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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in Daniel Island, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in Daniel Island help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in Daniel Island:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in Daniel Island, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in Daniel Island, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in Daniel Island are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment Daniel Island. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
Daniel Island, SC

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in Daniel Island:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in Daniel Island, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in Daniel Island Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in Daniel Island, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in Daniel Island, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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SC High School Football Media Poll rankings after Week 2: Daniel remains top Class 3A team

Here are the S.C. Prep Football Media Poll rankings after Week 2 of the SCHSL football season. The five classifications are ranked below and numbers in parentheses indicates the number of first-place votes that a team receives.Daniel again is the unanimous No. 1 team in Class AAA, same with Dutch Fork in Class AAAAA. Several teams received first-place votes in Class AA and for the first time this year, St. Joseph's Catholic is the No. 1 team with seven first-place votes in Class A.VOTE: ...

Here are the S.C. Prep Football Media Poll rankings after Week 2 of the SCHSL football season. The five classifications are ranked below and numbers in parentheses indicates the number of first-place votes that a team receives.

Daniel again is the unanimous No. 1 team in Class AAA, same with Dutch Fork in Class AAAAA. Several teams received first-place votes in Class AA and for the first time this year, St. Joseph's Catholic is the No. 1 team with seven first-place votes in Class A.

VOTE: Here are the nominees for the Spartanburg-area high school football athlete of the week

TOP DOGS: Byrnes' defense is making its case as one of the best in South CarolinaWESTSIDE-TL HANNA: Westside sophomore QB Cutter Woods has coming-out party in rivalry win over T.L. Hanna

Here are the rankings for each classification as the media voted this week:

Class AAAAA

1. Dutch Fork (17)

2. Byrnes

3. Hillcrest

4. Dorman

5. Fort Dorchester

6. Sumter

7. Gaffney

8. Summerville

9. Spartanburg

10. River Bluff

Others receiving votes: TL Hanna, White Knoll, JL Mann, West Ashley, Lexington, Clover, Socastee

Class AAAA

1. South Pointe (16)

2. Northwestern (1)

3. AC Flora

4. (tie) West Florence

4. (tie) South Florence

6. Hartsville

7. Catawba Ridge

8. James Island

9. Indian Land

10. Ridge View

Others receiving votes: York, Westside, Irmo, Greenville, Myrtle Beach

Class AAA

1. Daniel (16)

2. Dillon

3. Powdersville

4. Camden (1)

5. Clinton

6. Gilbert

7. Seneca

8. Beaufort

9. Hanahan

10. Belton-Honea Path

Others receiving votes: Manning, Chester, Loris, Marlboro County, Brookland-Cayce, Crestwood, Emerald, Woodruff, Aynor, Union County, Philip Simmons

Class AA

1. Saluda (11)

2. Abbeville (2)

3. Barnwell (3)

4. Oceanside Collegiate (1)

5. Fairfield Central

6. Wade Hampton

7. Buford

8. Woodland

9. Marion

10. Pelion

Others receiving votes: Gray Collegiate, Cheraw, Newberry, Strom Thurmond, Silver Bluff, Andrews, Academic Magnet, Lake Marion

Class A

1. St. Joseph’s (7)

2. Whale Branch (3)

3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (1)

4. Johnsonville (2)

5. Lewisville (1)

6. Christ Church (2)

7. Lamar

8. Baptist Hill

9. Southside Christian

10. Lake View (1)

Others receiving votes: Calhoun County, Hannah-Pamplico, McBee, Latta, Still, C.A. Johnson, Denmark-Olar, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler

Joe Dandron, a Michigan native and graduate of Michigan State University, covers high school sports for The Greenville News. Have a question, story idea, or story tip involving prep sports in the Upstate? Email him at jdandron@greenvillenews.com or reach out via phone at 864-415-6213.

Meeting Notes - September 22, 2022

This week there are a large number of multifamily and large residential developments coming before the various City of Charleston boards and committees. Below are those items as well as the application results for specific items to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area. More detailed agendas and results can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter.Sept. 22: Road construction plans for the replacement of the Beresford Creek Bridge on Daniel Island Drive. There will be an installation of a gas main and electrical conduit as a result of t...

This week there are a large number of multifamily and large residential developments coming before the various City of Charleston boards and committees. Below are those items as well as the application results for specific items to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area. More detailed agendas and results can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter.

Sept. 22: Road construction plans for the replacement of the Beresford Creek Bridge on Daniel Island Drive. There will be an installation of a gas main and electrical conduit as a result of the project.

Sept. 22: Preliminary subdivision plat for the Towne at Cooper River on Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy. Right-of-way extension, roadway construction and master infrastructure to three lots on 5.3 acres.

