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).
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.
When head stylist Tameshia "Me Me" McConnell founded Lillie D'or Salon & Spa in July 2012, she brought more than 15 years of experience along with her shears and combs. Beyond haircuts, the salon's services span from relaxers and highlights to facials, massages, and makeup applications. Drinks from the Lillie Bar refresh clients in between services, as do visits to the cozy waiting area outfitted with sleek, contemporary furniture.
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.