The skincare experts at Alexandra Vincent Esthetics customize each of their facials to deliver specific complexion-improving results. Whether their goal is to fight acne, wrinkles, or a permanently affixed Halloween mask, the aestheticians work closely with each client to assemble the right products for the treatment. Men's and women's waxing services leave legs, chests, and bikini zones smooth for weeks, and makeup applications ready brides for their big day.
The daring design duo of Michael Byzewski and Dan Ibarra creates meticulous screen-printed posters. Utilizing their mastery of the three key senses—sight, touch and paper-cut evasion—the crafty companions fabricate award-winning designs that garner attention from publications such as Rolling Stone and Print magazine. Their mutual appreciation of music and design has propelled their poster-making prowess and allowed them the opportunity to create posters for acts such as Josh Ritter ($10+), The Decemberists ($30), and The Dead Weather ($25+). Supply dull walls with interesting conversation points with a poster from Surlyfest 2010 ($20) or the Fifth Annual No Coast Craft-O-Rama ($20), or show affection for the second dimension with a Flatstock 12 poster ($20).
The licensed medical aestheticians at Troy Laser Center use VelaShape treatments to noninvasively subdue insurgent cellulite in the client's choice of body area, such as the abdomen, the buttocks, both hips, or the front or the back of the upper legs. The FDA-cleared VelaShape device harnesses the power of bipolar radiofrequency, infrared light energy, a vacuum, and mechanical massage to stimulate lymphatic drainage and restore sleekness to the dimply dermis. Over the course of three 30-minute treatments, Troy's friendly technicians reduce the circumference of the chosen area, carefully melting away undesirable cellulite and excess fat until the skin surface is smooth enough to perform backup vocals for Steely Dan. With no downtime, many clients compare the VelaShape treatment to a warm massage. A one-time fee of $451 will grant Groupon holders an upgrade to a package of six VelaShape treatments to be used on the same body area.
With four levels of UV tanning beds, three shades of airbrush tanning, in-booth teeth whitening, and anti-aging red-light therapy, Maui Tan is a one-stop shop for pre-beach beautification. UV beds do double duty when customers opt for teeth whitening; the stain-shooing formula is activated by the tanning bulbs' heat and light, which also attract moth-like tooth fairies for touchups. Antioxidant-rich, UV-free tanning elixir is layered onto skin by a human technician instead of a one-size-fits-all booth, helping to create a custom, natural look. Red-light therapy harnesses infrared beams designed to increase circulation, repair damaged skin, reduce joint pain, and smooth uneven pigmentation.
In the lobby, bright green leaves arc out of vases to visually pop against red walls, creating vibrant color contrast amid mod leather chairs. The spa is open seven days a week.
Amid rose- and evergreen-hued décor, aesthetician Tracy Winn supervises five specialty facials, each of which addresses a different skincare concern, using all-natural products. One treatment focuses on moisturizing dry skin, and others reduce the appearance of age spots or acne. The carefully calibrated glycolic-acid or pumpkin-extract solutions of the chemical peels lift away dead skin to reveal younger cells playing Red Rover underneath. Victorian-style lamps and an oversize clock face give the lobby a sense of vintage charm, and shelves support glass curiosities in private treatment rooms.
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.
Tan 4 Life's clean, private rooms boast four levels of tanning beds, allowing patrons to fine-tune their tones to anywhere from sun-kissed to deep bronze in quick, 10-minute sessions. For the UV-averse, the automated VersaSpa booth glazes bodies in a choice of three shades, which cling to frames and paint swatches for up to 10 days.