Sept. 22: Road construction plans for the Towne at Cooper River on Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy. Right-of-way extension, roadway construction and master infrastructure to three lots on 5.3 acres.

Sept. 15: Site plan for improvements to the Sanders House at 2019 Sanders House Street at Point Hope in Cainhoy. Improvements will be made to the existing 1.3-acre parcel and building to be utilized as neighborhood park. RESULTS: Revise and resubmit to TRC.

Berkeley Co. Bd. of Education meets twice each month. Executive Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Berkeley Co. Council meets fourth Mon. of each month, 6 p.m., Berkeley County Admin. Blg., 1003 Hwy 52, Moncks Corner.

City of Charleston Council typically meets the second and fourth Tues. of each month, 5 p.m., City Hall, 80 Broad Street, Charleston, SC and/or virtually via Conference Call #1-929-205-6099; Access Code: 912 096 416. Exceptions: Summer Schedule - 3rd Tues. of June,

July, and August; December meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tues. Dates and locations subject to change.

City of Charleston Technical Review Committee meets every Thurs. at 9 a.m.via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Site Design meets the 1st Wed. of each month at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Zoning meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month at 5:15 p.m., except for January and July when no meeting is held on the 1st Tues.

City of Charleston Design Review Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mon. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wed. of every month at 5 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Large projects meets the 2nd and 4th Wed. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Tom & Sue's Incomplete Guide: Lowcountry Sunsets

Sue: One of the highlights of our summer evening walks around Smythe Lake with our dog Iggy is the sunset. This got me thinking about where else we could enjoy nature’s evening light show. While Tom fancies himself a burgeoning curmudgeon, the truth is he is a romantic and a lover of nature. He urges me out the door each evening to catch the fading sun as it kisses the horizon, glows behind the clouds and shimmers light across the Lowcountry waterways.Tom: I expected this sunset guide to be the easiest compilation yet. To date, ...

Sue: One of the highlights of our summer evening walks around Smythe Lake with our dog Iggy is the sunset. This got me thinking about where else we could enjoy nature’s evening light show. While Tom fancies himself a burgeoning curmudgeon, the truth is he is a romantic and a lover of nature. He urges me out the door each evening to catch the fading sun as it kisses the horizon, glows behind the clouds and shimmers light across the Lowcountry waterways.

Tom: I expected this sunset guide to be the easiest compilation yet. To date, Sue and I have been forced to binge on pizza, ice cream and baked goods from half a dozen farmers markets throughout the Lowcountry. How tough could going out to look at sunsets be? Well, it was August and the sun sets after 8 p.m. each night, which is well after Sue’s bedtime and within four hours of mine. It also rained 47 out of 31 days this past August. Our dog Iggy has had more success chasing our cat Belle than we had chasing sunsets for this guide.

Daniel Island spots

The Best Spots: Bellinger Island, Captain’s Island Bridge, Daniel Island Ferry, Smythe Lake

Sue’s Take: Bellinger Island holds a special place in my heart, a frequent favorite trek for adventure when my children were growing up in Codners Ferry Park in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I think this is the best place on the island to see a sunset and to take a walk. The twilight scene is visible from the dock, the pier, and the raised platform.

I saw my first sunset from Captain’s Island Bridge one fall when the sun set directly on the water as a boat cruised up the creek. Idyllic. It’s a perfect way to end a walk around Captain’s Island.

The Daniel Island Ferry’s Harbor Cruise offers non-boat owners a great opportunity to see the sunset from the water. During our last Harbor Cruise we saw Panamax ships docked at the Wando Terminal, sailboat races, dolphins swimming in the ferry’s wake, the majestic Ravenel Bridge, and the Charleston waterfront all as the sun lowered in the sky and gently bid the day adieu.

Tom’s Take: The spots that Sue mentioned are good places to see a sunset, with the Daniel Island Ferry Harbor Cruise being the top of that list. But, the perfect spot to see the sunset for this landlubber is from on top of the Wando River Bridge. The views of Daniel Island, the Wando River and the sun setting over the horizon are spectacular. It is the absolute highlight of a three-hour commute from Long Point Road to the Daniel Island exit due to a stalled car on the Don Holt Bridge.

Mount Pleasant spots

Sue’s Take: I’m a cheap date – pack a picnic and take me to Pitt Street Bridge at dusk and I’m happy! Dogs are welcome. This is one of my favorite spots. Waterfront Park also offers a delightful setting as the sun sets behind the bridge. Only downside, dogs are not allowed on the pier or on the Ravenel Bridge.

