Behind the pink curtains that accent Salon Miracles’ storefront windows, proprietor Judy Moon has created a tranquil haven for beauty and spa services. Stylists perform haircuts, color, and texturing treatments as aestheticians manicure fingers and toes, wax away unwanted body hair, and administer high-tech anti-aging treatments and reviving facials. In addition to her work at Salon Miracles, Judy offers spiritual readings and organizes open-mic nights at her adjacent business, Angel Moon Café. Judy also creates handmade angel and cross jewelry.
You might call Primpt & Polished Hair and Nail Boutique the "Cheers" of salons. The trio of owners––who have a combined 30 years of salon experience amongst them––strive to make their boutique the type of place where "everybody knows your name", combining small-salon charm with large-salon professionalism. That winning combination also translates to their use of products––brands like OPI and Schwarzkopf mingle with custom lotions and potions blended in-house. Inside the relaxed and welcoming space, staff exchange friendly chatter and swap chili recipes with clients as they color hair, thread eyebrows, and polish nails with long-lasting Shellac. And, for special occasions, they even doll up customers with specialty treatments such as eyelash extensions, makeup, and Balayage highlights.
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.
At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
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.