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.
No two treatments at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics are quite alike. The experienced aestheticians and skin specialist know just how to customize a facial or chemical peel for a client's specific set of issues, from wrinkles to acne to melasma (dark patches of skin). The team of nurses can also administer injectables like Botox, perhaps during a private party at the spa.
Other treatments work together to deliver results. Microdermabrasion, for example, can combine with a peel to fight signs of aging and give pores a message that says "we're watching you." The center also touts the benefits of Advanced Dermapen Collagen Induction, which relies on tiny needles to help stimulate collagen production across the body.
Fusion The Salon's stylists dress tresses with hair services for men, women, and children, as aestheticians banish unwanted bristles, age spots, and inches with help from advanced Syneron Emax Diode lasers. The salon's skilled staff cultivates fine coifs with haircuts, color services, and conditioning treatments. Visages luxuriate under age-erasing and skin-rejuvenating facials. VelaShape II treatments smooth and slim physiques, and Syneron Emax Diode lasers target unsightly strands and spotty skin—delivering notice of termination to the offending hair follicles and pigmented lesions in the form of thermal energy and a strongly worded email.
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.
Touting an awe-inspiring allotment of awards and recognitions by popular publications, 6 Salon offers a wide range of image-garnishing services. Start your day of beauty with a contemporary haircut ($50+) and permanent hair color ($50+) guaranteed to leave even the frizziest follicular garden well tended and gopher-free. Pull a fast one on the sun with a full-body airbrush tan ($30), and feign eternal innocence with a precise eyebrow shaping ($28). Or, tame ragged cuticles by combining a spa pedicure ($50) and french manicure ($25), which can be enjoyed by digits of any nationality or level of Jerry Lewis appreciation. Regardless of the services rendered, 6 Salon's cutting-edge styling staff is on hand to gently mold your protoplasmic gifts into the height of hair and husk couture.
The savvy barbers at Goodfellows cut, sculpt, and coddle unruly coifs in a charmingly old-school environment filled with antique boxing gloves, debonair hats, and classic black-and-white photos. Rows of glossy, restored barber chairs cradle ancillary bodies as scalp streamers are skillfully snipped and clipped into topiarian symmetry. Gents can choose from a lineup of classic clipper cuts (a $15 value each), as well as custom 'dos and flattops that double as dapper dance floors for soft-shoe raindrops. Once crops are complete, steady-handed barbers smother errant neck follicles in clouds of foam from an antique hot-lather machine, then escort them smoothly away on the backs of razors. Ladies’ (a $17 value each) and tots’ trims (a $13 value each) round out the service roster, and troves of old-school toys and post-haircut lollipops distract juvenile tongues from a tempting candy-stripe barber pole.