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 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.
Lindsay Joy makes sure her manicures and pedicures don?t just look good, but also last a long time. The nail technician clips, files, and buffs keratin sheets before covering them in a special shellac polish that protects nails against chips and scratches. Clients with too-short or unsightly fingernails can have Lindsay cover them with acrylics that serve as a new and durable canvas for coats of nail polish. The manicure and pedicures inside Salon Savvy pamper clients along with haircuts, coloring services, and facials.
A franchise dedicated to efficiently transforming bodies from pale to golden, J2 Tanning has experienced its own swift evolution. In its first three years, the business blossomed from a single salon to a seven-location tanning institution that serves the entire Lansing area. Their run of success is no surprise. The salons go out of their way to foster client comfort, with private treatment rooms, spray deodorant, washcloths, and hotel-like amenities. Their stable of tanning beds offers four different levels of intensity, so guests can tailor their UV experience to suit their complexion. Certified spray-tan technicians can custom apply a bronze glow in eight-minute sessions, allowing clients to adopt a golden hue before hitting the beach or sneaking into King Midas?s house.
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.