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.
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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.”
As its name announces, Da Vinci's Salon & Gallery aims for artistic excellence whether cutting hair, coloring it, or smoothing it out in keratin treatments. Staff members consider themselves not just stylists but artists, treating scalps as blank slate on which to create living masterpieces or emulate the Mona Lisa's haircut. The salon's walls are lined with local artists’ paintings, which can be purchased by clients. As guests sit in styling chairs and study their reflection in wood-framed mirrors, stylists invigorate hair with products from brands such as AG Hair and Redken.
Under the expertise of owner and board-certified aesthetician Nancy Young, skincare professionals at dbts Skin Bar-Corporate use zone-by-zone facial mapping to create custom skin therapy. With high-end Dermalogica products in tow, staffers fight a variety of dermal foes, including acne blemishes, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scars in the shape of ATM PINs. Using a blend of antioxidants, glycolic acids, and fruit acids, treatments such as advanced rejuvenating chemical peels strip away the exterior layer of skin to promote collagen production and unearth healthier new skin. Other skin-therapy treatments diminish hyperpigmentation or slow the process of aging. Not only do the specialty treatments leave skin smoother, but the light-based hair-removal services contribute to a sleeker façade.