When stylist Kristen Jones joined the team at Changes Hair Design, her enthusiasm for her work was palpable. "Keeping my clients looking effortlessly amazing is my goal,” she says. Educating clients on at-home maintenance is also a priority for the six-year veteran stylist—she’s always happy to give styling tips or product recommendations for keeping hair healthy and out of the jam jar.
The CIMA Aesthetics doctors and certified aestheticians apply a medical perspective and commensurately advanced technology to each of their cosmetic procedures. During microdermabrasion treatments, specialized crystals skim and frolic across facial contours, stripping away dead skin and haphazardly placed "For Rent" fliers until your mug is pinchably soft and smooth. The safe scrubbers also refurbish oft-overlooked areas under the eyes and near the lips. After three treatments, the newly supple cells exhibit fewer wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and scream lines from overdramatic declarations of "No."
After 20 years working under the name Capelli Oggi, the team at the newly minted Encore Salon decided it was time to reinvent, rename, and remodel the entire space. The beauty experts continue to provide top-notch haircare, waxing, and nail services in their reimagined salon, using a consultative approach that facilitates a fruitful back-and-forth and allows them to craft styles based on each client’s vision and wig collection. In addition to the talented team of beautifiers, the facility houses an impressive array of salon products for purchase and also boasts a dedicated mani-pedi room for nail treatments.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012, Styles Hair Studio enhances its clients' natural beauty with hair, nail, and waxing services doled out by an experienced team. Each stylist and colorist takes part in continuing education to stay ahead of current styling techniques and other contestants on Beauty Jeopardy! The TIGI Professional salon also holds an annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit local school and charities, including the American Cancer Society.
The blow-dry bar at Salon Karma wrangles thick, long, curly, and straight hair into silky-smooth finishes using nothing more than water, shampoo, a blow-dryer, and a brush. The staff also works with any hair type during cuts and coloring treatments and offers nailcare and tanning services. In addition, they take their show on the road with on-set hairstyling for films, photo shoots, and trendy magazines.
High-tech tanning equipment and an amiable and knowledgeable staff greet clients at VIP Tanning, a go-to indoor-tanning emporium in business more than 20 years. Here, customers can refill their vitamin D reserves from UV beds or standup booths, or bask in a nonstreaking, UV-free sunless tan from the Mystic Tan system.
The College Store stocks its scholarly shelves with a serious selection of Michigan State University apparel and merchandise. Prevent upper bodies from going naked into the world with a raspy-voiced Izzone T-shirt ($18) or prep yourself for an ivory-towered death match with a plush Spartan helmet ($19.99). Turn buckeyes green with envy with a 2010 Big Ten Championship hat or let your academically aggressive tween profess his or her loyalties with a stylish pair of kids' scrubs ($15.99). The College Store also carries an extensive gift section featuring pennants ($14.99), tailgating cups ($3.99), and MSU basketball backboard pins ($4.99) so neighborhood gym rats can run miniature post-up drills against your flexed bicep.