Best Spa - Gina Agosta Salon
Gina Agosta Salon, located in Novi, specializes in something called "departmentalization." That means certain sections of the salon are designated for color services, cutting and styling, or spa specialties. This gives each client the proper salon experience without the interference of other services. For example, those in spa sessions don't have to worry about a noisy blow dryer getting in the way of relaxation or ruining the calming atmosphere. The salon offers nail services, massages, top-notch makeup, waxing and other skincare such as facials. It also provides a signature rewards system for loyal clients, who can redeem earned points towards future services, products and other gifts.
Best Stylist - Jeph Wright
As the owner of Black the Salon, Jeph Wright has a serious resume under his belt. Not only was he voted in as our best stylist in 2010 and 2011, he was also named by Allure as one of the nation's top stylists in 2010. And if you know anything about beauty, you'd know that's a BIG DEAL! Wright can make all of your hair wishes come true and give you that dreamy locks you've always wanted. He's like a hair ninja with sheers instead of nunchucks. Let him have a go at your hair– the transformation will be one of pure brilliance.
Best New Salon - Salon Ten
After just opening a few months ago in August of 2012, Salon 10 North of Downtown Dearborn has quickly blossomed into a booming business. Therefore, it has been named as this year's Best New Salon. With a wonderful team made up of very talented stylists, the place specializes in the latest and greatest cuts, color and styling. Salon 10 North offers Schwarzkopf color ad styling products, as well as Moroccan Oil treatments and styling products (which work miracles on dry or damaged hair). We definitely recommend setting up an appointment or consultation with one of the stylists.
Best Beauty Shop - Ecology Beauty
Located in the very posh Birmingham, Ecology Beauty provides the best in luxury beauty products that are not only made from the finest ingredients, but also completely organic. The shop promises radiant skin and a glamorous look without any harmful side effects. Run by sisters-in-law Carra Stoller and Marla Shapiro, Ecology Beauty aims to provide a healthy alternative to any risky products sold in drug and department stores. It's no secret that natural is the way to go, so anything made without chemicals already gets five stars in our book. Products offered include bath and body, hair, lip (gloss, stick, etc.), makeup and various skin care regimes. Although this is a luxury shop, everything is still fairly affordable. Prices rarely soar above $30. In this case, beauty doesn't always have to come with a high cost. And as they say, real beauty comes naturally.
Best Cosmetic Enhancer - Dr. Michael Gray
We're pretty sure everyone in metro Detroit has heard the name "Dr. Michael Gray," whether through TV, radio or by word of mouth. And it's not just that his name is well-known - Dr. Gray's work is renowned both locally and nationally as some of the best in the business. As a guest speaker and instructor to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, we're fairly confident in saying that his talent is incomparable. He is also a member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, The American Osteopathic Association and the Michigan Osteopathic Medical Association.
Best Gym Chain - Life Time Fitness
With over 105 locations in the states and Canada, a Life Time Fitness gym can be found on nearly every corner. That's because memberships are in high-demand, and here's why - the gym chain offers program that most places don't. You can literally do anything – running, cycling, tennis, basketball, mixed combat arts, swimming and even rock-climbing at select locations. If you want a serious workout, this is the place to go. With top-notch facilities, a wide selection of equipment and excellent instructors, Life Time Fitness provides the ultimate gym experience. Sign us up!
Best Hair Removal - American Laser Skincare
After over 9,500,000 treatments performed, American Laser Skincare is the nation's leading center for hair removal, cellulite reduction and other treatments. With a promise to make clients look and feel their best, the center provides a thorough consultation to cover everything from needs, concerns, goals and lifestyle to create a customized and one-of-a-kind program to suit each person individually. Skin tightening, Botox, glycolic peels, FotoFacial, dermal fillers and body shaping are just some of the many services offered. If you want something done in terms of skincare, chances are, this place can probably provide what you desire.
Best Independent Gym - Level Fitness
Located in Shelby Township, Level Fitness has been declared as our winner of Best Independent Gym as voted on by you. The spacious and beautiful facility has over 12,000 square feet of workout space, with top-of-the-line equipment, complimentary towel service, complimentary childcare, both group and personal training, plus so much more. Group classes include yoga, spinning, Zumba and core basics. Level Fitness also provides a full café with fresh fruit smoothies and protein shakes to replenish members after hard workouts. The gym's website has a Fit Blog, discussing everything from the laws of proper dieting to side effects of certain foods. This is a gym that wants nothing but the best for members.