Tom’s Take: The Ravenel Bridge and Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park are off my list due to their canine-discrimination policies, so the Pitt Street Bridge is where it’s at. It’s also the best spot for observing neo-hippies, actual 1960s era hippies turned retired asset managers, and Old Village yuppie parents. It reminds me of the nightly Sunset Fest at Mallory Square in Key West, minus the trained cat circus, which Iggy would see as her duty to scatter in seconds. Even a dog knows that training cats is a black art that goes against nature and is not to be tolerated.

Sue’s Take: You can see a wonderful sunset shimmering across the Intracoastal Waterway from Breach Inlet on IOP. Or, better yet, enjoy a drink and a meal from the deck of The Boathouse restaurant. Dolphins are frequent visitors here at sunset as well.

Tom’s Take: The view over the marsh at Breach Inlet rivals the Wando River Bridge sunsets. But, don’t trade the road rage of the Mark Clark “Expressway” for parking rage at The Boathouse. When Sue and I arrive in our luxurious Saturn Vue, I casually flip the keys to the valet and let him worry about the mile walk back from the nearest parking space.

Tom & Sue: We both agree, our descriptions pale in comparison to seeing it yourself. Sunsets are free fun and a balm for the soul! They are different every night of the week and every season of the year. And, with the shorter days of fall in the offing, they can soon be taken in before Sue changes into her night shirt and slippers.

LTP Mount Pleasant to host ATP men’s pro tennis event

LTP Mount Pleasant has been host in recent years to pro tennis tournaments featuring rising young talent on the women’s WTA and ITF circuits, adding to Charleston’s tennis reputation anchored by the long-running Credit One Charleston Open on Daniel Island, successor to the storied Family Circle Cup women’s event.This week, LTP Mount Pleasant is adding a men’s ATP Challenger Tour event to its profile, the first men’s pro event to be held in the Lowcountry in many years.“At LTP, we’ve hos...

LTP Mount Pleasant has been host in recent years to pro tennis tournaments featuring rising young talent on the women’s WTA and ITF circuits, adding to Charleston’s tennis reputation anchored by the long-running Credit One Charleston Open on Daniel Island, successor to the storied Family Circle Cup women’s event.

This week, LTP Mount Pleasant is adding a men’s ATP Challenger Tour event to its profile, the first men’s pro event to be held in the Lowcountry in many years.

“At LTP, we’ve hosted many different WTA, ITF and national junior tournaments over the years,” said Patrick Hieber, director of tennis at the LTP facilities in Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island. “The community’s appreciation for professional tennis is amazing, so we knew adding a men’s tour element to our resume for the Lowcountry would be vital.”

Admission is free to the tournament, with daily play leading up to the finals on Oct. 2.

The Challenger Tour is the secondary pro tour organized by the ATP, and features 184 tournaments around the world in 2022, with prize money ranging from $37,520 up to $159,360 for a tournament.

Superstars such as the recently retired Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played in Challenger Tour events — Federer played 23 Challenger matches and won one title; Nadal played 44 matches and won two tournaments; and Djokovic won three titles while playing 36 matches.

“The Challenger Tour is a tricky Tour,” Federer once said. “I don’t believe there’s a huge difference between the Challenger level and the ATP [Tour] level. The players play very, very well.

“The Challenger Tour really tests your spirits because they are usually in the smaller cities and they are harder to get to, so you really build thick skin and you have to be tough. You have to battle through some tough conditions. I admire the guys on the Challenger Tour a lot.”

At LTP Mount Pleasant, players include No. 1 seed Jordan Thompson of Australia and University of South Carolina alum and 2019 NCAA singles champion Paul Jubb.

Young American Emilio Nava, who took a set off Andy Murray at the U.S. Open this year, is also in the field.

“This event will provide fans a chance to have an impressive, front row view of players from around the world and perhaps the next U.S. Open champion,” Hieber said.

In 2021 and 2022, LTP Mount Pleasant has been the host site for a WTA 125 event; two ITF $100K tournaments; an ITF $60K event; the ITA College Tennis Women’s All American Championships; the USTA Girls 18s National Clay Court Championships; and six UTR $25,000 events.

A rare disease destroyed her nose. After 10 years, she’s finally leaving the house

For the first time in over 10 years, Jackie Hyman felt normal.The 56-year-old Goose Creek resident was preparing to go see Elton John in concert at Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island, something she could barely dream of doing just a few years ago.“I can’t believe I’m doing it,” Hyman said smiling, her eyes wide with excitement.Hyman was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease in 2006, a rare autoimmune disease that restricts blood flow to vital organs and tissues like the lungs, kidneys, throat, e...

For the first time in over 10 years, Jackie Hyman felt normal.

The 56-year-old Goose Creek resident was preparing to go see Elton John in concert at Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island, something she could barely dream of doing just a few years ago.

“I can’t believe I’m doing it,” Hyman said smiling, her eyes wide with excitement.

