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.
Overgrown locks and unruly frizz are curtailed at ChangeS HaiR StudioS, where stylists cut hair into new ‘dos and add custom color and highlights for more drama. They smooth hair by dousing it in a Keratin Express or Chi Enviro serum, sweeping it with a flatiron, or softly singing it a lullaby. Alternatively, straight locks can take on springiness and volume with a perm.
Helmed by a mother-daughter duo, All About You stands proudly as one of Tallahassee's few salons offering the oft-publicized, long-lasting shellac nail treatment. The 45-minute process starts off with a manicure (a $20 value), which includes hot towels, hot oil, and an optional heat pack for the neck, and is designed to make hands delicate enough to catch runoff when it's raining cats and dogs. Then the shellac treatment (a $10 value) seals the deal by pushing cuticles back, filing nails, and coating finger shells with the special finish. Postapplication, the shellac aids in the prevention of deterioration and chipping for two weeks.
Self-confidence rockets skyward at Hair Apparent & Sensational Skin’s studio, where a staff of beauticians boosts outer allure with a gargantuan menu of salon and spa services. Their stylists reimagine the manes of youngsters and adults with cuts, coloring, and formal updos for weddings and other momentous occasions. Aestheticians uphold the latter half of the spa’s name by customizing more than 10 different facial services, including skin-resurfacing microdermabrasion treatments and facials that use cooling masks and skincare products. The menu’s add-ons section further nourishes epidermal expanses with an antioxidant-rich honey exfoliation, as well as aggressive extractions for pores clogged with blackheads and misplaced wine corks.
Emilee’s Salon believes in beauty as an art form and constantly updates its technology to ensure that your look is cutting-edge. Get a simple all-over haircut ($40+ for women, $25 for men) or pamper and shape your bangs ($7–$12) while teaching the hairs on the back of your head a lesson about the value of hard work. Spruce things up with a complete facial wax ($40) or put your Groupon toward a gentle, formaldehyde-free Pravana keratin treatment (prices vary). Drop in for an express facial with cleansing, exfoliation, mask, and moisturizer ($30) or indulge in a full sea-salt body polish with optional fresh ground pepper ($65).
Chelsea Salon won several Best of Tallahassee Awards from Tallahassee magazine in 2007, including Best Spa Services. Reviewers comment on a variety of services at Chelsea Salon, and seven Google Mappers give it a five-star average. