Rickelle Watson Jenkins, owner of My Beautiful BROWZ Waxing Studio, peels away unwanted hair using a gentle zinc oxide–based wax that's great for first-timers and those with sensitive skin or breakouts. For trickier areas, such as the bikini line, Rickelle cracks open a can of titanium blue hard wax fresh from the La Brea Wax Pits. She recalls what first attracted her to the beauty industry—the art of makeup—while touching up lashes, lips, and everything in between, and uses Dermalogica products to cleanse and exfoliate during facials.
Sexy Girl Esthetics' owner and aesthetician, Renee Jones, who has worked as a makeup artist at New York Fashion week and the 2006 Oscars, draws upon 12 years of experience beautifying bodies to cosset patrons during her relaxing spa services. Her certifications in speed waxing, microdermabrasion, and pressure-point massage ensure that her guests get the most up-to-date pampering techniques, and she uses high-quality products, such as botanical-based Nufree hair remover, which was originally developed for plastic surgeons to use on a patient before surgery or for disciplining disobedient Chia pets. Renee also believes that everyone benefits from personalized services, so she customizes facials and encourages clients to design their own waxing styles.
Specializing in laser-based procedures, Tri-County Laser Center turns its multipurpose, concentrated light beam against a wide range of cosmetic and anti-aging issues. Its skin-rejuvenation treatments use intense pulsed light to eradicate blemishes beneath the skin's surface and reverse sun damage, which happens to the sun after it fights the earth. Staffers also render a refirme skin-tightening service to improve the look of sagging jowls. The hallmark of their treatments is laser tattoo removal, which uses blasts of the light to break down pigment safely and noninvasively. They also wield their laser to purge spider veins across the body without using painful injections.
Even after gaining more than a decade of beauty-industry experience in cities such as New York, LA, and Miami and training with brands such as MAC, Estée Lauder, and Dermalogica, Sebastian Culpepper was still missing one thing: his family. Seeking the familiar comfort—and relative quiet—of home, Sebastian moved back to his native Charleston and channeled his passion for aesthetics into a new venture, The iLash Studio. There, he augments lash lines with Xtreme Lashes extensions, applying them individually at the corners for a cat-eye look or across the lash line for a lush, doe-eyed appearance. Neutralizing the need for eye enhancements such as mascara or eyeliner, the extensions are also easily replenished when they naturally begin to fall out after several weeks.