Free of parabens, dyes, and other chemicals, Pure SKN's cosmetics and skincare products are as unadulterated as fresh snowfall. That's because the company's line of blushes, lipsticks, eye shadows, and moisturizers are made exclusively from natural ingredients, such as red rooibos tea from South Africa and crushed minerals imported from Germany (though the products are actually manufactured in Michigan).
The organic nature of the products has been appealing; the line is available at retailers throughout the Midwest, and it has attracted customers to the company's services, which range from spray tanning to makeup and eyelash-extension applications. For aspiring models and people who want to produce illegal stamps with their faces on them, there's even a headshot package that includes makeup and hairstyling.
As the models of the African World Festival’s Detroit Rocks the Runway fashion show sauntered down the runway at Hart Plaza, some onlookers had to remind themselves that the show was about clothing. The hairstyling team nearly stole the show with their gravity-defying styles, but one could hardly blame them. After all, they’re used to doing the same every day at Zenru the salon, a multicultural salon where they specialize in adding color and texture to ethnic hair. Beyond flattering cuts and styles, their menu of services includes color retouches and personalized deep-conditioning treatments. Perms transform straight strands into crowns of bouncy curls, and sew-in extensions give hair enough length to double as a carpet when walking backward across dirty floors.
Just before the entrance to Greenleaf Bodywork, a two-level garden box welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere ?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 alongside a stone-tile water feature, and treatment rooms where subdued lighting spills across the walls and the tapestries hanging there. Within these zen-like environments, Greenleaf?s massage therapists work their magic, healing soft tissue with modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology. They also offer specialty massages customized to specific client needs, such as hot stone or prenatal.
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.
Luna Calley knows how to create that rockstar look. Before she opened Thru Luna's Eyes Hair Studio, she co-owned a salon that catered to bands. Her immersion in rock-and-roll culture over the past 20 years—not to mention her training at David Presley’s School of Cosmetology—inspires her as she lengthens locks with SoCap and Donna Bella hair extensions. Calley and her skilled staff glam up clients with services ranging from dreadlocks and haircuts to individual eyelashes. When Calley isn't creating two-toned bangs or purple mohawks, she moonlights as a certified photographer and kundalini yoga instructor.
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.