At Ferndale Relaxation Spa, massage therapists employ a holistic approach twice over, soothing the entire body with techniques from around the world. Beyond the traditional Western modalities, such as Swedish and hot stone, the indian head and neck massage calls upon ayurvedic-healing principles, and Chinese reflexology methods aim to boost the immune system during foot massages. Amid a bubbling fountain and soft music, the spa promotes relaxation with optional experiences such as rose petals scattered in candlelight or side-by-side massages for couples or presidential running mates.
One might not think of makeup as having attitude, but Brazen Cosmetics aims to change that. The indie cosmetics company creates bold hues and trendy scents to draw attention on the street, amplify a stage presence, and—at one point—grace the faces of the Detroit Pistons cheerleaders. These eye shadows, blushes, brow powders, and foundations sport names bold enough to reflect their colors and the spirits of the divas living inside their containers. Women can wear their mood with flirtatious tints such as En Fuego, Frisky, and Surrender or play with more mysterious names such as End of the World, Idol, and WTF.
Yet intrepid looks aren't the only goal of Brazen Cosmetics. Each custom-blended color uses durable formulas anchored by natural minerals, oils, extracts, and vitamins to enhance and heal complexions. As a further eco-friendly measure, most of the company's products are made completely vegan and all the products are 100% vegetarian. In Brazen's Ferndale showroom and beauty lounge, customers can feel good about the lack of animal testing as they sample blends from the shelf or learn how to apply them during group and private classes spurred by wine.
For more than 10 years, the Downtown Ferndale Salon Rehe has been a site for beauty transformation. Like the rock sculptors who maintain Abe Lincoln's chiseled biceps on Mount Rushmore, Salon Rehe's skilled stylists improve the look of their clients with haircuts, color applications, and conditioning treatments. After a complimentary consultation, stylists perform a range of services that includes adding extensions, chemically straightening hair, or sweeping strands into an updo for elegant occasions like a wedding. Other services include nail care and waxing services that shape eyebrows or remove ‘staches from the lip. The team even host events such as a bring-your-own-blow-dryer girls' night.
Saigon Spa’s service list reveals extra touches and luxurious ingredients such as milk-and-honey scrubs, which infuse hands and feet with added moisture, and whirlpool baths of essential oils. After pampering hands and feet, technicians swipe on traditional or shellac polish, which dries quickly to a mirror finish and stays chip-free for up to 14 days. During signature body or facial treatments, sea salt buffs skin to a healthy glow, and all the while, guests sip complimentary soft drinks.
Flip Salon’s staff of Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble–trained stylists boast years of hair-care experience, especially after a little wine at dinner. Amidst a friendly, vintage-tinged atmosphere, these tress technicians will use high-quality products such as Kemon and Bumble and bumble to dispense expert haircuts ($30–$37 for men, $50–$75 for women), highlights ($70–$95), blow-dry stylings ($30–$50), scalp treatments ($15–$20), and up-dos ($50–$70).
Just before the entrance to Greenleaf Bodywork, a two-level garden box welcomes guests—its lower level filled with basalt stones atop combed white sand, the top sprouting young bamboo shoots. Inside the studio, this penchant for the elemental continues, surrounding guests with stone-tile floors, bamboo blinds, and treatment rooms where subdued lighting spills across the walls and the tapestries hanging there. Within these zen-like environs, Greenleaf’s massage therapists work their magic, healing soft tissue with modalities such as deep tissue, hot stone, and reflexology. They also offer couples massages, synchronizing Swedish bodywork between spouses' backs or helping rivals race to a state of relaxation.
Within the red-and-black-themed Dye Hair Salon, stylists transform patrons' looks with precise cuts and coloring services. They utilize Redken products and the sulfate-free Pureology line, which includes a 100% vegan collection and formulas with an AntiFadeComplex to extend the life of color treatments. The salon's reception area greets guests with a curvy, red-cushioned sofa that looks like it was harvested from a trendy nightclub or Buck Rogers' foyer.