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.
With more than 20 years of combined experience, the hair-loss experts at Acropolis Hair Studio have several ways of restoring thick, lustrous heads of hair. Handmade wigs crafted from human hair or high-quality synthetics wear easily on sensitive scalps to simulate flowing locks with less maintenance than wig-shop wigs, and laser therapy can tweak the skin in the scalp to revive it’s follicles. Experts tailor each treatment to the needs and desires of the client, offering a free consultation before administering any of their nonsurgical hair-restoration treatments.
The specialists at Alpha Omega Hair Design are well known for keeping abreast of the latest industry techniques through ongoing workshops and educational courses. While stylists busily clip hair, clients are led across the salon?s expansive floor to one of six private treatment rooms, where an aesthetician rejuvenates skin with exfoliating facials and chemical peels. During waxing sessions, an aesthetician swathes skin with warm wax before swiftly removing excess hair.
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.
Salon Alere’s stylists battle the unchecked growth of facial frames, using years of experience and quality products to sculpt desired results. Scissor-wielding virtuosos trim and tidy skull curtains to exact specifications while customers considering a new look for high-school reunions and mug-shot photos may opt for the KeraGreen keratin-smoothing treatment. KeraGreen contains no formaldehyde, and instead utilizes purified water, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk to leave hair straightened and unable to trigger olfactory-related memories of freshman biology. Salon Alere also imparts its wisdom with complimentary hair consultations that aid patrons in achieving salon results within their own domiciles.