Experienced aesthetician Tara Lytle sloughs off dead skin cells to rejuvenate emotion emitters and reveal pristine complexions. During the Necessity facial, pores are unclogged of harmful oils, toxins, and taco crumbs while Glimpse Skincare products gently and naturally rehydrate faces and stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. No matter what the treatment, relaxing rejuvenators can rest assured that all of Tara's facial-fixing techniques are 100% toxin-free, just like a compostable water bottle full of fairy tears.
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.
The staff at Namaste Day Spa and Salon hails from throughout the United States and other countries, including Puerto Rico and India. Luckily, Namaste's menu is just as diverse as the origins of its staff. Stylists offer soothing scalp treatments, vibrant highlights, and lock-lengthening weaves. For those looking to remove facial and body hair, threading and waxing sessions shape brows and banish unwanted fuzz. The spa's aesthetician cleanses pores and rejuvenates complexions with facial, and its massage therapist employs prenatal, neuromuscular, and Swedish techniques to help clients unwind. Namaste also offers more uncommon treatments, such as healing energy-medicine sessions and henna designs, which add temporary pizzazz to hands and other body parts.
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.