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.
The centuries-long search for the Fountain of Youth ends at Aurora Aesthetic Surgery, where Dr. William Huettner and his staff turn back the clock with advanced plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments. Specializing in reconstruction and body contouring, Dr. Huettner draws from many options when sculpting a new figure, reshaping bodies with liposuction, breast augmentation and contouring treatments. He and his trained technicians can also smooth out facial wrinkles with Juvederm injections, erase fine lines with non-invasive GentleMax lasers, and eliminate sun damage with rejuvenating pulses from their new CORE co2 laser.
Voted the best tanning salon in the Lansing area by readers of Lansing City Pulse in 2011 and 2012, Tanzmania Tanning bestows glows in a variety of ways. Level I tanning bed sessions blend UVA and UVB light to build base color while Level II enlist elevated levels of UVA as well as increased power to deliver a bronzer look. High pressure tanning beds amp up 15,000 watts per side, whereas spray tans that offer clients a UV-free tanning alternative.
Handworks Massage LLC owner and certified massage therapist Scott Stearns administers purposeful bodywork customized to help assuage physical and emotional stress or advance injury recovery. His 60-minute massages may incorporate multiple modalities to coax knotted muscles and bunched connective tissues into relaxing, being more flexible, and resuming their at-ease position. During the treatment, interactive discussion gives clients insight into Scott’s holistic techniques and efforts to ease the body-wide taxation from activities such as sports training, professional labor, and giving a piggyback ride to an adorable five-year-old SUV. Sessions forgo the scented candles and heavy oil bastings of traditional spas in favor of an athletically inspired space, with massagee-chosen tunes, sparing applications of organic jojoba oil, and a table topped with an ergonomic bodyCushion for cloud-like comfort.
Specializing in tinting tresses with rich waves of hues and highlights, Twisted Scissors employs Redken hair products and services to meet the ’do designing demands of its clientele in bold, bright strokes. Stylists train under expert hairdressers from New York City's The Redken Exchange and Santa Monica's Goldwell Academy to culpably combine color know-how with crafty cutting abilities. Each women's shearing begins with a short style consultation, before head threads are trimmed, dried, and styled. Men curtail massive mane migrations with a wash, cut, and style to settle strands and clearly delineate back, head, and neck follicle communities. Advance appointments required.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Juan Medina's commitment to comfort adds a personal touch to MiStar Massage, which he named after his daughters, Miya and Starla. As a military veteran, Medina approaches healing with compassion and diligence, personally consulting with clients to identify their individual treatment goals before kneading muscles with fully body, clinical, and trigger point massages. The private treatment room at MiStar exudes a vibrant personality, with bold crimson walls bedecked with a Spanish guitar, Russian nesting dolls, and other multicultural artwork. To personalize each treatment, Medina encourages guests to bring their own iPod or organ grinder monkey along to play their preferred music.