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.
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.
Touting an awe-inspiring allotment of awards and recognitions by popular publications, 6 Salon offers a wide range of image-garnishing services. Start your day of beauty with a contemporary haircut ($50+) and permanent hair color ($50+) guaranteed to leave even the frizziest follicular garden well tended and gopher-free. Pull a fast one on the sun with a full-body airbrush tan ($30), and feign eternal innocence with a precise eyebrow shaping ($28). Or, tame ragged cuticles by combining a spa pedicure ($50) and french manicure ($25), which can be enjoyed by digits of any nationality or level of Jerry Lewis appreciation. Regardless of the services rendered, 6 Salon's cutting-edge styling staff is on hand to gently mold your protoplasmic gifts into the height of hair and husk couture.
The savvy barbers at Goodfellows cut, sculpt, and coddle unruly coifs in a charmingly old-school environment filled with antique boxing gloves, debonair hats, and classic black-and-white photos. Rows of glossy, restored barber chairs cradle ancillary bodies as scalp streamers are skillfully snipped and clipped into topiarian symmetry. Gents can choose from a lineup of classic clipper cuts (a $15 value each), as well as custom 'dos and flattops that double as dapper dance floors for soft-shoe raindrops. Once crops are complete, steady-handed barbers smother errant neck follicles in clouds of foam from an antique hot-lather machine, then escort them smoothly away on the backs of razors. Ladies’ (a $17 value each) and tots’ trims (a $13 value each) round out the service roster, and troves of old-school toys and post-haircut lollipops distract juvenile tongues from a tempting candy-stripe barber pole.
Alex Emilio Salon, founded by friends Alex Lekocaj and Emilio Giglio in 2001, offers an inedible buffet of beautifying and body-bettering salon services. Metal-band roadies preparing to begin an accounting career can tidy up with a men's haircut ($25+), while female fugitives from justice can adjust their aliases with a haircut ($40+) and a tint ($40+). Hands hampered by too many midnight games of no-glove baseball can delight their digits with a manicure ($20+), and feet still scuffed up from last week's borderline-illegal April Fool's prank can achieve 10-toed tranquility with a spa pedicure ($50+).
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