A symphony of buzzing blow dryers and snipping shears rebounds off Salon Indigo’s vibrant red walls and shelves lined with Aveda beauty products. Glass block divides the front-desk receptionist from the flurry of stylists, nail techs, and makeup artists as they labor away, beautifying and refurbishing clients. Each follicle coddler stationed in this Aveda Concept Salon relies on the respected brand's botanical-based products to rejuvenate manes, coloring hair with 97% chemical-free mixtures and massaging scalps with aromatic oils.
Aside from mane-sculpting services, the salon beautifies patrons in myriad other modalities. Makeup artists who specialize in bridal makeup get the faces of brides and their wedding parties big-day ready with pre-wedding sessions to ensure that every dab of lipstick, stroke of eyeliner, or smear of camo face paint looks perfect. To ensure clients receive an enjoyable experience, Salon Indigo's beautifiers participate in continuing-education courses to keep their skills sharp.
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.
Experienced hair stylists roll open the drawers of black-trimmed dressers and grab gleaming pairs of scissors. They turn back to their clients, who nestle in squeaky-clean, white styling chairs, and begin by ruffling manes long and short, getting a feel for the flow and texture of each head of hair as they prepare to transform it. All the while, ensconced in private treatment rooms, nail technicians and massage therapists tend to clients relaxing on plush pedicure chairs. All About the Hair Salon and Spa's clients can seek out any of the salon's forms of pampering, from haircuts to waxing to long-lasting Shellac manicures, and expect the same friendly demeanor and attention to detail from their stylists. The salon also houses a cozy waiting area, where guests relax on an L-shaped sofa accented by a modern rug and vases filled with flowers and the calming sound of the ocean.
Amid rose- and evergreen-hued décor, aesthetician Tracy Winn supervises five specialty facials, each of which addresses a different skincare concern, using all-natural products. One treatment focuses on moisturizing dry skin, and others reduce the appearance of age spots or acne. The carefully calibrated glycolic-acid or pumpkin-extract solutions of the chemical peels lift away dead skin to reveal younger cells playing Red Rover underneath. Victorian-style lamps and an oversize clock face give the lobby a sense of vintage charm, and shelves support glass curiosities in private treatment rooms.
In order to spread sunshine across Detroit dermises regardless of season, VIP Tanning keeps its tanning technology future-compatible and its salon clean enough to inspire envy among surgeons. The VersaSpa Professional Skincare System skips the burns and vulgar graffiti caused by old-fashioned star-based technologies and instead showers exposed skin with a pH-balancing and conditioning primer, followed by a spritz of bronzer and a hydrating and firming spray that locks in color and smoothes away fine lines. The air-purification system keeps the oxygen breathable, and the Comfort-Dry technology air-towels you off between sprays. The session takes ten to fifteen minutes, and the tan lasts up to seven days, commonly known as a “sevener.”