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.
Dr. Li Coger of Michigan Acu Clinic anchors a full team of licensed acupuncture physicians, each backed by a minimum of 10 years of experience in Eastern medicine. In addition to completing acupuncture certification, the clinic's massage therapists have all kneaded their way through 650 hours of bodywork-therapy training and pilot school. The highly qualified staff passes on its expertise and retro medical coats to the next generation of healers through an education program authorized by the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. Michigan Acu Clinic also provides clinical internships for the Chinese Acupressure Massage School in Ypsilanti.
Under the expertise of owner and board-certified aesthetician Nancy Young, skincare professionals at dbts Skin Bar-Corporate use zone-by-zone facial mapping to create custom skin therapy. With high-end Dermalogica products in tow, staffers fight a variety of dermal foes, including acne blemishes, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scars in the shape of ATM PINs. Using a blend of antioxidants, glycolic acids, and fruit acids, treatments such as advanced rejuvenating chemical peels strip away the exterior layer of skin to promote collagen production and unearth healthier new skin. Other skin-therapy treatments diminish hyperpigmentation or slow the process of aging. Not only do the specialty treatments leave skin smoother, but the light-based hair-removal services contribute to a sleeker façade.
Inside the earth-toned sanctuary of Soothing Spirit Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Kyisha Gilyard customizes bodywork each individual needs. Aromatherapeutic zephyrs fly into noses on oiled wings as massages commence with circulation-inducing Swedish strokes, which incorporates rolling, kneading, and percussive movements. Deep-tissue methods apply strategic pressure to reach deeper layers of muscle and well-hidden knots, with a focus on regions that are particularly sore or stiff. Kyisha also uses smooth, warmed stones to deliver muscle-penetrating waves that iron out muscular stress with the skill of Mary Poppins.
A salon and day spa, Belleza Spa & Tanning invites its guests to take a load off, grab a glass of complimentary wine, and relax. Its slate of classic services includes hair maintenance such as highlights, perms, and updos. Meanwhile, facials revitalize faces—or arms, if that's your thing—as hot waxes remove unwanted hair. Additionally, the salon offers children's princess parties, complete with rooms, punch, and pizza.
Tristin Resinger, the certified massage therapist and licensed aesthetician at Akua Esthetics & Bodywork, tailors spa sessions to customers' needs, from varying massage pressure to changing the room temperature and type of music playing. During the facial, the aesthetician peers deep into head canvases to help determine skincare goals, such as pores' New Year's resolutions to reduce their size. Gentle hands then wield products from either the PCA Skin or Phytomer lines to remove makeup and deeply cleanse the skin. An exfoliation, steam, and extractions oust renegade gunk from crevices and a facial massage eases tense cheek muscles. After a custom treatment mask and replenishing moisturizer, faces emerge refreshed and less likely to scowl at serene, reflective puddles.
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