Spa at Manhattan Studios' meticulous phalange technician, Bonnie Triplett, kicks off one-hour mani-pedi sessions by shaping claws and gently pushing back encroaching cuticles. She then massages organic salts and lotions into mitts and paws to exfoliate and soften skin before slicking colorful coats of traditional polish onto finger keratin. For those looking to get more mileage out of their manicure, Bonnie will use CND Shellac polish, which won’t chip, smudge, or flake for up to 14 days—the amount of time it takes to get a passport to Alaska.
At Polished 2 Paint 2 Nails, nail artist Pleshette melts away stresses and strains from hard-laboring digits with soothing manicures and pedicures, made all the more indulgent with extras such as a gentle massage or exfoliating sugar scrub. Her skilled hands add coats of color, which can be made impenetrable by Gelish or Shellac polishes, which leave nails resistant to chips, fading, and late-night infomercial pitches. Pleshette is also joined by other nail techs and skin specialists. Together, they offer many other services, including facials, cosmetics, natural detox body wraps, all natural supplements, and firming creams.
At Mor Beauty, a certified Matrix salon, stylists keep their fingers on the pulse of trendy hairstyles and beautifying services with an in-house Matrix artistic educator. Mor Beauty’s tress trimmers work on a level system, level 1 signifying a trained beginner stylist and level 4 being the black belt of hair fashion, allowing clients to customize their styling experience to match their budget, hair needs, and favorite number. Lock loppers can shampoo, cut, and style hair ($25–$45+), or twist it into tidy curls to craft a formal updo ($45–$75+). For an all-around new look, a permanent root-to-ends color ($80–$105+) changes hair's tint like a chameleon morphing its color before a lizard beauty pageant. Mor Beauty's professionals also banish unwanted follicles with facial waxing ($8–$18+), body waxing ($15–$40+), and threading ($15–$25+).
Skillful therapist and Blue Jasmine owner, Rachel Lee-Kajimoto, brandishes her intuitive touch on discommodious sinew during a one-hour relaxation, therapeutic, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage in a tranquil haven sporting a soundscape of vibrational music. During a relaxation rubdown, Kajimoto gingerly uncoils knots spawned from the modern tensions of work, family, and Tamagotchi husbandry with precise kneads and pacifying strokes. Alternately, therapeutic massage zeroes in on troublesome areas with tailored techniques, and the deep-tissue massage targets deep-seated tensity nestled beneath layers of mantle-crust mass. A prenatal massage aims to alleviate back and foot pains caused by tummy tenants as well as soothe away the stress from constantly having to nag them for rent payments.
SoCa Day Spa’s treatments gather natural ingredients from all ends of the earth, lavishing skin with everything from moor mud and shea butter to Napa Valley grape seeds and seaweed algae. The spa’s experts clear pores and fight signs of aging with a slew of facials, and expand their scope to treat entire bodies with body scrubs, including the shea-butter salt glow, which leaves skin as radiant as a newborn lighthouse. Their wraps detoxify bodies and slim silhouettes with warm cocoons enhanced by coffee oils and clay masks. In addition to the spa’s buffet of skincare treatments—which also includes waxing—it relaxes muscles with massages. Its signature massage blends Swedish, therapeutic, and deep-tissue techniques, whereas prenatal kneadings ease the stress of constantly carrying a child and its matching luggage set.
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 S?o 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.