Hyman was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease in 2006, a rare autoimmune disease that restricts blood flow to vital organs and tissues like the lungs, kidneys, throat, ears and nose.

Her case was severe and caused irreparable damage to her nose tissue.

Dr. James Benner, a cardiovascular surgeon at Trident Medical Center, said more common forms of the disease occur in the lungs or kidneys and can be treated using a combination of steroid treatments when caught early. Benner said only in severe cases does the disease progress toward complete degeneration of tissue and bone.

“It’s a form of vasculitis,” Benner said. “Your body attacks its own arteries and tissues, viewing them as foreign and then destroying them.”

Hyman recalled looking into the bathroom mirror at work one day, finding she had two black eyes and discoloration around her nose. The tissue was dying.

“My nose was retracting and shrinking back into my face,” Hyman said. “All of a sudden it was not there.”

Treating the disease

At the time she was living in Shreveport, La., raising her three boys, Kessler, Luke and Jack, and working full time.

“I was young enough to where I worried about them and how I looked in my life to be there for them,” Hyman said. “So I just chose to do everything I could.”

Hyman underwent many small surgeries to get the disease under control, stopping the spread of dying tissue and limiting the other symptoms.

Symptoms of the disease include chronic sinus infections and nosebleeds, pus-like drainage around the nose, trouble breathing and sleeping, and pain around the affected area.

In 2011, she started the decade-long journey to rebuild her nose, enduring more than 50 nasal reconstruction surgeries from doctors in Miami and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The procedures were intense, followed by painful recovery periods. In one of her first surgeries, doctors took skin from her arm, molded it into a ball and attached it back to her arm. The plan was to let the tissue grow large enough to reconstruct a nose and attach at a later date.

For other surgeries, doctors have taken skin from her scalp and bones from her skull and hip in an effort to reconstruct her nose.

But all of them were unsuccessful. She contracted numerous infections and other complications.

Her life consisted of taking trips back and forth to Miami for surgeries. She spent years hiding her face from family and friends under bandages and gauze wrappings.

“It was always a burning and raw feeling,” she said, remembering the pain she felt recovering from her scalp surgery.

She even missed two of her sons’ high school graduations, afraid she would bring unwanted attention to herself and to her kids.

“I worried I would’ve embarrassed them,” Hyman said. “But they never acted like they minded. They were great.”

End of the road

After more than 50 surgeries, doctors from Miami and MUSC had come to the end of the road.

There was no more to do, which meant Hyman was out of options and her hopes for reconstructing her nose were over.

It was time to go the prosthetic route, which she consistently denied when offered to her in the past.

“I was totally against the whole prosthetic process,” Hyman said.

That was until she met Dr. Betsy Davis, a head and neck specialist at MUSC. Davis has been making prosthetics since 1994 and now practices at Trident Medical Center’s Head and Neck Specialist Charleston location.

Davis is one of the few prosthetics makers in the southeast region. She made Hyman’s first prosthetic nose in 2017.

“She saved my life and she saved my face,” Hyman said.

Hyman admits going through the motions of multiple unsuccessful surgeries and losing her dreams of rebuilding her nose put her in a deep depression.

But seeing Davis and how positive and confident she was about the process brought her relief.

Without it, Hyman said she probably wouldn’t have gone forward with the process.

“It’s a privilege to treat these patients and be able to restore their facial appearance,” Davis told The Post and Courier.

A new sense

Hyman’s surgeries cost her and her partner millions of dollars, including costs for travel and hospital stays.

“I wanted to try everything, and I did,” Hyman said.

She said her looks meant a lot to her and were part of how she defined herself before her illness.

“I was hot,” she said proudly. “I looked good and I was pretty skinny. So this (diagnosis) was devastating.”

But she insists she still wouldn’t trade her experience for anything. She’s learned a new sense of self and is even more grateful for her loving partner, her children and family who’ve continued to love her through years of hard times.

“You realize how strong you are,” Hyman said, fighting back tears. “And I realized how great my children and my partner were to love me when I looked like that.”

Since getting her prosthetic nose in 2017 and growing accustomed to the way she looks while using it, Hyman has slowly regained her confidence to live her life outside of her home.

For years she stayed home, afraid people would point and talk about her condition loudly. Every once in a while she woke up with the strength to not care about the way other people saw her.

“Every now and then, I’d say eff it and just go run my errands,” Hyman said.

Now, she’s grown to love her prosthesis, and even went as far as to tell one of her close friends and neighbors about her condition.

“They were super sweet about it and swore that if I’d never told them they would have never known about the prosthetic,” she said gleaming with relief.

Hyman said up next on her list of things to do include going out to dinner and sitting in restaurants with her partner — for the first time in over a decade.

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