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.
Beauticians breathe new life into overgrown locks and damaged nails inside of Capella’s Hair Studio and Nail Spa, a modern space tastefully decorated with clean exposed brick, wood trimming, and suspended globe light fixtures. The staff offers master cuts and a range of coloring services—from highlights to three- and four-dimensional processes—as well as blowouts and deep conditioning treatments. OPI nail polishes feature into the nail spa’s many manicures and pedicures, which may be elevated with an add-on such as a marine masque or hot stone massage.
Led by owner Gretchen Lampinen, Bella Bronze LLC’s aestheticians help clients get sun-kissed skin with tanning beds and airbrush tans. Monthly tan packages allow patrons to bask in the glow of unlimited visits to Super and Mega beds, which imbue skin with vitamin D packed neatly into beams of UV light much like multicolored fruit candy is neatly packed into rainbows. Skilled staffers also work to prettify frames with detoxifying body wraps and improve smiles with teeth-whitening services.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Sherrie Templeton was just 14 when she saw the healing benefits of massage firsthand. After being turned down by a back surgeon, her father turned to massage to overcome his symptoms, finding relief that eventually weaned him from pain medications and restored his ability to function. “It made quite an impression,” she says, “the idea that someone could correct the problem with just hands when the surgeon wasn't able to fix the problem by cutting.”
That belief in the clinical power of massage permeates Templeton's own practice inside Mountain View Chiropractic, where she tailors Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages to each client's unique aches and concerns. Templeton also believes massage can transcend physical benefits, as it can also help to lift the mental burden brought on by stress and thoughts about sandbags. “There is an almost spiritual connection between the therapist and the client," she says. "There's a transfer of energy, there's a release, so you can just close your eyes and allow someone else to take on your stresses and discomforts for an hour. People need that in this culture.”
Comfort is the hallmark of Michelle Sammons’ treatments. It begins with the head massage she performs during shampoos, which take place at a contoured sink beneath a “relax” wall ornament. This sense of ease then seeps onto the salon floor, as Michelle works with clients to uncover looks that will leave them feeling confident and beautiful.