Chili Pepper's Tanning Inc. Megastores’ trophy case is getting full—in addition to being named one of Detroit’s best tanning salons three times in a row by CityVoter, it has acquired accolades from Local 4 and CBS Detroit, which commends its spray tanning. Its growing awards reflect Chili Pepper’s growth; since opening in 2002, Chili Pepper’s has expanded to 15 locations, spreading across Detroit like the buffalo pox.
In every location, five levels of tanning beds turn skin a sun-kissed gold or deep bronze. Mystic Tan sessions let customers avoid things associated with booth and outdoor tanning—UV rays and pool lifeguards who push you in the water to practice saving you. No matter which option they choose, patrons can turn to knowledgeable Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients decide what is best for their tanning goals.
Relaxation is both a concept and a destination at Soma Health & Fitness, where sleek wooden floors are bathed in the sunbeams streaming in from symmetrical skylights. Here, visitors steep selves in soothing services such as massage therapy and physiotherapy, which pairs clients with certified professionals for one-on-one treatments that tackle movement difficulties with postural correction, muscle stimulation, and ultrasound treatments to seek out cursive injury reports spelled out in knotted tendons. Rehabilitative kinesiology combined with yoga and cardio fitness classes in the fully-equipped gym boost clients' cardiovascular health and muscle tone while providing an outlet for emotional renewal.
A child covered in an ice-cream sundae is usually headed straight for a bath and a time-out. At CupCakes & IceCream Kids Spa and Party Room, however, they're pampered. At the spa, girls are encouraged to soak in soothing ice-cream baths made with their choice of sundae flavors. At spa stations decorated with cheerfully bright pinks and blues, kids can exfoliate their pores with a fruity facial made from natural ingredients or conclude manicures and pedicures with nontoxic Piggy Paint and sprinkles. Makeup sessions further pamper youngsters with beautifying touches such as lipstick, blushes, and facial gems.
Along with pampering children at the spa, CupCakes & IceCream Kids Spa and Party Room hosts soirees that treat girls like royalty. Built around such themes as Diva Bash and Pajama Jam, two-hour parties include decadent options such as Candy Coated polished nails, facials, or updos. Runway fashion shows and karaoke sessions fill the rest of the time, as can add-ons such as a craft station or lessons in boxing out during bouquet tosses.
The founders of Baby On Board 4D Ultrasound aimed to create a place that brought advanced ultrasound technology outside of the hospital and created a comfortable environment staffed by fellow mothers. In seeing this vision through, they created a facility that offers everything from prenatal massages to photography service. But perhaps its most signature service is its ability to render two-, three-, and four-dimensional ultrasound images that up to 15 people can coo at in an ample viewing room.
The stylists at Exhale Beauty Salon & Spa wield Paul Mitchell products as they style natural hair with finger waves and wet sets and as they coat manes with chemical treatments such as Brazilian straightening serums, relaxers, and perms. In addition to hairstyling, the staff members sculpt brows, perform European facials, and add light massages.
The technicians at Quickii Nails see the tip of each finger as an opportunity for a multimedia project. They might cover nails completely with one shade of shimmery polish, alternate between complementary colors, or draw the eye to spiraling designs, some of which sport rhinestones or polka dots to confuse your predators into thinking you?re actually a cheetah. From classic and Shellac manicures to applications of acrylics, each tiny example of artistry is unique to the client's tastes.