I moved to Charleston ten years ago and since then the city has grown exponentially. However, my go to pampering spots have more or less remained the same and I find myself giving newcomers the same list over and over. And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and self love (because you certainly don’t need a Valentine to pamper yourself!) I thought I’d share some of my fav go-to Charleston beauty spots. All accessories, ours and all clothes from local Beckett Boutique!
HUSH Skin Salon – 10 Exchange St. Ste. 302 (843) 793-8799 I met Zach from HUSH skin salon when he worked at a larger practice in Mt. Pleasant. But when he moved his practice downtown I quickly followed him. He is the master of keeping your skin fresh and bright – my favorite service of his is probably his dermaplane facial. And going to his office just feels like hanging out with a good friend!
Charleston Glow – 708 S Shelmore Blvd #103 (843) 277-0924 I am not a huge spray tan person but I also look like I crawled out from under a rock in the winter with my Irish skin, so every now and then I like a little bit of a glow. Charleston Glow BlushPro Studio is all organic. They have express options and the girls who run it are super sweet, plus parking is a breeze.
Urban Nirvana Day Spa My favorite location isucked away in South Windermere (West Ashley) this intimate, full service day spa as accessible and cozy with a full menu of spa services. My favorite are their body scrubs. You really feel like you are getting away from everyday life in there and it is less than ten minutes from Downtown Charleston. They also have a location Downtown in the Wentworth Mansion in in Mt. Pleasant off of Long Point Road.
Dry Bar – 556 King Street, Charleston (843) 872-3570 I was thrilled when they finally decided to open a location in Charleston. Once my go-to for New York Blowouts, they now have locations nationwide and the Charleston Dry Bar is a hop skip and a jump from our Cannon Street Shop on Upper King. Also great for large groups!
Salon Vari Olivia Banks at Salon Vari on Spring Street weaves magic with hair. She is a triple threat with cut, color and styling. She has hosted a few braid bars at in store events and I continue to see her regularly to keep my locks fresh.
Patrick Navarro Patrick is truly one of my fav people in Charleston. He gives a killer cut and color but he is in very high demand and splits his time between New York and Charleston, so if you can catch him, jump on it!
SLATE Salon – 615 Johnnie Dodds Boulvard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 813-7757 n Erica at SLATE has been my colorist for over five years, recommended by fellow blond Jessica of Bare Beauty. She is great with blondes but has a tight schedule so book in advance!
NAILS, FITNESS & MORE
East Bay Nails – 334 E Bay St, Unit N (843) 724-0856 East Bay Nails is the closest thing I have found to a walk in New York Style Nail salon. It can be hit or miss until you find your favorite nail tech, but when you do, stick with them. Also, even though they are Downtown, they are in a shipping center so so parking is easy.
Mylk Bar – 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd. (843) 388-5877 Charleston’s first eco-friendly nail salon with and equally Instagram friendly interior.
Exhale Pilates – 360 Concord Street #1 (843) 813-6191 A wonderful Downtown Pilates class done on machines only, which I much prefer. And a little bird told me they are working on a second location. Well located on the water off Concord Street.
Redux Yoga – 137 President Street Unit A (843) 723-2313 The perfect hot yoga class that is a combination of relaxing and invigorating.
MUSC Wellness Center – 45 Courtenay Drive(843) 792-5757 I am not a gym person but this is a more wholistic approach to wellness owned by The Medical University of South Carolina. Even if you don’t want the commitment of membership you can pop in for a day rate. They even have an indoor pool, racquetball courts and indoor track plus a great selection of classes and camps.