In 2004, all it took was four salon chairs and 900 square feet to launch Blush Salon. Within these humble confines, stylists started sculpting stylish hairdos that caught the attention of more clients, necessitating a new location, a larger staff, and a bald robot to collect the hair trimmings and fashion into a wig. Today, the staff supplement their hair makeovers with nail services, waxing, and rejuvenating facials. For the latter of these services, aestheticians address skin damage and signs of age with products from Janssen Cosmetics, an organic skincare line.
The beauty specialists at Polished Outlook's salon, spa, and boutique maintain and beautify clients' skin with custom-designed skincare treatments. To enhance each facial, they cosset clients with a soothing hot-towel treatment and a face, d?collet?, and shoulder massage. Other services include metabolism-boosting detox sessions that can help clients beautify from the inside out without eating enough protein powder to grow the heart three sizes.
Sandy Nguyen and Boo Carter, the stylists behind Luxurious Hair Studio, specialize in creative haircuts and color using Matrix SoColor products. Both women have a true passion for hair—Sandy’s professional philosophy is to treat her clients’ hair as well as if it were her own—and lots of experience. Boo alone has spent more than 15 years in the beauty industry.
When sisters Jessica Barton and Eslie Greene opened Salon Sovain, they aimed to keep the space true to its historic Chelsea home. Antique furniture, including rustic armoires at styling stations and glitzy chandeliers hanging overhead, unfurl across the space’s dark-wooden floors while windows give a view of a street lined with historic brick buildings. Of course, the sisters had to add a few modern touches. They drenched some of the walls in vibrant pink—which complements the other walls’ exposed brick—and created a white, textured reception desk with flowers. Within the classically styled salon, the duo showcases their talent, excelling at creating fashion-forward looks with chic cuts and color treatments with the aid of Redken, Wella, and Joico products. They arrange strands into elegant updos or unconventional Valentine’s Day gifts and repair years of damage with hydrating conditioning treatments. Jessica doubles as a nail expert too, tempting clients with standard or Shellac manicures topped off with OPI or CND colors.
As natural light pours through large windows in Michael Susanne Salon, so do scenes from the bustling Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Clients watch market-goers fight over the most eligible farmer outside while hair artists send dead ends floating delicately to the floor and nail technicians wield files with the care and precision of a violinist’s bow. It takes a professional hand to brandish instruments that transform appearances with such grace. Luckily, hairstylist Pam Sample has spent more than two decades in the industry. Her specialty is coloring, for which she uses Dikson Color products imported from Italy.