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.
GroupFit Studio’s owner Sherman Rosier is an NSCA-certified personal trainer, NSTA-certified running coach, certified nutrition specialist, and holds a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. But no matter how advanced the accreditation he receives, he does not lose sight of the most basic tenant of exercise: whatever workouts you choose, have fun doing them. He tailors his classes to meet this requirement: his GroupFit90 classes work the entire body with lively tandem exercises aided by Bosu balls and resistance bands, and his DanceTance workouts fuel dance-based workouts with energetic funk, Latin, and hip-hop music. Exercisers who need an extra shot of oomph can also meet for a nutritional-coaching session, which provides a clearer insight into workout-friendly munching than spying on Sylvester Stallone while he shops for groceries.
A haircut isn't just a haircut at Chelsea Salon. That's because every time you stop by for a cut, you also receive a stress-relieving scalp massage, an invigorating shampoo, and a lesson on how to style your hair, meaning you'll never have to stick your head in a salad spinner just to achieve that messy-but-dressy look. Such luxury has been the driving force behind Chelsea for more than 30 years. Inside this Aveda Lifestyle Spa and Salon, a roster of more than 50 professionals?tends to hair, nails, makeup, and even sore muscles with massages. Talented staff members aside, Chelsea has remained a staple of the Tallahassee beauty scene for so long by emphasizing education. That's why it provides its team members with in-house training and Aveda Advanced seminars, keeping them on the cutting edge of fashion and spa treatments.
Complete Nutrition recognizes that dietary supplements fill only one realm of a healthy lifestyle, so the team also emphasizes hydration, exercise, and a balanced diet. To help clients achieve such well-rounded wellness, the stores employ certified personal trainers and strength coaches, who educate customers while simultaneously showing them how to flex the bridge of their nose.
The brains behind Complete Nutrition collaborate with nutritionists and healthcare providers to formulate new proprietary supplements for their shelves. In addition to designing products that can help patrons lose weight, build muscle, or increase their energy, the teams also figure out how to combine complementary supplements into specialized kits, which compound the effects of individual products.
At Impressions by Trena, owner Trena Giddens and her team dole out haircare, nailcare, and skincare tips and treatments. Stylists expertly cut, color, and style various tress types and are sure to customize each service. For example, they use DevaCurl products to tend to ringlets, Pravana Perfection's SmoothOut treatment to leave frizzy locks smooth and silky, and Pureology products to preserve color-treated hair. Massage therapists are happy to help clients determine which massage modality best suits their needs. In addition, waxing experts offer prewaxing and postwaxing tips, whether clients are receiving brow shapings or the studio's speciality, Brazilian waxes.
Licensed massage therapists Sandra Hunter, Peggy Elliott, and Caroline Colletti specialize in such modalities as craniosacral therapy, post mastectomy lymph therapy, and infant massage. Their medical massages treat anything from chronic pain to injuries caused by car crashes and thumb-wrestling accidents. The clinic has an onsite FAR infrared sauna that works to detoxify and improve circulation.