Located inside More Norman, Merle Norman Cosmetics and its team of beauty consultants use a full line of skincare and beauty products to highlight clients' best features. The cosmetics experts make an effort to get to know each guest personally, allowing them to better understand the beauty needs of the client in front of them, such as creating fuller lashes, highlighting cheekbones, or concealing a birthmark that's shaped like another person's birthmark.
Within a renovated house built in the 1920s, Professional Body Wrap Studio and Spa lulls clients into a state of deep relaxation. Massages melt tense muscles and body wraps work to detoxify bodies in private treatment rooms. Infrared saunas house sweating humans and imprisoned yetis. Throughout the modernized house, flat-screen televisions hypnotize clients as they nestle beneath thermal blankets or recline in heated massage chairs.
Although the laws of conventional hairstyling decree that certain cuts go with certain facial shapes, that doesn't stop the stylists at Serendipity Hair Salon and Boutique from listening to clients' ideas and crafting unique styles. During consultations that precede every haircut, Coppola keratin treatment, and color service, the team works one-on-one with clients to orchestrate snazzy hairdos befitting their personal aesthetics and lifestyle. Dedicated to preserving hair's moisture, strength, and ability to glide down Slip 'n Slides, the team drizzles Moroccanoil, ENJOY, and ColorProof products onto strands throughout services.
After years of working at other salons, stylist Lisa Mayo Wilfong decided to venture out on her own, and opened Cutting Image Salon in New York’s East Village. To her delight, the three-chair salon earned tons of positive press in New York Magazine, Beauty News NYC, and the coloring book of her niece. So in 2007, she and her husband Stephen introduced the brand to North Carolina markets. The concept—high-fashion services at reasonable prices—was a big hit and led to the salon’s new slogan, “NYC Style at NC Prices.”Today, the L’Oreal Professionnel salon operates out of three North Carolina locations. Junior, senior, and master stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and chemical relaxers, all backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
Stylist Karen Lin Graves of Salon G Styling Studio honed her craft at the Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology, and uses that knowledge to do more than create fetching haircuts and eye-catching color treatments⎯she also works to ensure that her clients can re-create their new styles at home. In addition to her skills with shears and color, Karen also gained certification from NovaLash and Simply Smooth keratin treatments.
Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.
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.