When you're making your Kingdom of Charleston debut, you have to look your best. Whether you are a fair maiden or a fearless knight, there's a salon or barbershop that'll help you take the tower by storm. Many of these places offer the coveted college discount, so you won't have to pay an arm and a leg to look fabulous. Here's a guide for all your hirsute needs.
436 King St.
This isn't your run-of-the-kingdom cut-color-and-be-done experience. If you've got some mystical money to blow, then splurge at Canvas for an upscale salon experience. Services include anything from a cut ($40+/women, $25+/men) and blowout to highlighting, color, waxing, and conditioning treatments.
616 Long Point Road
You can't go wrong with a classic. Great Clips has been serving college creatures for quite some time. With their reasonable prices and services like shampooing and beard trims, you'll leave feeling like a whole new mystical creature.
292 King St.
1320 Theater Drive
2048 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Not only is Stella Nova a hair salon ($38/women's cut, $28/men), it's also a makeup retailer, which means your pixie powder and enchanting sparkles will be on point. Brands like Nars and Stila are available, among others. Keep your elven eyes peeled because they post monthly specials on their website.
Strawberry Blonde Salon
29 Magnolia Road
(843) 852-3323. strawberryblondesalon.com
We can't promise you won't run into any trolls as you cross the bridge into West Ashley on the way to Strawberry Blonde, but it'll be worth it if you do. This beautiful salon with hardwood floors and dainty light fixtures is an exclusive Bumble and Bumble product salon where you can get a cut ($37/women, $21/men), color ($60), highlights ($50), or keratin treatment ($250+) along with complimentary bang and neck trims.
Stuart Laurence Salon
455 King St.
We've spent many a sleepless night in the tower dreaming of perfecting the frizz-free hair of forest dwellers. If only we'd have stopped by the Stuart Laurence Salon to tame the Charleston humidity with a keratin treatment ($225) or relaxer. The salon also offers classic services, including cuts ($55/women, $40/men), styling, and color. And right now they're offering some pretty sweet back-to-school deals, like $29 haircuts on Mondays and $25 blowouts on Fridays with select stylists.
Tease Blow Dry Bar
430 King St.
Whether you have a night at the local tavern or a royal ball on the agenda, every lass wants to look her best. While Tease doesn't offer cuts and color, they specialize in styling, from classic looks to something trendy. You can get your locks washed and styled in under 45 minutes for just $35. They'll also do your makeup too.
189 St. Philip St.
12 Windermere Blvd.
We get it. After months at war, things can get a bit hairy, if you know what we're saying. Luckily, this full-service salon and spa is located in the popular Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood. In addition to waxes and cuts ($35/women, $25/men), Urban Nirvana also offers facials, massages, and body treatments to help you out when classes start to kick your ass. Plus, they know how hard it is for a knight to earn his precious silver, so Urban Nirvana offers a year-round CofC student discount of 15 percent. In August they're running a special that includes a 20 percent student discount on color, cut, or waxing services.
4 Liberty St.
1739 Maybank Hwy.
After a long day battling trolls, the last thing you want to do is venture far away from your homestead for a haircut. Thankfully, Willow Salon is conveniently located on campus. Get your locks trimmed for victory ($45/women, $25/men), in addition to many other services like a blowout ($35) or a brow wax ($18). —Teddi Aaron
For All Your Beard Needs
Broad Street Barber Shop
102-A Broad St.
We can't all be royalty, but you can be treated like a member of the court at Broad Street Barber Shop, voted the best barbershop in the kingdom. Get the trim you need ($17 with a complimentary neck shave) — no appointment necessary.
Holy City Barber
684 King St.
Whether you've been off fighting a crusade or just had too much fun at the ball celebrating your jousting victory, Holy City Barber has you covered. This no appointment-necessary, cash-only barbershop offers men's haircuts ($25); shaves ($20); beard mustache, or neck trims ($5); and even a hangover remedy service ($10). Visit their website and get some sound advice from the barber.
114 Cannon St.
For all you dwarves who may have let things get a bit too scraggly, head to Lowcountry Barbershop, where you can get a magical college discount (two bucks off for a bargain-dungeon deal of $15). Special services include a shampoo ($6), beard trim ($6), and facial shave ($25). Reloadable gift cards are also available.
Old South Barber Spa
10 State St.
For all you knights looking for an experience to go alongside your haircut and shave, let us introduce you to Old South Barber Spa, a classy joint sporting exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and antique barber chairs. Their signature haircuts ($40, $28 with CofC student ID) and beard trims ($25) come with a complimentary beverage and shoe shine.
Palmetto Barber Shop
129 Market St.
If you're near Market Street, you should head to Palmetto Barber Shop. Come in for a haircut and hot lather neck shave for $15, and leave looking sharp enough to impress all the lovely ladies and knights in the land.
656 Long Point Road
1836 Ashley River Road
When you don't want to part with your hard-earned winnings from last week's tournament, head to Sport Clips where you can enjoy a fun game — caber throwing, anyone? — on TV, a relaxing neck and shoulder massage, a legendary steam towel treatment, and a great haircut ($16).