After moving from Ft. Lauderdale, Tina Cusano opened Olympia Salon and began using her styling skills for the good of hairdos everywhere. Her salon's cosmetic-service list contains treatments that target areas across the body. Tina and her team provide haircuts for men and women, and dole out waxing and manicure treatments for clients with unwanted nail hair.
Some nail techs draw dots and stripes on their clients' nails and call that art. Not so with Combs Salon's nail artist Dixie. The dots she draws might actually be the seeds on a slice of watermelon; the stripes the curving patterns on a monarch butterfly's wing.?She has even been known to decorate nails with My Little Pony characters, sports team logos, and comic book characters.
Dixie discovered her passion for pretty nails when she was a child and would paint her mom's nails. But she convinced herself that her dream was working with computers and making sure they didn't become sentient. As a result, she worked for a help desk for three years. While she manned the phones, she would paint her nails to pass the time. Dixie quickly realized that she needed to be in a more creative career, so she enrolled in beauty school and discovered her passion for beautiful nails.
Gleaming silver scissors flit beneath shelves brimming with bottles of Coppola Keratin formula and Rusk color products on the lavender and sky-blue walls inside Bebe Salon. Drawing upon more elixirs from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Kenra, stylists leave locks beautiful for fashion shoots or hours spent stuck in the revolving door at a popular tourist attraction. Hands wrap around complimentary mugs of coffee and soda at the salon, and hushed sighs fill the air as patrons sit for pedicures or prepare for hot-stone massages.
Curl Up and Dye Hair Salons offers high-end haircare and specialization in lively, personalized service, honed over 15 years of practiced shearsmanship. A comprehensive hair-maintenance menu combines color, conditioning, and smoothing treatments with waxing services, eyelash extensions, and nailcare, making the salon a one-stop shop for corporeal and follicular rejuvenation.
At The Glam Specialist, aesthetician Jaxsen Jackson treats nails to pruning and polishing services and transforms tresses with precision cuts and color. Everything from Shellac nail polishes to acrylic extensions adds flair to fingertips, and hair treatments such as highlights enliven manes with vibrant waterfalls of color akin to daredevils riding down Niagara Falls in barrels of yellow paint.
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.