Unruly curls can find a place to belong under the auspices of the Ouidad-trained staff at Alter Ego Salon & Day Spa. Healthy, manageable curls result from use of the trademark Carving & Slicing technique that maintains and enhances the natural pattern of spirographical locks. As one of the salon’s Ouidad-certified stylists, owner Jennifer Godfrey finds that helping clients love their curls has been one of the most rewarding parts of her 12-year experience. Aside from helping ringlets stay as twisty as the nationally treasured curly fry, Godfrey and her staff tend to various hair types to cut, color, or chemically treat strands. On top of a spread of classic salon services, Alter Ego's nailcare maintains healthy hand appearance, and special children’s mani-pedis keeps little ones' claws sharp to guard against impending scratch-n-sniff pop quizzes.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Kallos Hair and Skin's freestanding salon cuddles guests in privacy as hardwood floors, airy curtains, and ample natural lighting add to a tranquil ambiance heightened by elegiac hymns sung by choruses of abandoned hairs. The studio's services include haircare for men and women; specialty facial and body treatments, including reflexology and reiki; and airbrush tans that blend Norvell's organic tanning formula with natural golden-brown bronzers.
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.
The trained technicians at Beauty and the Bull Medspa soothe skin with anti-aging spa services inside a 2,500-square-foot loft space. Botox injections, chemical peels, and facials packed with antioxidants and Resveratrol all work to turn back the clock on wrinkled faces. Exposed-brick walls, vintage furniture, and eclectic art give roomy common spaces a funky feel, and staffers educate their clients with samples of product doled out from behind a sleek, glass-topped beauty bar. At night, Beauty and the Bull transforms into a neon-lit social hub where patrons can hone anti-aging recipes during cooking parties in the loft-style kitchen or test out new laser-tag outfits underneath glowing blacklights.