Hair & Styling in Forest Acres

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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.

136 Pelham Dr
Columbia,
SC
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Carved-wood furniture and diffuse track and lamp lighting grace The Pynk Butterfly, where beauty specialists unleash products from the organic brand Mantra as well as the salon’s own label, Pynk Prototype. As guests sink into plush chairs, stylists revamp ’dos with hair services ranging from basic cuts to deep-conditioning and a full spectrum of color treatments.

3400 Forest Dr
Columbia,
SC
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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.

700 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
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Close your eyes and pretend you're enjoying a fine olive oil, and the first flavor notes to come to mind probably won't be blood orange and chipotle. Likewise, ask for something to put on top of your ice cream, and you probably won't expect someone to hand you a bottle of balsamic vinegar. But at The Crescent Olive, neither ingredient follows the rules. ?People don?t really know what to expect until they come in the store,? owner Mike Easler told told The State newspaper. ?The fun part about our store is you get to come in and taste everything we have.?

Mike and his wife, Charlotte, oversee a seasonal roster of gourmet oils and aged balsamic vinegars imported from around the globe, including Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Visitors stop by and test the goods with breads and, yes, even ice cream, before selecting their favorites from the stainless-steel containers that populate the shop. Once that happens, Mike fills up bottles of up to 750 milliliters for customers to take home or to toss to an ex-flame who's leaning out of a moving train.

2501 Devine St
Columbia,
SC
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Despite its name, there’s nothing about Ashley’s Alley Salon and Spa that feels cramped or narrow. In fact, the salon is home to a rather large team of stylists and aestheticians who work together to deliver almost every beauty treatment under the sun. Whether infusing strands with professional Redken color, applying MAC cosmetics, or removing hair with a natural sugar paste, this team never fails to find the beauty that’s hidden just beneath the surface.

You certainly won’t think of a darkened alley when you first enter the salon. The warm interior is decorated with ornate furniture and illuminated by the sunlight that pours in from a floor-to-ceiling window. The eye is inevitably drawn, however, to the dramatic light fixture in the waiting area. Ribbons of glass burst from the center, inspiring the stylists to top their clients’ updos with glistening Faberge eggs.

1310 Lady Street
Columbia,
SC
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Whether they're beautifying locks or whisking away unwanted hairs with waxing services, the staff at Oasis Salon & Wax Studio strives to keep clients relaxed. As a Paul Mitchell signature salon, Oasis's junior and senior stylists bestow a wealth of knowledge upon clients as they cut and coif strands or perform texture services such as the Awapuhi deep-conditioning or keratin smoothing treatments. They perform nail services such as hydrating almond manicures and marine spa pedicures that make mermaids feel jealous and manatees feel just as mopey as they always do.

7001 Saint Andrews Rd
Columbia,
SC
US