In the 1980s, Preston Jackson Sr. and his wife Anna had a vision to equip women from all walks of life with the tools and skills necessary for a career in cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetics. In the spirit of that inclusive philosophy, Preston and Anna didn't just open a beauty school here in the United States—they also opened the first ever beauty school in the West African nation of Togo. Two decades after that illustrious beginning, the institution known today as P&A Scholars is not just a certified beauty school, it's also a place where clients can get professional-level hair, nail, or skin treatments from supervised senior students before they graduate to work their magic in high-end salons or the wig rooms of the rich and famous.
The experienced stylists at Vina Valencia Salon & Day Spa clip away split ends, create face-framing layers, and saturate strands of hair with luxurious color. Staff work surrounded by pictures of beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that adorn fleur-de-lis wallpaper, in a space illuminated by warm hanging lights.
Laser aesthetics might seem like a recent phenomenon, but PHR Centers' staff members have been using lasers to address clients' cosmetic needs since 1981. This gives them experience far beyond what you might expect in their industry. Dr. Amy DeRosa—a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon—oversees the centers' teams of registered nurses, licensed aestheticians, and laser technicians, who work together to treat a wide range of concerns by using the latest equipment and techniques.
By focusing on nonsurgical solutions to common aesthetic issues, PHR Centers can grant clients dramatic effects without the downtime of plastic surgery or the risks of time travel. The experts call on the Palomar Vectus cosmetic laser system to eradicate unwanted hair while cooling the skin for a more comfortable experience, and use Vaser Lipolysis, SmartLipo, and radio-frequency-based Vanquish treatments to contour clients' bodies by targeting stubborn fat deposits. To achieve a more youthful appearance, Deka SmartXide DOT therapy helps improve skin tone and texture by stimulating collagen production, and Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels work to soften wrinkles and rejuvenate the complexion.
With two locations and a slate of the latest hair, skin, and waxing treatments, Glory Salon is keeping things chic in both Farmington and Livonia. Stylists combine their skills with products from Purity Design and Aquage to create updos with staying power, correct botched at-home color jobs, and smooth frizz. When they're not styling or coloring hair, the staff is likely to be found removing it from the brows, bikini area, and anywhere in-between, or fawning over complexions with cleansing and rejuvenating facials. Options include everything from microdermabrasion and oxygen-rich treatments to basic European facials, which are just like American facials, but without the mask made from eagles' tears.
At Beyond Nails, owner Sandi Tomlinson leans on her 27 years of beautifying experience to lead a duo of technicians versed in nail art and skincare. The range of beauty-enhancing services includes facials, bikini waxes, and manicures with OPI Colorgel or CND Shellac polish that lasts up to two weeks, or the time it takes a tadpole to grow into his older brother’s jeans. Emery boards rasp gently, and tenor sighs drift from heated massage chairs in Beyond Nails' new, larger location.
Light pours forth from Absolute Tan, where UV rays bronze skin and infrared beams promote a relaxed, lithe physique. Having filled their airbrushes with Norvell bronzer, tan technicians coat limbs in an even, bronze hue that dries quickly without streaks. Lotions from Designer Skin, Ed Hardy, and the organic Badger Balm line nourish the skin while speeding the tanning process by increasing skin’s moisture.