The Crème Brûlée salon aims to offer a barrier-free spa getaway

Katrina Wilson poses in the Crème Brûlée salon in Detroit. She says it was her determination that got her here – after receiving 23 nos from lenders and after the show’s opening was delayed for a year by the pandemic

A luxury beauty affair came to Detroit. 33-year-old entrepreneur Katrina Wilson describes Crème Brûlée, her new, full-service, multicultural salon in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.

It was a wasted spa day in Los Angeles in 2014 that sparked the idea for Crème Brûlée. Wilson and each of her friends had to go to separate salons to get the proper care for their different hair textures.

“I just wanted to go out and have a girls spa day. And it was almost impossible because I had so many friends of different races and ethnicities, and we couldn’t go to the same place, ”Wilson says. “I was like, ‘You know what? I want to create a space that can serve women or any individual without distinction of race, ethnicity or gender preference. I want to create a space where you can go with all your friends, have a good time and not feel like you need to be apart. ‘ “

The $ 800,000 lounge, nestled inside the mixed-use development of the Baltimore Station platform on Woodward, was made possible in part by grants from Motor City Match, Midtown Detroit, Inc., Michigan Women Forward and others.

Crème Brûlée is truly a one-stop shop. Customers can choose from a wide selection of hair services including brushings, colorings and cuts, extensions, hair strengthening treatments and bridal hairstyles. Manicure and makeup services are available, and the spa menu includes facials, massages, eyelash extensions, waxing, and laser hair removal. Premium cocktails will be available and a selfie station is there for people to take their best photos. And get this – there is a designated area for celebrity clientele and a secret entrance to let them in discreetly.

And it’s even better. Crème Brûlée also serves as an event space for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and other special occasions – and the salon itself is only one of three levels. Above the living room, Wilson uses one of the Baltimore Station apartments as an elegantly decorated Airbnb, open to everyone, not just Crème Brûlée guests. In the basement, there is the Beauty Lounge, a space for rent to relax, enjoy free drinks and play games.

Wilson’s journey in the beauty industry began at the age of 13 when she started styling people at her grandmother’s house. The Detroit native graduated from high school and graduated in cosmetology at the age of 16. A few years after graduating from college, she completed another rigorous cosmetology program at Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, where she says she learned how to take care of different hair textures. For the past decade, Wilson has traveled the country as a celebrity stylist, working with artists such as singer Rita Ora and rapper 2 Chainz, and on the sets of TV shows including The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Nashville.

As a nearly 10-year-old dream finally comes true, Wilson says achievement is more than making money; it’s about creating a cultural hub, bringing a luxury experience to Detroit, and opening the doors of the beauty industry to others.

“These are the ones coming up behind me,” she said. “I want them to feel that no matter what region you are from, whatever your lifestyle, you can do whatever you want.”

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This story is featured in the August 2021 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.

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