Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body and Soul

Spring is here and it is time to whip more than your home into shape. The pandemic has forced a full year of lockdown and some spring cleaning is definitely in order. But don’t stop there – also tune up your mind and body. Whether it is a new wardrobe, a fresh mani and pedi or hitting the gym, getting back on track for warmer weather is sure to get even the stormiest mood in the spring spirit.


For those looking to get into shape and lose those extra quarantine pounds, G.I.V.E. Fitness located near Mt. Elliott Park in Downtown Detroit is a Black-owned gym that specializes in more than just hitting the weights. With nutrition counseling, personal training and group classes, fitness goals are right around the corner. With an additional location in Ferndale, summer bodies are being created just in time for COVID restrictions to be lifted.


For a more relaxing experience, facials can help restore your skin’s natural glow found. Skinphorea Facial Bar in Royal Oak offers facials, skincare and laser hair removal for everything from legs to those more sensitive spaces. Whether you’re serviced on the main floor or whisked away to a private space for treatments, patrons will leave with a sun-kissed glow ready to rival the spring sun.


How about a sweet treat? No, not chocolate, but sugar. Yes, sugar! If laser hair removal seems out of reach, consider using sugar for the next wax job. The Sugar Parlor in Berkley is Metro Detroit’s first sugaring hair removal studio. With a homemade sugar recipe, guests will be able to enjoy a smooth hairless experience. Sugaring everything from facial hair to leg hair, the team at The Sugar Parlor are all licensed and offer an array of services to fit any grooming need.


Manicures and pedicures are a warm weather must-have. However, finding a trusted shop post-pandemic can prove to be a daunting task. Head to Toe Nail Salon on the west side of Detroit on Joy Road is a one-stop shop for all your nail needs. You can get glam nails, treasure or ombré sets, making your nails the talk of the town. Also offering lash and eyebrow services, Head to Toe Nail Salon can complete the entire look for spring.


Hair salons have also been shuttered because of the pandemic. While many ladies have had to spend almost a year slaying their own styles, professionals can now step in and care for hair. The Living Room Hair Lounge hosts a team of Black women stylists ready to help all hair textures. Located in Ferndale, the Hair Lounge offers services for every beauty queen from short pixie cuts to long flowing tresses. For those looking to become a stylist, perfect their craft or learn to do more with their own hair, classes are also available to teach you how to achieve those picture-perfect hairstyles.


Looking to find some zen? The past year has been stressful and unpredictable to say the least. To find your inner chi and balance, Essential Hot Yoga located on Livernois between Outer Drive and 8 Mile Road on the city’s west side, offers private and semi-private classes. Instructors will guide you through the different poses while in a balmy room set to keep temperatures high. Instructors are certified bikram teachers and offer 90-minute sessions and 26/2 classes.


There is possibly nothing better than closing the pandemic out with a massage. With all the stress of the past year, a massage could be just what the doctor ordered. Loose Massage Therapy Plus offers sessions for 30 minutes, one hour, 90 minute or two hours to help relax muscles and ease tension. The massage parlor also offers group massages, first-time customer discounts and even lunch break session that’ll add an extra pep to the work day.


Using these Black-owned businesses coming out of quarantine will be a smooth transition into the warmer weather. Get ready to spring back into action while looking and feeling your absolute best.

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