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.
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.
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.
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.