After discovering and treating a few precancerous skin cells, Aislin Spangler decided UV tanning was not the way to go. So she researched alternative options, and by the time she teamed up with her friends Emily Meeker and Lauren Salinas in 2009 to form Spray Soleil, she was well-versed in the field. Today, the trio runs a mobile spray-tan company and travels to clients' homes or offices anywhere within Charleston and Greensboro to mist them with paraben-free tanning solutions that are made in the United States and never tested on animals. Those solutions include witch-hazel-infused organic tanners along with the original solution, which coats skin with a golden hue while infusing it with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.
Spray Soleil's stylists and aestheticians travel as well, brushing rouge on cheekbones or dyes into hair during makeup and hair treatments. Completing the mobile spa is Ellen, a licensed massage therapist with seven years of experience. She uses long, languid strokes, hot stones, or targeted pressure during customizable massages to relieve fatigue and chronic aches caused by injury or part-time gigs as a whack-a-mole.
Behind a quaint yellow-brick storefront, owner Sallie Turner applies more than 20 years of styling experience to each new haircut or coloring treatment. She and her team work amid pink and beige walls, styling strands or beautifying façades with skincare treatments, spray tans, waxing, and nail services. They welcome appointments and walk-ins alike.
Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.
The team at Stuart Laurence Salon, Bumble and bumble network salon, knows a thing or two about hair. These stylists hone their haircutting and coloring techniques at Bumble and bumble University, an institute for hairdresser education in New York City. They have also trained with industry greats such as Toni & Guy, and a few have even worked in art design, television, and film. Several staffers are Ouidad-certified stylists, who have diligently studied haircare designed specifically for curly locks. One such technique is Ouidad's signature Carve & Slice cutting method, which can be used to remove extra bulk or create well-defined, manageable ringlets that dead-eyed porcelain dolls would kill for.
The highly trained stylists specialize in precise highlights and color that ranges from natural to avant garde. They also perform custom hair and makeup services for weddings.
Lordis Loft Salon & Spa is an Aveda salon and spa. With the renowned beauty company's organic hair and skincare products in hand, the Lordis staff pampers its guests. On the salon side, stylists render color services such as partial or full foils and single-process applications, in addition to cuts, thermal styling, and feather extensions. On the spa side, trained therapists perform massages, and aestheticians beautify clients with facials. Massages come in modalities such as hot-stone, prenatal, deep-tissue, or the elemental nature massage, each customized with an Aveda aroma. Facials are targeted to address specific concerns, such as acne or wrinkles and fine lines.