The Douglas J Aveda Institute is a beauty school in which students under the watchful eye of knowledgeable instructors pamper and soothe exteriors and extremities during salon services. Groupon holders can revitalize tired mugs with a 60-minute elemental nature facial, a customizable toning treatment complete with exfoliation, massage, and spirit-animal reading ($37), or have their features accented with defining brushstrokes and complementary shades during a makeup application or lesson ($22–$25). Elemental nature manicures ($24) and pedicures ($35) scrub and moisturize extremities before decorating talons with fresh paint jobs. Spa-goers can keep rogue follicles at bay with a brow or lip wax ($11), or keep faces as smooth and manicured as a topiary sculpture of the Fonz with a full facial wax ($33).
Angela Gorman has amassed a formidable list of certifications in the holistic-health industry after 14 years. She has been trained to soothe physiques with 28 different bodywork modalities, aided by her experience as a personal trainer and an anatomy and physiology instructor at Florida Metropolitan University, now known as Everest University. With such a broad wellness background, Angela was in prime position to develop Sacred Body's credo of customer care, which focuses a menu of treatments on restoring each individual's mental and physical balance.
Angela's team of massage therapists, yoga instructors, and life coaches subdue stressors by customizing their services to accommodate every client. The massage menu splits its offerings into corporal treatments—such as deep-tissue work—and energy therapy, such as reiki or kneadings with hot batteries. Faith in organic health has inspired the center's signature facial, which combines honey and fruits with herbal infusions brewed onsite to bring out the skin's radiance.
Since its founding in 1954, Dessange Paris has expanded from its original Champs Élysées location to more than 1,000 salons worldwide, including this Ann Arbor outpost. Employing a toolkit of signature house products, L’Oréal hair color, and hair balms from women’s magazine darling Kérastase, stylists indulge clients and refine their exterior appearances. Beautifying treatments run the gamut from regular mane maintenance to makeup application, waxing, and mani-pedis, which help patrons sport summer sandals and fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
The team at Lumina Sanare Healing Center relieves stress and spurs the body's healing processes with holistic therapies inside a spacious, wood-floored center. The menu of services speaks to a penchant for both physical and mental healing. TMJ treatments relieve tender jaws, and respiratory steams coax congestion and unwholesome daydreams from sinus cavities. Lumina Sanare's wealth of therapies extends to acupuncture, facials, and a mastery of reiki, a technique that plies the body's electrical fields to alleviate pain and stress.
Unlike the sun, who can't be bothered to give up his beauty sleep, Campus Tan keeps bronzing bodies till 9 p.m. on weekdays and offers convenient weekend hours to suit busy schedules. Staffed by a team of knowledgeable tanning experts, the salon maintains a fleet of Puretan and Suncapsule tanning equipment that baste pale skin with five varying levels of hue-shifting rays. Those hoping to avoid the synthetic beams can opt for a UV-free Mystic Tan session, which includes a brief instruction video that shows first timers how to operate the booth or use it as an emergency floatation device.
Staffers at Pura Vida Color Studio strive to live up to their name—which means "pure life"—by using sustainable, earth-friendly Davines products. The Davines concept salon also specializes in flamboyage highlights, a technique that uses adhesive strips, rather than foil or court orders, to separate small sections of hair. The careful process results in natural-looking wisps and currents of color.
The salon's subdued decor turns eyes' focus toward vibrant tresses. Stylists can judge and calibrate colors in the abundant natural light from wide windows, or glance in black-bordered mirrors as they style hair with Paul Mitchell products. The salon's neutral-colored walls echo the burble of the storefront fountain and the footfalls of the well-coiffed elves who live inside the potted plants.
Yvonne Warner has spent the last 25 years attending advanced classes at Vidal Sassoon and Martin Parsons, and picking up specialties in coloring and highlights. Today she puts all of that experience to good use at Salon 328, where she doles out haircuts, color, and highlights to clients with overgrown locks, fading looks, or requests to “just blend in with that wall right over there.”