At Beauty Mark Salon and Spa, staff members tend to hair, nails, and skin with care and expertise. Cuts, blowouts, and coloring treatments from skilled stylists help you find a whole new look without the use of funhouse mirrors. Gel polish manicures and spa pedicures, meanwhile, let you relax while techs beautify your hands and feet. And treatments such as the age-smart facial and the body exfoliant reverse signs of aging and leave skin looking fresh and radiant.
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.
At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
Classic and modern hairstyles abound inside Salon Retro, with stylists busy trimming, coloring, perming, and braiding hair. Away from the whirl of blow-dryers and friendly chatter, private rooms host clients during relaxing massages. The salon?s nail technicians finish off manicures with a choice of polish, and can paint on artistic designs such as polka dots or the client?s phone number in Braille.
Years of searching for painless and effective hair-removal technology led Dr. Granowicz to the Aesthera PPx system. At Medical Laser Aesthetics, PLLC, he and his staff prevent hair from slowly taking over bodies by using Aesthera’s noninvasive, wand-like device to flash low levels of intense pulsed light on treatment areas, causing camera-shy hairs to flee the scene. During the hair-removal process, the Aesthera PPx system soothes skin with a mist of pure water, rather than relying on aesthetic lotions or anesthetic creams. Other than whisking away unneeded bodily fleece, the center’s technicians also use the powerful device to rejuvenate damaged skin, treat acne, and chime in at Pink Floyd laser-light shows. Regardless of the aesthetic need, the practitioners at Medical Laser Aesthetics work with clients to create personalized treatment plans.
Salon Cardon owners Donetta Behen and Carrie German view their salon as a stage. Being an All Nutrient education salon, they perform custom haircuts and coloring treatments with an all-star cast of products from Moroccan Oil. Keratin Express, and Wella. Behind their sleek black styling stations topped with stone counters, stylists spotlight clients' new looks ranging from rich single-process color to creative pink and purple hues. Away from the salon floor, nail technicians audition new OPI polishes on fingers and toes or add coats of long-lasting shellac that keeps nails more chip-free than cartoon chipmunk Dale after that labrador attack.