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A shiny pate got you down, boys? Fear not, follicular unit grafting and the Charleston-based Vories Medical Group have come to the rescue. Sure, the process sounds eerie, but it guarantees a natural-looking ‘do that limits follicle transection and scarring and prevents the tell-tale plugged look. The procedure, which is performed on an outpatient basis with a local anesthetic, doesn’t hurt much and is projected on a flat screen TV for your viewing pleasure. The group provides contacts for customers satisfied with their new coifs. Better yet, set up a meeting so you can see their before and after shots — all part of the package — before scheduling your own consultation. Visit or call 884-1258 for more information.


After five sunburns and a good look at the leathery beach bunnies, you’ve finally decided to give your skin a break in the shade. But no one wants to feel pasty, so it’s essential to get the right tools for a convincing fake glow. Heather Faucette, owner and esthetician at Glow Spa in Mt. Pleasant, recommends sunless tanners with built-in bronzers. By combining the two products, Faucette says you get a no-streak body shimmer as well as a guide for where and how much you put on. She wears Neutrogena, which she says has a great line of products, and recommends Biodroga, which Glow Spa carries. Start with the least intense label that matches your skin tone and move up, but keep in mind that it takes three to five hours for most products to reach full effect.
Faucette tells potential tanners to remember to exfoliate, shave, and use a light moisturizer before application. You can use your hands, but wash them immediately after you are done. If opting only for a sun-kissed face, Faucette suggests dusting a bronzer over the areas the sun hits naturally — forehead, bridge of nose, cheeks, and chin — over other make-up. Faucette says she reapplies tanner to her body two to three times a week and wears facial bronzer every day. For a glow like hers (and it’s a good one, we promise), visit Glow Spa at 320 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite H, or call 388-9195.

GoSmile isn’t just a tooth-whitener; GoSmile offers “smile beauty.” At least that’s the way the portable product, the brainchild of aesthetic dentist Jonathan Levine — who runs an office in New York City that caters to celebrities — is marketed. The newest addition to the line, designed to reverse the evidence of coffee, green tea, and red wine, is B1, a vacuum-sealed ampoule of pure, stabilized hydrogen peroxide. B1 is the more intense whitening portion of the process, and must be applied twice a day for seven to 10 days. According to the company, it can whiten teeth up to 10 shades. A less concentrated formula, the GoSmile daily, then fights against residual stains, and the tiny tubes double as breath mints for post-dinner or coffee cleanup. Stella Nova (78 Society St. 723-0909, and other locations: see Thrive Directory) offers the entire whitening kit and caboodle — a.m. and p.m. toothpastes, 10 B1 whiteners, seven maintenance tubes, and a compact of dailies — for $120.50.


Terri Bleam, a jewelry designer who runs the Hilton Head-based Candy Baubles, says the heart of her jewelry is in the stories behind it. So when she heard “The Star Thrower,” the story of a woman saving starfish one by one, Bleam turned the tale into a wearable reminder of the power of individual action. The Make A Difference Starfish bracelet was recently chosen by the Hollyrod Foundation, a charity supporting research for Parkinson’s disease, as gifts for 50 VIP guests at its annual DesignCure event this month. Bleam also got requests to use the bracelets in the gift baskets for the upcoming Emmy Awards. Bleam donates her profits to charities for multiple sclerosis (which she was diagnosed with three years ago), breast cancer (which her mother survived), Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and a host of other conditions. For Bleam, a former Teen magazine cover model and hopeful author, the bracelet represents her experience as the starfish and “all the times friends picked me up out of the sand, brushed me off, and put me back in the sea.” To order your Make A Difference bracelet, visit or call (843) 301-9011.


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