Resident pooch Gizmo, pictures of James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, and the '70s-style wallpaper imply the team at Salon Salon of Charleston knows how to have fun. The complimentary margaritas the first Wednesday of every month solidifies that implication. Whether sculpting hair or coloring tresses, they like to keep visits casual yet lively. By using products such as Paul Mitchell, Pureology, and Aquage, they ensure no one mistakes their joviality for a lack of commitment to the quality of their work. Hair isn't the only thing they have fun with, either; as a full-service salon, they also perform lash extensions, mani-pedis, brow tinting, and facial waxing.
One way to rejuvenate the skin, according to aesthetician Amanda Shannon, is with fire and ice. Of course, when she says fire, she doesn’t mean flames—she uses a warming glycolic peel to deeply purge pores. Her ice is seaweed, a plant that naturally cools the skin and plumps wrinkles. Shannon provides skincare treatments—including the Fire and Ice facial—that are customizable to each client’s skin type. She also specializes in eyebrow and lash tinting as well as waxing, services she’s honed throughout more than 10 years in the industry. Each session takes place amid her mint-green studio, where tranquil music and flickering candlelight leave clients more relaxed than a spaghetti noodle floating in a jacuzzi.
The sounds of lively chatter and whirring blow-dryers permeate Splash Hair Loft, a relaxing salon where professional stylists update locks with a variety of cuts, colors, and straightening treatments. Partial or full highlights add vibrant ribbons of color to hair, and Awapuhi shine treatments make strands more reflective than a tell-all memoir wrapped in tinfoil. The salon also offers organic straightening treatments, waxing for brows and upper lips, and updo styling for brides and bridesmaids.
Licensed massage therapist Carrie Elwood helps quiet even the most unsettling muscle grumbles with her soothing bodywork. Each therapy session begins with a consultation to determine the source of tension and discuss any other client concerns. Then, in the comfort of her private Synergy studio, Carrie can promote relaxation with light-to-medium strokes, access lower-layer aches with firmer deep-tissue pressure, or knead any pizza dough customers bring in.
Signature Service: Haircut and color
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell products and Tressa color
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Inside Oakes Salon, professional stylists scamper about the oak hardwood floor beautifying lads and ladies with haircuts, styles, and makeup applications. During each of their highlight treatments, shampoos, and deep-conditioning treatments, they slather locks with professional Aquage products, which are formulated for a range of hair types without relying on animal testing.