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, most 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.
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.
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.
Though they traffic in Swedish, hot-stone, and shiatsu massages and other traditional forms of bodywork, the therapists at Sacred Garden Healing Arts Center don't confine themselves to conventional treatments in designing their clients' pain-relief regimens. Instead they call upon such alternative therapies as reiki, which involves placing hands over the body's energy centers, and pranic healing, which manipulates the body's life force using a no-touch technique that won't be interrupted by rappers commanding people to throw their hands in the air like they just don't care. The center's treatments are meant to complement one another, so after craniosacral therapy or a Native American raindrop massage, patrons can retire to the salt room, where they can inhale air rich with Dead Sea salt, which can help to clear sinuses and relieve skin problems, among myriad other benefits.
At The Smokey Eye, owner Kimberly Williams and her staff of aestheticians and cosmetologists beautify clients with professional makeup, hairstyling, and eyelash extensions. The staff also hosts classes that teach women about many nuanced aspects of makeup application.
Kimberly and Robyn of Airbrush Artist Pro have honed their craft over the years by applying makeup for weddings as well as boudoir and fashion photo shoots. During makeovers, they use organic makeup that’s free of chemicals, gluten, and parabens and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential oils. The makeup is made from crushed minerals imported from Germany, making it both safe and nourishing for most skin types. Eager to pass on the secrets of their profession, Kimberly and Robyn lead 90-minute lessons that cover proper techniques, color selection, contouring, and highlighting.