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.
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.
When head stylist Tameshia "Me Me" McConnell founded Lillie D'or Salon and 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, extensions, and highlights to facials, massages, and makeup applications. Clients can relax in the cozy waiting area outfitted with sleek, contemporary furniture.
Trina Harper and Tracy Roberts met while studying aesthetics at Douglas J Aveda Institute, and bonded over their mutual love of helping customers feel beautiful both inside and out. They continue this mission at the full-service spa that they co-own, Evolution Skin Care Studio. Here, facials, body treatments, and massages target myriad skin issues. Retexturing facials, for instance, work to revitalize dull, dehydrated skin, and detoxifying body treatments use ingredients such as Dead Sea mud, sea salt, and jojoba oil to smooth skin that's coarsened by age, lack of moisture, or the cold, hard facts of life.
But Evolution takes its personalized skincare treatments one step further. Through her work as an aesthetician, Trina began to notice that those suffering from cancer dealt with unique skin issues that required a specialized and delicate touch. So the entire staff became trained and certified in oncology aesthetics, learning how to treat skin that's been compromised by chemotherapy treatments or other illnesses. Thanks to these specialized treatments, clients struggling through health challenges get the chance to relax in a soothing spa environment.