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.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then aesthetician Amber Gladden is a master curtain designer. As a Dermalogica skincare expert, she thrives at tending to pores, but her favorite facial feature is a lush crop of eyelashes. That's why she founded Bloom Lash Boutique, a beauty shop dedicated to lash enhancement. Here, she can tint them, curl them, or make them extra long, like the train of a dachshund's wedding gown. Her specialty is Xtreme Lashes, semipermanent extensions that give natural lashes a thick, full look. While the client kicks back in a reclining chair, Amber attaches each strand to a single lash, about 1 millimeter from the eyelid. Though this process can last up to two hours, it prevents clumping and promotes fluttering. Each eye receives 60–120 extensions, which require a touchup every two to three weeks.
Through the art of cosmetics, Dulcet & Bella Makeup Bar seeks to empower its clients by helping them discover their inner and outer beauty. The professional makeup experts provide one-on-one consultations that help them craft foundations customized to each individual’s skin tone, and plan a dramatic or natural look that brings out their best features and obscures their extra eyes. Makeup arsenals in hand, the crew provides their services for occasions that range from bachelorette and bridal parties to photo shoots, birthdays, and fashion shows.
The Beautique's Jessie Brewer, operating out of The Cutting Room, uses Rhonda Allison skincare products to keep her clients’ epidermises healthy and bright. Specifically, she renders more than a half dozen different types of facials and chemical peels. During the complete facial, Jessie uses enzymes or electrical techniques, while her microdermabrasion can be bundled with a facial or performed on its own. In addition to her core competency, Jessie can perform waxing for many areas, including eyebrows, bikini areas, and underarms.
Each facial starts with a complimentary face-mapping. A skilled technician will analyze 14 distinct zones around the face and neck. Within 10 minutes, a complete picture of your face's topography and climate patterns along with a rough indication of north will be hashed out by a thorough derma-cartographer. Use the data to help make the decision of which customized facial is right for you; use the computerized model to see what you would look like if the Treaty of Versailles divvied up your forehead.