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, many 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. Their products can also be purchased at Whole Foods.
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.
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.
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.
No two treatments at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics are quite alike. The experienced aestheticians and skin specialist know just how to customize a facial or chemical peel for a client's specific set of issues, from wrinkles to acne to melasma (dark patches of skin). The team of nurses can also administer injectables like Botox, perhaps during a private party at the spa.
Other treatments work together to deliver results. Microdermabrasion, for example, can combine with a peel to fight signs of aging and give pores a message that says "we're watching you." The center also touts the benefits of Advanced Dermapen Collagen Induction, which relies on tiny needles to help stimulate collagen production across the body.
Years of searching for painless and effective hair-removal technology led Dr. Granowicz to the Aesthera PPx system. At Medical Laser Aesthetics, PLLC, he and his staff prevent hair from slowly taking over bodies by using Aesthera’s noninvasive, wand-like device to flash low levels of intense pulsed light on treatment areas, causing camera-shy hairs to flee the scene. During the hair-removal process, the Aesthera PPx system soothes skin with a mist of pure water, rather than relying on aesthetic lotions or anesthetic creams. Other than whisking away unneeded bodily fleece, the center’s technicians also use the powerful device to rejuvenate damaged skin, treat acne, and chime in at Pink Floyd laser-light shows. Regardless of the aesthetic need, the practitioners at Medical Laser Aesthetics work with clients to create personalized treatment plans.