Owner Artana, her two sisters, and the trained stylists at Shear Xpectations help to curate chic appearances during beautifying services. Touting expertise in hair, waxing, facials, and massage, the seasoned staff helps anchor results with products from Aveda, Dermalogica, and TIGI. An online portfolio showcases the crew's work with snapshots of its skillful ’dos, which have the power to coax compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Each sessions unfolds inside the salon's casual space, which boasts wood floors, track lighting, and dangling glass lights.
Chef John Johnson channels more than 15 years of restaurant experience when crafting his varied seafood and pasta dishes at Chelsea's Restaurant. In an atmosphere that combines the delights of upscale dining and live music, patrons enjoy salmon and trout, strip steaks, shrimp quesadillas, and fish sandwiches.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Columbia outpost of Paul Mitchell the School features 14,500 square feet of stylish real estate staffed by a squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. Under the close supervision of an experienced professor of pulchritude, Paul Mitchell student stylists perform a wide array of services, creating cute cuts ($10–$25) and up-styles ($20–$25), applying chemical relaxers to tame tendrils ($45–$50), and more. High-quality products 20% off by the one and only Paul Mitchell are to take home, providing a souvenir of your first date with your new ’do.
Flo Hair Studio's arsenal of professional Joico styling products and tools pamper pompadours and help create luscious locks. The K-Pak ReconstrRx VaporIron employs ceramic heat and specialized VaporFuel to minimize curl reversion, reduce color loss, and enhance hair health. A special reservoir of moisturizer- and silicone-infused VaporFuel dissipates into nourishing steam as the iron passes over tresses, leaving them straight and glossy. The iron's 9-foot swivel cord facilitates a full range of styling motions and impromptu jump-rope competitions between brushes and combs. The VaporIron comes with a complimentary bottle of VaporFuel and an instructional DVD.
Austral Salon manages manes with tender loving care and high-quality, all-natural Phyto botanicals. The Keratin Straightening, like looking down at high-school yearbook hairdos from a 12-story bell tower, turns frizz into a distant memory. The treatment works to eliminate up to 95% of unwanted strand kinks, creating shiny, manageable hair for four to six months. Austral's savvy style mavens, who all train personally with the owner before they take clients, can also trim fresh new hairdos ($30 and up) or sculpt swoops for special occasions ($55 and up).