The styling crew at Eleven West Salon & Spa—winner of two Best Hair Color awards from Click On Detroit—beautifies clients with advanced haircare skills kept sharp by ongoing education. Tucked away in the historic downtown Ainsworth Flour Mill building, the beauty haven couples homey accents, such as 200-year-old wooden beams, with modern amenities including a complimentary WiFi bar and free locally roasted coffee. Tan armrests sprout like wooden beanstalks from black haircutting chairs in the salon area, where three levels of stylists refresh manes with cuts and colors founded on haircare products such as Biolage. Clients indulging in spa treatments can peruse the generous list of massages, facials, and waxing services, or sidle up to a contemporary nail station where techs wait to outfit fingers and toes with OPI polish and miniature laser pointers during classic manis and Shellac pedis.
Creation Station Hair Salon doesn’t resemble your typical salon. For one, the cozy space houses just two styling stations. Bigger isn't always better, though, and the salon’s intimate size allows its stylists to lavish their clients with personal attention. They specialize in haircuts and color services for men and women, but they can also give young children a sharp look to impress their next playdate.
Sunlight pours through the large windows of Aarie Styles. Inside, the stylists are busy at their stations, beautifying men, women, and kids' locks with haircuts. They also upgrade hair with color, perms, and feather extensions—or go the opposite route and just get rid of it with waxing services.
Against the minimalist backdrop of the white-walled salon bustles the secret force responsible for the complex works of hair, makeup, and skin artistry that emerge from the shop, where a staff of beauticians spends days focused intensely on gussying up clients. Special events and seasonal treatments, such as cold-weather facials and Valentine’s Day body crystals, serve as pleasant holiday reminders, unlike ice-cream-stained letters on the mailman’s birthday. The salon’s mirrored walls also occasionally reflect glimpses of newly minted bridal parties, who flock to the studio to transmogrify tangled locks into smooth cascades of tresses that trickle gently over shoulders.
The staffers at Sugar & Spice Salon pamper clients from head to toe, styling manes with Redken products, enhancing complexions with Dermalogical salves, and soothing feet in luxurious pedicure thrones. But they also know how to have fun, welcoming little ladies into a brightly colored private treatment room outfitted with polka-dotted plush chairs and mini mani-pedi stations. Here, girls can celebrate their birthdays donning comfy spa robes and toasting to queenly updos with faux champagne.
Drew Potter respects his clients' hair as well as their health. That's why he douses scalps with all-natural products during each of his precision cuts, color treatments, and texture services. Schwarzkopf color omits all ammonia and hydrogen peroxide to guard hair against excessive drying. Certified-organic Neuma products use vegan, gluten-free ingredients, which clients always find out right before the conversation segues to lentil-soup recipes.