After discovering and treating a few precancerous skin cells, Aislin Spangler decided UV tanning was not the way to go. So she researched alternative options, and by the time she teamed up with her friends Emily Meeker and Lauren Salinas in 2009 to form Spray Soleil, she was well-versed in the field. Today, the trio runs a mobile spray-tan company and travels to clients' homes or offices anywhere within Charleston and Greensboro to mist them with paraben-free tanning solutions that are made in the United States and never tested on animals. Those solutions include witch-hazel-infused organic tanners along with the original solution, which coats skin with a golden hue while infusing it with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.
Spray Soleil's stylists and aestheticians travel as well, brushing rouge on cheekbones or dyes into hair during makeup and hair treatments. Completing the mobile spa is Ellen, a licensed massage therapist with seven years of experience. She uses long, languid strokes, hot stones, or targeted pressure during customizable massages to relieve fatigue and chronic aches caused by injury or part-time gigs as a whack-a-mole.
Anne Pipkin was once a loyal customer of gorgeousGLO. But she loved the spray-tanning salon so much that she couldn't resist becoming the owner. In that capacity, Pipkin joins with her fellow staff members, Donna Sloop, Zoe Shook, and Catherine Slaven, to share their studio's natural spray-tanning formula with their clients. They help tanners achieve bronzed hues without the incurring harmful effects of UV rays or painstakingly coloring themselves in gold crayon. Alternatively, an on-site blow-out center manned by stylists Charlie Butler, Stephanie Rivera, Emily McCorkle, Deidra Sigarroa, Christina Couch, Lauren Wescott, and Zoe Shook top off tan looks with sleekly styled coifs. Blowouts, updos, and conditioning treatments prepare locks for special events including prom, weddings, and engagement parties.
The brick stoop and fireplace of Urban.i Salon exude the comfort of a boutique establishment. But the white-leather furniture; dark, coffee-toned floors; and dimly glowing chandeliers recall the modernity of an urban salon. Guests revel in the homey-yet-chic aesthetic as a staff of stylists, aestheticians, and giant walking scissors create stylish new looks via haircuts, highlights, and straightening treatments. These sessions are supported by some of the cosmetic industry's most renowned products, including the Phyto haircare system and Dermalogica's skincare line.
Though aesthetician Misty Stinson brings 30 years of experience to Skin Oasis, her appetite for learning has yet to subside. She continues to hone her skills and keep tabs on the beauty industry's latest techniques and products, bringing them into her serene Dilworth spa to help to revivify her clients’ skin.
Of the many lessons she has learned over the years, Misty seems to hold one in the highest esteem: no two bodies are the same. Her custom services account for individual skin types and evince her breadth of knowledge; ear candling and Japanese reiki, for example, are two areas in which she boasts special certifications. Misty’s implements prove a worthy match for her expertise. She brandishes paraben-free Image Skincare products as she exfoliates skin, combats blemishes, and waxes away unwanted hair and clingy flannel shirts.
Four of Fuze Salon's stylists have more than a decade of experience, and Artistic Director Chip Perry has spent more than two decades in the business. Perry spent time as a national performing artist for Redken and specialized in teaching corrective color at the Redken Exchange, so it’s no surprise the salon uses ammonia-free Redken Chromatics dye as its go-to. Like Fievel Mousekewitz, his journey to happiness began with petty theft. His online biography describes how he would commandeer his neighbors' dolls as a child and "spend hours trying to twist the two inches of fiber into different shapes.” Now, he styles brides and men's cuts with equal dexterity, and keeps his hands busy raising two dogs, contributing to the boards of two charitable organizations, and rallying the community around philanthropic drives and walks.
Through the art of cosmetics, Dulcet & Bella Makeup Bar seeks to empower its clients by helping them discover their inner and outer beauty. The professional makeup experts provide one-on-one consultations that help them craft foundations customized to each individual’s skin tone, and plan a dramatic or natural look that brings out their best features and obscures their extra eyes. Makeup arsenals in hand, the crew provides their services for occasions that range from bachelorette and bridal parties to photo shoots, birthdays, and fashion shows.