In 2000, licensed aesthetician Jennifer Friess graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, a beauty academy that served as her introduction to the wide world of spa treatments. She spent the next decade honing her skills in salons and spas, and her love for the profession grew in tandem with her profile. As Jennifer’s reputation continued to expand, it began to make sense for her to open her own studio space—a luxury that would allow her a measure of the freedom she was unable to enjoy while working for others.
Jennifer has achieved that freedom at Simply Bliss Spa and Esthetique, where she lavishes her regular clients with the kind of personal attention they deserve. Jennifer's spa services tend to focus on the skin, so waxing, facials, and Halloween mask removal are featured prominently on her spa’s menu. In addition to these treatments, she has been known to untie muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages.
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.
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.
Most of the stylists at Cutters Point East have at least a decade of experience, with several serving more than 20 years in the business. They draw on their years of knowledge to craft classic and modern hairstyles fit any age or gender. Many of the hairstylists serve double duty as aestheticians and manicurists. They wax off unwanted facial and body hair, perform cleansing facials, and coat nails in pretty colors. Manicures can finish with a coat of Shellac polish, available in 12 different colors that dry quickly and prevent chips for up to 14 days or, if fingers are cryogenically frozen, forever.
High-tech tanning equipment and an amiable and knowledgeable staff greet clients at VIP Tanning, a go-to indoor-tanning emporium in business more than 20 years. Here, customers can refill their vitamin D reserves from UV beds or standup booths, or bask in a nonstreaking, UV-free sunless tan from the Mystic Tan system.