Suite 200’s troupe of digit designers pampers hands and feet with indulgent mani-pedis and a rainbow of OPI or no-chip Shellac polishes. During the 30-minute manicure, a tender tech will slather finger farms with an exfoliating scrub and essential oils before wrapping appendages in warm towels to seal in moisture. Upon rendering clappers silky soft, the nail artist will delicately trim cuticles, file talons, and paint keratin canvases in a vibrant coating of polish or—with today's second option—no-chip Shellac that can last up to two weeks, like a mustache drawn in permanent maker. Meanwhile, feet relish sweet serenity in a bubbly footbath before relinquishing tension and sock animosity at the hands of a relaxing foot scrub. To finish each pedi pampering, the aestheticians shape toe shingles in perfect rectangles or tasteful parabolas, then apply a coat of OPI polish, leaving tootsies shining brighter than a cockatoo under a black light.
Licensed massage therapist Kelly has what the massage industry calls "the touch," meaning that she has healing and soothing hands. At her studio inside the Natural Health & Living center, she uses her skilled hands to provide Swedish, hot-stone, and myofascial release massages. She is especially famous for her serious, firm pressure during deep-tissue massages, during which she digs her elbows and fists deep into the hard-to-reach tissue that's causing her clients chronic pain.
Sharlee’s Salon & Spa’s staff draws on an impressive pool of experience to pamper skin, hair, and weary muscles; among the standouts, Sharlan Oakley recently loaned her skills to the hit television show Split Ends, and fellow stylist Gayla Oakley once ran a salon of her own. While guests help themselves to complimentary snacks and beverages, Sharlan, Gayla, and the rest of the styling team devise ways to treat tangled strands with professional Goldwell, Fudge for Hair, and Schwarzkopf products.
Across the salon floor, spa technicians brush nails with chip-resistant Shellac polish, lavish skin with facials, and extend lashes to facilitate more dramatic winking. In private treatment rooms that seem a world away from the lively bustle of the salon floor, massage therapists employ Swedish or deep-tissue strokes and hot stones to alleviate soreness and stress from commuting to work via swinging ropes.
At Silver Lining Spa, which is celebrating its grand opening, experienced technicians offer a variety of beautifying and relaxing services beneath the ornate chandeliers of private treatment rooms. Services include facials that cleanse and exfoliate, along with eyelash tinting, facial waxing, and makeup application. Massage add-ons include hot stones, hair-and-scalp treatments, and body scrubs.
The staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at CZ Day Spa mollify muscle aches with flowing massage strokes and purify pores with revivifying facials. The center also hosts daily Zumba classes that pump up heart rates in nonstop workouts to upbeat Latin tunes.
Photographer Tony de Lorenzi knows that some clients want flattering photographs that capture their best angles, and others want images that reflect the spontaneity of the moment. That's why he lets each client decide whether he will provide direction, orchestrating fetching poses, or snap photojournalistic action shots.
De Lorenzi travels throughout Greenville and Asheville to preserve memories of weddings, create artful maternity shots, and photograph families together. He also holds boudoir-style photo shoots on location in the historic Augusta Manor, playing music in the background to put clients at ease. When he's not behind the lens, de Lorenzi puts on clinics that teach students how to take their own photographs.