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.
Madison Heights Tan Company readies physiques for vacations, beach trips, or long winters by supplying six levels of UV tanning and UV-free spray-tanning. Seven private spa rooms house bed and stand-up tanning units, where clients can soak up a base tan at Level 1 or match wits with the sun itself at Level 6. The premium Mystic-HD airbrush application system spritzes the body with a safe, sun-free glow. Guests can enjoy complimentary bottled water throughout their tanning experience, or peruse the shop’s array of tanning products, all priced below retail value.
At Beauty Mark Salon and Spa, staff members tend to hair, nails, and skin with care and expertise. Cuts, blowouts, and coloring treatments from skilled stylists help you find a whole new look without the use of funhouse mirrors. Gel polish manicures and spa pedicures, meanwhile, let you relax while techs beautify your hands and feet. And treatments such as the age-smart facial and the body exfoliant reverse signs of aging and leave skin looking fresh and radiant.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at three participating Detroit-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.