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.
Upon walking into Debbie's nail salon, guests are encouraged to kick back and relax as she beautifies hands and feet with gentle care. While patrons sink into the comfy pedicure chairs or share a self-brought snack with friends—both of which are welcomed and encouraged by Debbie—a heated footbath jiggles away stress with gentle vibrations. Debbie can target a range of specific issues with clients' phalanges, such as ingrown nails, fungus, and muscle ailments. Whether patrons stop in for aesthetic touchups, health upgrades, or a speed-reenactment of North by Northwest, they'll leave with prettily polished nails and softer, smoother skin.
Doctors at Kersey Family Care & Laser Center take a wide-angled view of health; in addition to offering primary-care services, they tackle a host of beauty concerns with a Cutera Coolglide laser. Technicians can use the versatile device to disable hair follicles during laser hair-removal treatments, or minimize the appearance of varicose and spider veins incorrectly noting SUM PIG. The same laser can also help eliminate age spots, rosacea, and fine lines for more even-toned complexions.
Mark T. Smith, a physician's assistant and the president of Weigh to Go, helps patients achieve their aesthetic goals with procedures that require little to no downtime. Along with Dr. Suzette Reyes, aesthetician Crystal Irwin, and nurse practitioner Doddie Lankford, Smith helps banish spider veins with sclerotherapy, eases the appearance of wrinkles with cosmetic injections, and uses Thermage technology to help patients sculpt svelter figures.
The stylists of Paradigm Salon & Spa believe that beautiful hair doesn’t happen by accident. That’s why they only use top-name brands such as Redken, L'Oreal, and Tigi when styling and coloring their clients’ hair. The salon specializes in both hair and nail treatments, with technicians using their keen eye and candid spy photos of your wardrobe to help select the perfect color for each manicure.
Fringes Studio Salon and Spa's staff mollifies the stresses of clients with a day of relaxation-oriented spa and salon services. During the hot-stone mani-pedi, aestheticians file and polish fingernails and toenails to lustrous gleams as hot stones alight upon feet with a rock and relaxation blend equivalent to hurling harps into a canyon. Velvety, deep-conditioned strands cascade toward shoulders like skydiving silkworms as a stylist's keen shears prune and style tresses. A meticulous eyebrow shaping caps off the aesthetic makeover by expunging stray hairs to impart congruent brow lines.