A stroll through La Rouge Spalon & Boutique is a promenade back in time. In the waiting room, a cherry-red leather sofa and black shelves inspire modernity; in another room, the proprietors channel the 1950s with striped walls and checkered floors. In a separate makeup room, six round palettes of foundation and eye shadow rise up from a table like the drum set of a 1980s hair band from the stage. This diverse variety of styles characterizes La Rouge Spalon, which embraces the changing times with sleek cuts and bold color highlights tailored to client preference. Healing wraps and infrared sauna sessions help detoxify the body while promoting relaxation and weight loss. Clients may also solicit La Rouge for a chip-resistant Shellac manicure, or nix unwanted hair from upper lips with a private waxing session.
Cosmetologist Gina Jones is the owner of Gina's Hair Villa Salon, where she and her experienced manicurists offer nail and hair services. Using products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken, Gina expertly matches hair colors to skin tones. Meanwhile, Shellac, gel, and odor-free acrylic nail polishes coat fingers and toes.
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.
Rusty Bittle had the good fortune to visit a number of the world's most luxurious resorts and spas. After one trip, he decided he wanted a similar experience closer to home. And so, after discovering that most resorts would not fit in his suitcase, he founded Pure Luxe Salon, Spa and MedSpa
and designed it with those world-class spas in mind.
Today, his 9,000 square-foot facility glitters with polished marble, chrome lighting fixtures, and cascading waterfalls, and guests often note the scent of dark chocolate and fresh flowers that hangs in the air. The staff includes nearly 30 aestheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists, and registered nurses, and there's even a medical director on hand. This diverse team allows Pure Luxe to offer a similarly diverse array of treatments, which range from laser hair removal and skin resurfacing to soothing facials and massages.
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.
Wonder Wrap’s technician Susie comes to customers with a guarantee that during one body-wrap session they will lose at least six inches from their frames; if not, she’ll give them a second session for free. She applies the body-slimming pads to the entire body, placing an extra emphasis on any troublesome areas. The procedure not only helps clients slim down, but also softens the appearance of cellulite by tightening skin. Alongside Wonder Wrap’s headlining service, the facility also provides detoxifying footbaths and houses a soothing infrared sauna.