Sunlight filters in through Graffiti Hair Studio’s ceiling-high windows, reflecting off polished black shampoo basins that stand out in a space otherwise dominated by light and earthy tones. As stylists escort clients toward the studio’s row of plush salon chairs, their heels click against the hardwood floors, lending a rhythmic counterbalance to the lively chatter that so often fills the room. Once they set to work, the stylists spark up new conversations as they spread smoothing elixirs such as Alterna’s bamboo shampoo across scalps or prep strands for cuts and coloring treatments with Paul Mitchell’s keratin-infused serums. Just a few yards away but entirely removed from the bustle on the salon floor, the spa’s aestheticians hide evidence of aging or membership in underground mud-wrestling leagues with PCA skincare products and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments.
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.
Like a wheel hub unifies the spokes of a unicycle, Cirque Salon Studio offers a cooperative facility where stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists can come together from one handsome purpose. Within cozy Studio 205, Christine Lord can be found engineering new face-framing scissor cuts and hydrating tresses with invigorating deep-conditioning treatments. A licensed stylist since 1982, she has spent the last 13 years as a color technician and has taught her aesthetic skills to students all over the country. Clients may solicit both her cutting and coloring services for a total look and to add dimension to tasteless plates of linguine.
Within Salon Vantaggio’s sleek confines, replete with blond-colored floors, long mirrors, and vibrant art, Ashley Gardner clips and sculpts 'dos that suit each client’s features and personality. Specializing in color and highlights, she also excels in men’s and kids' cuts.
As an upscale Aveda concept salon, Salon Unhwa uses only natural Aveda products, from shampoo and conditioner to color. Experienced stylists Julie Odachowski and Crystal Higgins shampoo, snip, and style locks into chic new looks under the lofty ceilings and natural light of this laid-back Charleston salon.
The beauty buffs at Visage Salon and Spa sculpt new ’dos, pamper hands and feet, and introduce inner beauty to its exterior counterpart. A skilled stylist can snip feminine locks into a new pattern ($45+) or ready coifs for a special occasion with a formal updo ($75+). Highlights long to wrap strands in foil embraces ($75+), and single-process color ($65+) creates an all-over new hue. Waxing services send facial fuzz fleeing from chins ($12) and lips ($15), and a 14-day Shellac manicure ($25) or pedicure and polish ($35) lend a splash of color to handshakes or footshakes.