Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Charleston outpost of Paul Mitchell the School features stylish confines staffed by a squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. While all services performed by students are under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor of pulchritude, Paul Mitchell students style a wide array of hair and nail treatments, creating cute cuts ($10–$15) and up-styles ($20–$25+) or applying chemical relaxers to tame tendrils ($35–$40+). A natural manicure ($10–$15) clips, trims, and buffs nails to a polished sheen, and a pedicure ($20–$25) ensures that toes stay fashionable while trotting in summer sandals or high-stepping across hot coals at backyard luaus.
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.
Overseen by a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist, nail technician and makeup artist, Sassy Scissors gets clients runway ready with a host of beautification services. Experts with a combined 40 years of experience dole out prettifying salon packages, as well has body-hair removal via waxing. Pedicures and manicures shield finger and toe armor in Shellac, and skincare therapies such as facials and peels rinse away blemishes, wrinkles, and sand from Father Time's hourglass.
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.