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.
Working from inside Love Your Hair Salon's rustic, French-themed studio, technician Steffany LaBo uses her more than 15 years of experience to expertly enhance peepers and paws with salon services. Sidle up to a vintage wooden table as Steffany wrangles cuticles and intimidates nails into shape during a 45-minute Shellac manicure. Using a Shellac polish, Steffany coats digits in a vibrant coat of color that remains chip-free for up to 14 days or 450 extreme thumb-wrestling matches. Feet also receive TLC during the one-hour spa pedicure, which jets tootsies into a warm footbath and a gentle round of exfoliation to shed rough patches. After nails are buffed, shaped, and entered into beauty pageants, a layer of polish dresses them up in a client-selected hue.
Since 1996, the staff at The Sun Oasis Tanning Center has cultivated radiant skin through light therapy and a collection of skincare products. The team members have earned certifications from the American Tanning Institute, which enables them to offer visitors five levels of UV tanning and explain how different types of light can infuse tans with red, gold, or political undertones. Each staff member also bears a certification in Norvell spray tanning, and can reveal the chemical alchemy behind a sunless glow as they airbrush on bronzer. The center stocks lotions to develop and deepen color—such as paraben-free tonics from Swedish Beauty and the aloe-enriched Love DS line from Designer Skin—as well as makeup and products for general skin maintenance. During the winter, the staff welcomes guests to the center for an extra hour five days a week in response to shorter days and homes occupied by hibernating bears.
The stylists at Violet’s Salon use Redken hair products to sculpt manes and layer or color locks. Staff members also supplement natural tresses with perms, straightening, or updos for weddings or sittings for a commemorative plate portrait. Clients can also enjoy spa services such glycolic-acid peels, Shellac manicures, and waxing.
In 1989, Glitz Salons' founder decided to open a salon with a philosophy rooted in working with others to make clients feel good. Twenty years later, the staff at Glitz Salons still mans their stations and lives out that goal. When not performing services such as haircuts and waxing, the crew at Glitz Salons gives back to its community by helping local high schools put on prom fashion shows and hosting fundraising events. A cohesive, supportive unit, the salons' stylists and aestheticians receive continuous encouragement to express their own creativity and implement innovative ideas into their workday. This freedom allows customers to reap the benefits of a staff that thinks outside the box, paints the box, then folds it into a mesmerizing mobile sculpture.
Xclusive Tan helps clients upkeep bronzed and beautified appearances with tanning treatments. Spa goers can achieve a dark glow without exposure to UV rays with Mystic spray tan booths, which use micro-spray technology to apply an even tan. RenuvaSkin booths use UV-free red lights to help stimulate collagen, strengthen elastin, and reverse the signs of aging such as wrinkles or early bedtimes. Tanning experts also help customers find the right tanning lotions for their needs.
Becky's Hair Force, located in a charming brick cottage, is a laid-back salon that's beautified clients with haircuts, perms, and special-occasion updos for more than 20 years. Whether the client wants highlights to add dimension to their hair or a mani-pedi, the staffers listen intently during consultations to ensure they create the perfect look for the client.