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.
The sounds of a waterfall gently splashing against smooth blocks of granite fill visitors' ears and meld with the cacophony of hair snipping, blow-drying, and stylist-proffered wisdom that emanates from styling stations at La Bella Vita Salon. Behind the reception desk, curlicue script above flat-screen televisions announces the salon's name and thus eliminates any confusion patrons may have about where they are. Women, men, children, and ambulatory Chia Pets are all welcome at the elegantly appointed salon, where a comprehensive list of hair and makeup services are offered à la carte or bundled as bridal packages.
At Crave's eco-friendly studio, the staff redesigns nails and bodies—either permanently or temporarily—with nailcare, tattoos, and makeup services. During manicures and pedicures, the technicians can use gel products for minimized odors and easier breathing, particularly apt for clients trying to see if their new tattoo of an ice-cream sundae works double-time as a scratch 'n' sniff.
The current Chaos Studio Salon was a labor of love. In 2012, Jennifer realized she'd outgrown her current space, but it wasn't until it began leaking from the ceiling that she decided to make the leap—and to do that, she called her Dad. Together, the pair scouted a new location, then brought the Chaos Studio Salon team together to lovingly transform the space. Now, master and senior stylists transform locks with Paul Mitchell tools and color beneath twinkling chandeliers, and walls and doors lined with repurposed barn boards offset the bright colors and dynamic artwork that surround the Bubble, Hydration, and Color Bars. Lash artists highlight eyes with 3D extensions, and at the Tool Bar , guests can pick up a few products for use at home or while hang gliding to a special event.
A profusion of flowers frames the entrance to Salon Maison Rouge, hinting that the treatment rooms inside offer refuge from the hectic rituals of urban life. Their hints prove accurate—once inside, guests immediately take note of the wicker chairs, potted plants, and paintings arranged to promote relaxation. The salon’s stylists create music as they snip their shears, shaping new haircuts to complement the aestheticians’ makeovers. Before indulging in a moisturizing four-layer facial, help yourself to a complimentary snack or beverage and get dressed in the spa’s signature uniform: a soft robe and terrycloth top hat.