With more than 10 years of body-beautifying experience, Courtney's Place Salon’s Courtney Bradley leads her fellow stylists into battle against errant flyaways and sneaky stressors. During the Girls’ Night Out spa package, hair tamers shape mopey mops into flattering ‘dos, nail specialists file away ragged edges and slather talons in chromatic shades from OPI and Essie, and makeup artists prep features for nights on the town or mornings at kabuki auditions.
As the owner of Bridge Street Hair Company, Lindsey Buckner doesn’t just sit back and let her staff have all the fun. A stylist in her own right, Buckner cuts, colors, and treats strands alongside a skilled team who also keeps busy with facials, massages, and nail treatments. To aid in these treatments and transform salon capes into impromptu slip ’n’ slides, they stock a range of products from top brands such as Bed Head, Dermalogica, Redken, and OPI.
For the past 30 years, Another Look Hair Institute’s scalp experts have been rejuvenating thinning manes and receding hairlines with a range of preventive measures and synthetic hair restoration. The crux of their regimen is the synthetic Cyberhair, a fiber that mimics the texture, appearance, and styling properties of human hair. The Micro Point Link process ties four of these Cyberhair strands to your existing individual hairs, creating the appearance of a full head of hair by adding up to 600 additional strands. The team also helps mitigate hair loss naturally with their Hair Support program, which cleanses clogged follicles to encourage new growth.
Lansing City Salon’s style-savvy staff of scissor wielders sculpts fading face frames into accentuating coifs, employing fashions both classic and contemporary. Surrender locks to the snipping prowess of an expert tress tamer with a cut and style for women ($29) and men ($23), or edit Mother Nature's palette selections with a coloring ($45 for women, $15 for men) or partial highlight ($40).
Over the course of a two-hour appointment, Andrea Loveless of The Head Room Salon trims, hydrates, and lightens feminine manes with artillery from high-end brands such as Aveda, Redken, and Enjoy. Clients sip on complimentary beverages as Andrea susses out their likes and dislikes, current haircare regimen, and favorite congressional hairstyle during an initial consultation. Armed with a patron-approved plan of action, the skilled stylist shapes and sculpts head threads into a comely configuration, and douses strands in a soothing deep-conditioning treatment to leave locks hydrated and silky smooth. Finally, partial highlights dress tresses in a sun-kissed glow without the hassle of taking Apollo on a dinner date. Andrea doles out her mane-maintenance services within the chic confines of The Head Room Salon, located in a modern rehabilitated space equipped with distressed hardwood floors, sleek counters, and foot rests at every shampoo bowl and dryer chair.
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.