Professional Electrolysis's lead electrologist, Carol Smith, zaps away clients' unwanted cilium with Zeus-like precision, yielding permanent results coveted by tweezers, wax, and razors. Prior to the appointment, she holds a phone consultation to answer questions about the procedure and ease away any lingering fears by relaying her experience. During each of the three sessions, Carol can adjust her equipment's intensity settings upon request as she blitzes follicles with heat and electricity, relinquishing hairs from their epidermal prisons. In a completely private setting, patients can choose one area per session to focus on exclusively, such as unsightly facial whiskers or patchy backside hair that naturally spells out "kick me." Newly bald skin then revels in the soothing power of witch-hazel compresses designed to reduce redness and cool the skin. Customers should schedule sessions three weeks apart for optimal results.
Like fitting pieces into a puzzle, stylists Amanda Blackwell, Bryce Preston and Alaina Linder use skin tone, hair texture, and face shape to configure an ideal new look. The ladies of Pink The Beauty Boutique nurture hair with name brand products before snipping and shaping locks or dialing up a dyed color by a few degrees. The ladies also whisk away unwanted hair from brows and chins while tincturing skin tones with speedy air brush spray tanning.
Like many young girls, Haley Parrish dreamt of one day living in Hollywood. But unlike other girls, Haley didn't want to be a star—she wanted to be the one behind the scenes, making the stars beautiful. She hardly wasted a moment pursuing this dream. After enrolling in a cosmetology program at age 16, she earned her license to style before she even earned her high-school diploma. Once that diploma was in her hand, she made the long trek across the United States to Los Angeles, where she basked in the warm breeze of blow dryers while attending MKC Beauty Academy.
Throughout her studies, Haley enjoyed the tutelage of world-renowned makeup artist Margaret Kimura as well as instruction from celebrity photographers Patricia De La Rosa and Ash Gupta. With her thirst for Hollywood glamour sated, she returned to the East Coast, where she worked as a stylist as well as a freelancer on photo shoots, commercials, and print work. Despite her return home, she hasn't lost her wanderlust; as a member of the Charleston Fashion Week hair-and-makeup team, Haley travels from coast to coast making people beautiful. Her home base is now a salon chair at Edge Salon and Boutique, where she pampers clients with products from Paul Mitchell, Temptu, and Keratin Complex Treatment.
Jennifer Grimes, owner of Jennifer On Mane Salon, draws on more than 22 years of beauty industry experience to help men and women look their best. She and her team of skilled beauticians create hairstyles that range from traditional cuts to neon color. They also keep skin smooth with facial waxing and paint fingernails and toenails with long-lasting Shellac polish.
Zen Garden Spa's attentive appendage groomers lavish hands and feet during relaxing manicures and pedicures. Two-hour luxury spa mani-pedis soak hands and feet in warm waters before a brisk rubdown with sea salts sheds dead skin cells more effectively than hugging a rough tree. Aestheticians then trim and buff nails into pearlescent ovals before delicately brushing them with coats of protective, glossy polish. The addition of hot stones transforms the pedicure into a volcanically soothing experience—strategically positioned stones release the tension pent-up in weary foot muscles—and a dip in warm paraffin wax keeps fingers and toes pleasantly moisturized and allows them to double as candles in the event of a power outage.
Having begun as a single tanning shop in Greenville during the autumn of 1990, Ultratan has since blossomed into more than 70 locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia due to its popularity and commitment to quality service. Over the years, the collection of spas has accumulated numerous awards such as Best Tanning Salon from the Daily Gamecock for providing the best equipment in both tanning beds and spray-tan technology. As a member of the International Smart Tan Network, its commitment to safe tans also encompasses a passion for keeping their customers educated about responsible tanning routines and never tanning without a helmet.