Family-owned Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio—open since 1968—proffers its own high-quality line of cosmetics, which includes all manner of makeup and skincare products. During makeovers, makeup artists gussy up faces, matching colors to clients’ skin tones and Ninja Turtle mask, and cut and color hair into alluring new dos. During manicures and pedicures, techs lavish nails with OPI color in an open contemporary setting of gray, brown, and maple tones and white stainless steel. Shoppers get a chance to try out products, many of which are made in the United States, before they take the financial plunge.
When stylist Kristen Jones joined the team at Changes Hair Design, her enthusiasm for her work was palpable. "Keeping my clients looking effortlessly amazing is my goal,” she says. Educating clients on at-home maintenance is also a priority for the six-year veteran stylist—she’s always happy to give styling tips or product recommendations for keeping hair healthy and out of the jam jar.
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 Nouvage Salon, owner Charbel Massoud and his team of beauty experts nurture hair with cuts, styling, and highlights and revitalize nails with soothing manicures and pedicures. Streaks of color add technicolor flair to monochromatic 'dos and straightening irons smooth out locks much more effectively than yesteryear's iron mallets and ceramic anvils. During mani-pedis, Nouvage's technicians brighten digits with the vibrant hues of glossy OPI polish.
The Douglas J Aveda Institute is a beauty school that will smooth and soothe whatever section of your surface area aches for tending, from your freshly sore Olive Oyl tattoo to the love-bite scars from your pet gull. During your session, the institute’s future superstar stylists and cosmetologists will tend to you with incredible detail while using Aveda's plant-based, bio-safe products. A botanical hair and scalp therapy douses sun-dried follicles with a deep moisturizing and strengthening hair and scalp treatment, followed by a scalp and neck massage, shampoo, and blow-dry ($37+). Otherwise, put your best face forward with an elemental nature self-renewal facial ($37 for 60 minutes, $42 for 90 minutes) or a makeup application ($22). Pamper your handy arm paddles and toe holsters with an elemental nature manicure ($24) and pedicure ($35). Maintain the grounds of your scalp lawn with a haircut and thermal style ($34), and pull weeds from facial areas with a waxing ($11–$60+).
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.
Voted the best tanning salon in the Lansing area by readers of Lansing City Pulse in 2011 and 2012, Tanzmania Tanning bestows glows in a variety of ways. Level I tanning bed sessions blend UVA and UVB light to build base color while Level II enlist elevated levels of UVA as well as increased power to deliver a bronzer look. High pressure tanning beds amp up 15,000 watts per side, whereas spray tans that offer clients a UV-free tanning alternative.