When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
Fusion The Salon and MediSpa's stylists dress tresses with hair services for men, women, and children, as aestheticians banish unwanted bristles, age spots, and inches with help from advanced Syneron Emax Diode lasers. The salon's skilled staff cultivates fine coifs with haircuts, color services, and conditioning treatments. Visages luxuriate under age-erasing and skin-rejuvenating facials. VelaShape II treatments smooth and slim physiques, and Syneron Emax Diode lasers target unsightly strands and spotty skin?delivering notice of termination to the offending hair follicles and pigmented lesions in the form of thermal energy and a strongly worded email.
Classic and modern hairstyles abound inside Salon Retro, with stylists busy trimming, coloring, perming, and braiding hair. Away from the whirl of blow-dryers and friendly chatter, private rooms host clients during relaxing massages. The salon?s nail technicians finish off manicures with a choice of polish, and can paint on artistic designs such as polka dots or the client?s phone number in Braille.
Owner Tracy Jay draws on 30 years of experience as he leads a team of experienced stylists within Iconic Salon's spacious interior. Hair experts craft functional styles to suit each client's face shape, eye color, and skin pigment while wielding products by Sahag, Dikson, and J Beverly Hills. When they aren't working with patrons, stylists participate in shows and host in-house training sessions to help raise industry standards and show how to make a grilled cheese sandwich with a curling iron. Iconic Salon has also joined forces with About Face Beauty, giving clients the chance to obtain makeup and body treatments.
Salon Cardon owners Donetta Behen and Carrie German view their salon as a stage. Being an All Nutrient education salon, they perform custom haircuts and coloring treatments with an all-star cast of products from Moroccan Oil. Keratin Express, and Wella. Behind their sleek black styling stations topped with stone counters, stylists spotlight clients' new looks ranging from rich single-process color to creative pink and purple hues. Away from the salon floor, nail technicians audition new OPI polishes on fingers and toes or add coats of long-lasting shellac that keeps nails more chip-free than cartoon chipmunk Dale after that labrador attack.
Amid her self-named salon’s buttery-yellow walls, Quenlyn Watkins leads a staff savvy in hair, spa, and skincare services. Their specialties include: