Sunny Daze Tanning and Salon's lineup of spray-tan technology and UV-tanning equipment—including beds, standup booths, and leg tanners—keeps skin beaming with a summery, straight-off-the-beach appearance. With tanning packages available by the session, month, or year, the facility helps clients maintain bronzed tones no matter the season. To sustain the health of epidermal surfaces, customers can stop spoon-feeding pureed carrots to each pore and instead load up on an arsenal of brand-name lotions, tonics, and bronzers available for purchase. Tanning aside, the salon's aestheticians sap stress during manicures, facials, and a variety of massages, including soft-tissue treatments and magnet therapy.
Before he opened his own practice, massage therapist Jack Dillender made sure he knew exactly what he was doing. Through collaborations with chiropractors and medical doctors and stints at various day spas, he honed techniques that work to unclog systemic blockages, reduce stress, and increase the body’s ability to heal itself. At The Way of Massage, Jack puts these techniques into practice during treatments that he tailors to his clients’ unique maladies, from chronic aches to unoiled tin hinges. His couples massages incorporate hot stones, footbaths, and neck massages to bring twosomes closer together without forcing them to share a single table.
Operating out of her in-home retreat of relaxation, knead queen and Massage of Columbia founder Jennifer Butterwick busts bodily stress with a wide range of massage modalities. The Swedish massage not only alleviates bodily aches and pains, but can also increase circulation, boost metabolism, and make once-tense muscle neighbors more likely to hold hands, all amid the peacefully lingering scents of aromatherapy oils. Combined with reflexology—the ancient practice of pinpointing specific reflex spots in order to vanquish pain from entire anatomical vicinities—Swedish massage helps skeletons and their tender wrappers leave Jennifer's hands feeling less tense for longer. Be sure to call ahead for a phone introduction and consultation with Jennifer prior to repose-inducing sessions.
Meditation Station incites tranquility with an eclectic stock of yoga gear, incense, and Eastern-influenced home décor. Shoppers can foster flexibility on a 1/4-inch yoga mat ($20), or garnish napes with a locally crafted hemp necklace ($15). Infuse faces with soothing scents with an aromatherapy citrus green tea facial cleanser ($20), or perch upon a Carolina Morning meditation cushion ($35) as respite from particularly stressful games of Candy Land.
Hair Therapy Salon's team of creative, skillful stylists snip, style, shade, and strip hair through a variety of expert services. Put feminine strands in the deft hands of a scissor-maneuvering professional for a stylish ladies' cut and style ($35–$42). Or drag a mangy man mane in for a dapper do-over ($25–$29), complete with an optional steamed towel to relax the face and make it more diet-friendly. Fresh trims are easily snagged for lads and lasses ages 1–12 ($15–$25), and stylish teens and self-conscious collies can drop in for a quick bang or beard trim ($8). For those looking to lacquer locks in a different hue, a single color application ($50–$60+) revamps the entirety of the head's nest, and half-head highlights ($60+) add touches of luster that dance in and out of the hair's natural tint. Firm believers that not all follicles are created equally fashionable, the talented filament tamers also apply their landscaping expertise to more bothersome bristle, waxing away stubble from the brow ($15), lip ($12), or chin ($15) to create sleeker expressions and more easily escapable Halloween masks.
Revelation Spa and Salon brings together experienced aestheticians and a licensed massage therapist to cosset both hair and muscles with rejuvenating treatments. During a one-hour Swedish massage in a private room, the skilled muscle mender leverages long, soothing strokes to relieve aches, increase blood flow, and bolster the body's natural defenses against diseases and grizzly bears. Alternatively, tress tutors enliven manes with highlights in subtle or striking shades, carefully treating selected strands, folding them in foil, and washing them out as patrons lounge on a reclined shampoo bed. Locks shine with new, rich hues, from dark chocolate to radiant gold, leaving the salon with more allure than Venus de Milo's modeling career.