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 & Spa, where Board Certified General Surgeons Dr. William Huettner, Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji and staff turn back the clock with advanced plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments. Specializing in reconstruction and body contouring, Dr. Huettner and Dr. Katranji draw from many options when sculpting a new figure, reshaping bodies with liposuction, breast augmentation and contouring treatments. The physician team and their 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 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.
The blow-dry bar at Salon Karma wrangles thick, long, curly, and straight hair into silky-smooth finishes using nothing more than water, shampoo, a blow-dryer, and a brush. The staff also works with any hair type during cuts and coloring treatments and offers nailcare and tanning services. In addition, they take their show on the road with on-set hairstyling for films, photo shoots, and trendy magazines.
The staff at Massage Worx engages in tension declension, breaking down stress with everything from easy-going reflexology to hard-hitting deep-tissue massage. In addition to eradicating stress during 30- and 60-minute massages, the professional therapists eliminate the attendant troubles of setting up an appointment with handy online scheduling.
A certified massage therapist helms CitySpa Massage & Bodywork, customizing treatments to each and every clients' individual needs. Swedish massage, denoted by its light to medium pressure and long, fluid strokes, can purge tension and stress from muscles. CitySpa offers a myriad techniques such as positional release, trigger-point therapy, or deep-pressure massage, each perfect for dissipating specific bodily aches. Body wraps and facials fortified with Cures by Avancé products heighten relaxation even more, but not quite as much as the spa's pampering packages, which include a massage and a facial.