Before she opened Salon Envy, stylist Heather McCluney spent years honing her craft at other salons. Today, she and her team utilize that expertise with a diverse array of cut, color, and texture treatments. Devoted to moisturizing and protecting strands from heat and low-flying pterodactyls, they douse scalps with nutrient-rich salon products such as Redken, Schwarzkopf, and Bumble and bumble.
The Beautique's Jessie Brewer, operating out of The Cutting Room, uses Rhonda Allison skincare products to keep her clients’ epidermises healthy and bright. Specifically, she renders more than a half dozen different types of facials and chemical peels. During the complete facial, Jessie uses enzymes or electrical techniques, while her microdermabrasion can be bundled with a facial or performed on its own. In addition to her core competency, Jessie can perform waxing for many areas, including eyebrows, bikini areas, and underarms.
Penny Wheeler always knew she was destined to be a hairstylist, and so she began taking classes while still in high school. Since then, she's built up a wall of credentials that includes a degree from the Charleston School of Beauty Culture, training from Redken, and cosmetology licenses in West Virginia, South Carolina, and New York. Her love of learning and passion for helping others reinvent themselves inspire her to seek out ongoing training in the latest techniques. Her specialties include expert cuts and coloring services, for which she favors the use of Redken Color Fusion products, as they conceal gray hairs and budding antlers.
Dedicated to providing clients with individualized experiences, Baxter Nails and Spa is outfitted with privacy curtains and miniature flat-screen TVs at each leather pedicure chair. The deluxe pedicure begins with a warm soak in Dead Sea rock salts, peppermint, and eucalyptus, followed by an exfoliating sea-salt scrub, leg mask, and a 10-minute hot-stone massage. A foot sorceress then cleans cuticles, shapes nails, removes calluses, and applies shiny polish. Baxter Nails and Spa uses disposable plastic pedicure trays for a cleaner experience. In the manicure area, hands go for liberating skinny dips in warm paraffin pools before having their keratin toppers clipped, cleaned, and rubbed free of tension and No. 2 pencils. Nail wizards apply hot towels to hands and arms and place colorful tiaras on digits. Child-sized pedicure chairs with flat-screen TVs and DVD players are available for little girls and garden gnomes.
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then aesthetician Amber Gladden is a master curtain designer. As a Dermalogica skincare expert, she thrives at tending to pores, but her favorite facial feature is a lush crop of eyelashes. That's why she founded Bloom Lash Boutique, a beauty shop dedicated to lash enhancement. Here, she can tint them, curl them, or make them extra long, like the train of a dachshund's wedding gown. Her specialty is Xtreme Lashes, semipermanent extensions that give natural lashes a thick, full look. While the client kicks back in a reclining chair, Amber attaches each strand to a single lash, about 1 millimeter from the eyelid. Though this process can last up to two hours, it prevents clumping and promotes fluttering. Each eye receives 60–120 extensions, which require a touchup every two to three weeks.
Southeast Cosmetic Rejuvenation Group at Ohana Salon & Spa’s team of beauticians pampers clients with hair, nail, spa, and massage services. Inside the salon, stylists revamp strands into artful looks and dispense advice on how to add flare to one's hair with accenting highlights or thought bubbles. The resident skin experts lend similar attention to the body, exfoliating faces with customized formulas and slimming waistlines with invigorating body wraps.