It may seem impossible to bottle sunshine, but staff members at Wolff Tan's six locations have been aiming to do just that for more than 16 years. Besides stocking shelves with salon-quality tanning products and moisturizers, they help guests re-hue in standup and traditional UV tanning beds outfitted with onboard air showers and stereos. UV-free Mystic tanning booths coat clients in a choice of three levels of ray-free color, from a subtle glow to a gold deeper than Midas' philosophical works. During customized airbrush spray-tan sessions, technicians use handheld devices to shade and contour curves and define muscles onsite or offsite in homes or offices.
The depilation artists at Brow Art 23's boutique produce carefully sculpted eyebrows and perform precision threading and waxing services. During their signature eyebrow-threading services, the boutique's technicians wield two threads over fuzzy body surfaces to pull out fine hairs or sculpt fuzz into neat shapes quickly and effortlessly. Their arsenal of eyebrow-pampering products also includes angled eyebrow brushes, stencils, and makeup to glam up bland brows and keep new looks fresh at home. Threading can also be done on other parts of the body besides the face, leaving any area smooth or remaining hair formed into the name Denise. The boutique also offers henna tattoos and eyelash extensions, rounding out its suite of beautifying services.
Tammy Nguyen knows both business and beauty. She is a trained permanent-makeup artist, nail tech, and NovaLash eyelash extensionist who holds a business administration and marketing degree. With her eye for aesthetics and her entrepreneurial know-how, she and her husband have grown their beautifying industry into three different salon-spas, including Millennium Nail and Day Spa.
Named in the 2012 Best of Tallahassee list by Tallahassee Magazine, Millennium Nail and Day Spa creates a tranquil environment amid a spacious facility draped in chic neutral tones and plush, black leather chairs. Beneath decorative archways, guests file into the salon area, where stylists at three levels—ranked by their years of experience and ability to cut hair by summoning razor-billed auks—revamp 'dos with defrizzing Global Keratin treatments and Opti.smooth hot or cold relaxers. From four private treatment rooms, soft music fills the air as aestheticians brighten complexions with Pevonia skincare products and skin-type-specific facials. Meanwhile, massage therapists ease aches and pains using nine modalities enhanced by hot stones and bamboo sticks.
For clients awaiting their appointments, the spa keeps stacks of current magazines on hand and offers complimentary water, coffee, and soda. Those wanting more of a bite to their beverage can wander over to the spa's nail bar, where staff pour glasses of wine and beer for a small fee. Nearby, clients relax beneath an arched ceiling painted to look like the sky as technicians knead hands and feet with caviar and retinol-infused treatments before decorating nails with OPI polishes, Axxium gel, and foil nail art.
Firm believers that a healthy body and a healthy spirit are two halves of a whole, the experts at Body Wisdom imbue each of their services with a positive energy. Licensed therapists soothe stress and loosen muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages, along with TMJ therapy, which uses facial massage techniques to relax jaws stiff from chewing too much Ent jerky. An aesthetician who honed her skills at Paul Mitchell The School in Orlando uses classic combinations of steam cleansing and extractions to unclog pores in her facials, as well as high-frequency technology to help ward off wrinkles. CosMedix peels diminish blemishes with blueberry extracts and vitamin C, while a full-body peel extends the rejuvenation down to the longest toe. To complete their transformation, clients can enhance their features with brow and lash tinting and banish unwanted hair or tail feathers with waxing.
Kim Barnard knows what an intimate experience spray-tanning can be. To keep her clients feeling secure about exposing their skin and sharing personal details, the master-certified airbrush artist adheres to a strict no-gossip privacy clause in which she promises never to judge clients or divulge information about anything that goes on within Myst Me Mobile Spray Tanning's traveling tanning unit—or, as she says, "What happens in the limo bus stays in the limo bus." After traveling to her appointed location, Kim spends around 30 minutes with each client, accentuating the body’s curves, camouflaging blemishes, and colorizing spots left from stints on black-and-white movie sets with natural-looking bronzing products from Norvell, Organic Sun, and Amber Sun.
Equipped with a wealth of know-how, the pigment technicians at Tan Shadows take time with each client to educate them on optimal tanning techniques and proper skincare. Associates begin their bronzing career by achieving Smart Tan certification, a comprehensive course that covers all aspects of the science of tanning, including basic concepts, skin-pigment processes, and how to safely corral sunbeams into tanning-bed bulbs. Staff members confidently educate their customers on what products will help them to achieve their ideal tone, and whether UV-bed sessions, spray-tanning treatments, or oil paints are ideal for their hue-altering goals. Associates maintain the salon's potent tanning systems in between sessions by refreshing tanning bulbs.