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.
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).
After a decade spent working in public relations, teaching fitness classes, and playing bass in a rock band, Stacey Suzanne Overstreet longed for a career that would let her impact others on a more personal level. She followed her dream, and opened staceyO studiO - Massage & Esthetics Wellness Spa. Now a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, and recently returned from advanced wellness training in India, she treats her clients with carefully planned, custom spa services inside her candle-lit studio, nestled in Gold’s Gym.
She sets a soothing tone for personalized massages with soft lighting and music, hot towels, and exotic aromatherapy scents. As she kneads her visitor's muscles with gentle or deep pressure, she may moisturize their skin with Epicuren Discovery oils and lotions, scaring away worries more swiftly than a threateningly brandished tea candle. She also exfoliates dead skin cells and smoothes blemishes using microdermabrasion treatments and PCA chemical peels; and nourishes skin during more than 14 facials that incorporate ingredients such as pumpkin, ginger, volcanic clay, and ground crystals.
Nora Elkin noticed that those around her were settling for stress—shrugging it off as normal. So in becoming a licensed massage therapist, she made it her mission to show clients how truly relaxing stasis can be with a dynamic menu of healing massages. In her cozy McCrory building studio, Nora and her fellow therapist, David Williams, pair flowing Swedish strokes with luxurious add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy to improve circulation and alleviate long-held tension.
A trio of experienced practitioners—two chiropractors and a physiatrist—stands at the helm of the spine-soothing ship that is Midlands Health Center. William A. Jones, R. Dean McCaughan, and Kiran K. Sandrapaty share a deep knowledge of the body’s inner workings and a patient-centered philosophy that compels them to begin each of their chiropractic treatments with a personal consultation. Their focus on holistic well-being does not preclude them from accounting for specific ailments; taking advantage of the center’s x-ray facilities, they can identify bodily issues such as vertebral subluxations and abnormally frightening skeletons. To ensure the health of spines and nervous systems, the doctors may employ manual and trigger-point therapies as well as other hands-on techniques.
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 São 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.
Magic flows from the fingers of Erin Plott, but she’s not a genie or a concert pianist. She’s the licensed massage therapist who helms Massage Mechanics of South Carolina. Erin funnels more than a decade of experience into strokes designed to ease aches and unearth vestigial dragon wings. She developed her skills at Southeastern Institute, mastering modalities such as sports massage and trigger-point therapy before graduating near the top of her class. Her relaxing Swedish massages teem with long, gliding strokes and percussive taps that enhance lymphatic flow to promote comfort and healing. Ideal for clients with chronic pain, deep-tissue strokes reach deep into the muscle tissue to melt knots and boost circulation. In addition to taming tension at her studio, Erin brings her talents to clients’ homes upon request.