The stylists-in-training at Paul Mitchell the School Charleston follow principles laid out by the institute's eponymous haircare legend and founder to artfully trim and condition clients' locks. During a haircut, experienced instructors supervise blossoming stylists as they slice strands and blow-dry away droplets of moisture and pieces of confetti. Next, stylists douse hair in Paul Mitchell's own awapuhi KeraTriplex treatment, a highly concentrated elixir of keratin proteins designed to boost softness and shine. Ingredients derived humanely from sheep's wool and the native awapuhi ginger plant— cultivated at the Paul Mitchell company's solar-powered Hawaiian farm—work to moisturize strands from cuticle to core. Hair longer than 14 inches, very thick hair, or spaghetti-noodle extensions may require an extra application of the KeraTriplex treatment.
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.
SmileBrite's sole goal is to keep teeth ever pearlescent. The whitening technicians tend to teeth throughout sessions that last 20 to 60 minutes and typically whiten two to six shades, depending on stain severity. Committed to convenience, the stain thwarters can also pack up their supplies and make house calls for patients who prefer to tend to teeth in the comfort of their own home or underwater laboratory.
The most successful endeavors, like the most-entertaining psychoanalyses, usually stem from a simple dream. The two friends behind Harmony Salon had such a dream—one of opening a full-service salon where their friends, family, and neighbors could come to look and feel beautiful. In 2013, their aspiration finally came to fruition. Inside the freestanding salon, a team of hardworking and experienced stylists cut and color hair using professional Redken products. They also apply long-lasting keratin hair-smoothing treatments to reduce frizz and straighten locks.
The beauty experts at Capri Salon's specialized studios revivify appearances and restore candescence through an array of pampering services. Head threads are shortened and shaped with a haircut and style ($50), and all-over color treatments ($60) emblazon living wigs with new tints and tones. Call out strands for good behavior with trend highlights ($65+), or assure that each feathery filament is polished to a shine with a shampoo style ($35+).
As her clients kick back in sleek salon chairs and sip glasses of wine, owner Jessica Collins performs hair and skin treatments based on personal consultations. During appointments, a complimentary armory of designer perfumes and OPI nail polishes allow idle hands to lay down the air guitar and enjoy the finer things.