Best Men's Haircut - Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men
As the winner of 10 Men's Stylist Awards, Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men absolutely rocks. The stylists rock, the haircuts rock and the atmosphere is always upbeat. The chain is one of the fasting growing in the country, with over 30 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and New York ... and it hasn't even been around for a decade. That's impressive! Covered in sports memorabilia and playing great music at all times, Lady Jane's is truly a "guy's spot." Not to mention, the haircuts are extremely affordable and done just as well in comparison to many pricey salons. And of course, walk-ins are always welcome.
Best Overall Salon - Bianchi's Salon
Aside from being stunningly chic, beautiful and modern in atmosphere, Bianchi's Salon will make you look nothing short of fabulous. As a L'Oreal Professional Black Elite Salon with three locations in Clinton Township, Troy and Royal Oak, the spots are home to some of the most talented stylists in the area. Bianchi's uses the best of the best of L'Oreal Professional products, along with INOA, Aquage (one of our personal favorites for healthy, shiny hair), Bio Ionic, Sojourn and Brazilian Blowout (great for those with seemingly unmanageable locks). For skincare, SkinCeuticals, Phytomer, Jane Iredale and TIGI Cosmetics are provided. Interested in making this your go-to salon? New customers can pick up a 15% retail discount card at all locations.
Best Place to Practice Yoga - Yoga Shelter "
Yoga Shelter - the place where yoga ROCKS." The company's self-description alone is enough to make it stand out from the rest, especially because we like anything and everything that rocks. Rockin' yoga - we'll take it. Established in 2004, Yoga Shelter has six locations, five of which are in metro Detroit. One of the types of yoga offered is couples yoga - how cool is that? If you want to try a unique and healthy date at the same time, bring your significant other to a class one day. Instead of going out to dinner and eating a million calories until falling into a carb coma, burn it off and feel great afterwards. Yoga is known to increase endorphins and build a positive mindset. The studios pride themselves on having no hierarchies or level systems, creating an encouraging environment. Plus, all locations are open seven days a week. Namaste!
Best Hotel - Hilton
Hilton hotels are known for being luxurious, innovative and always hospitable towards guests. As one of the biggest hotel companies in the world, Hilton has more than 540 locations in 78 countries across six continents - whoa! In metro Detroit alone, there are 31 surrounding Hilton hotels (including Windsor). One of our favorites is the Hilton Garden Inn, located in Downtown Detroit. The chain has made a commitment towards going green, being the first to win LEED and Green Seal environmental certifications. As the company aptly states, "We're more than just a hotel - we're a global citizen." We dig that.
Best Massage - Irene's Myomassology
Myomassology may sound like a mouthful, but the concept is actually quite simple. Developed by owner and founder of the institute, Irene, the practice revolves around a holistic approach to massages. With years of experience, she utilizes her natural born gift to create an art that allows maximum healing to occur. Irene's program teaches students the necessary skills to tailor to each client uniquely, resulting in the ultimate massage. Seriously, a myomassology massage is like THE massage of all massages. Find them at 26061 Franklin Rd., Southfield.
Best Eyebrow Artist - Barb Deyo
Barb Deyo is a household name in the world of cosmetology. After being published in national magazines such as Rolling Stone, People and Seventeen and working for NBC, CBS, TNT and BET (amongst many others), one can safely say she's made it far in the business. As if the media appearances aren't enough to build up her resume, she has also worked with countless celebrities including Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Dennis Quaid and Kerrie Washington. That is seriously impressive! Even more impressive are her eyebrow shaping skills. Deyo can easily create that flawless, perfect arch that many ladies yearn for.
Best Tanning Salon - Chili Peppers
With 15 locations all over Metro Detroit, Chili Peppers Tanning makes us think one thing when we hear the name - HOT! And hot they are, making clients bronzed and dark as if they just came home from a week frolicking the beaches of the Caribbean. Chili Peppers has the hottest bulbs and hottest deals, promising to beat out any competitive price by $2. As the company states on their website, "We will not be undersold." All tanning beds are UV-Free, and Mystic Tan is also offered as an alternative for those who don't want to get under the bulb.
Best Shampoo Massage - Dye Hair Salon
"If you don't look good, we don't look good!" Dye Hair Salon, we really love your motto, a lot. And we know you seriously mean it, because clients leave feeling glamorous and looking fabulous. That's everyone's dream salon experience, right? With nothing but rave reviews, the place is recognized as one of the best in metro Detroit... and they give excellent shampoo massages. Clientele are offered a selection of hairdressers to choose from- new stylists, artists, masters and even the owner, each with a different starting price range. Basic services are available, along with extensions, dreadlocks and Keratin treatment upon consultation.