News. Inhaling four to five times the normal amount of oxygen in the air while reclining in the spa's leather zero-gravity chairs is said to promote healing and heighten memory, and is far easier than doing aerobics in space.
After their treatment, guests can peruse Sweet 185 boutique, where staff have handpicked gifts and goods ranging from natural chocolates to jewelry to organic sunscreen. There, visitors will also find Angel Rox clothing made with organic cotton and low-impact dyes, Jurlique creams and lotions that are never tested on animals, and Nadina bath towels, made with sustainably grown bamboo rayon.
The team at Stuart Laurence Salon, a Bumble and bumble network salon, knows a thing or two about hair. These stylists hone their haircutting and coloring techniques at Bumble and bumble University, an institute for hairdresser education in New York City. They have also trained with industry greats such as Toni & Guy, and a few have even worked in art design, television, and film. Several staffers are Ouidad-certified stylists, who have diligently studied haircare designed specifically for curly locks. One such technique is Ouidad's signature Carve & Slice cutting method, which can be used to remove extra bulk or create well-defined, manageable ringlets that dead-eyed porcelain dolls would kill for.
The highly trained stylists specialize in precise highlights and color that ranges from natural to avant garde. They also perform custom hair and makeup services for weddings.
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.
Cloud 9 Spa Therapy promotes overall wellness with therapies that target skin-deep ailments as well as ingrained stress. The spa’s extensive list of services encompasses exfoliating body treatments, lash and brow tinting, and tension-relieving massages, such as Swedish or deep tissue—all of which are aided by hot stones and towels. They beautify faces with microcurrent technologies or custom facials that utilize Image skincare products; before you scheduling a facial, take advantage of a complimentary phone consultation that is as comforting as a parent who takes the time to attend all of your first dates. When they’re not pampering patrons, the staffers are leading spa education classes. There, they teach patrons how to make soap or body scrubs from salt, sugar, and ground-up Legos.
Licensed in both skincare and massage therapy, Indigo in Balance's Rosella McGilsky pampers bodies and nurtures complexions with a full menu of spa services. During organic facials and therapeutic massages, Rosella relies on the all-natural bath and body formulations of Dancin' Goat, a line of spa products that she envisioned and still formulates herself. All of her products are handmade on a self-sustaining goat farm on John?s Island, where residents help by grinding down the ingredients with their horns. Regardless of her products, Rosella?s treatments would amount to little without her nimble hands, which she employs to great effect during Thai massages, organic facials, body treatments, and waxing services.
Claudia's aesthetician training began miles away from Charleston in her native country of Brazil, where she studied Health Education at Anhembi University and worked at spas throughout S?o Paulo. She brings her firsthand expertise in Brazilian waxing and beauty treatments to each of her five spas, administering a variety of waxing services along with various body treatments, facials, endermologie treatments, and massages. She and her fellow aestheticians also offer threading and sugaring treatments that remove hair without relying on wax. Her passions have driven her to open a network of spas located in North Charleston, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and Columbia.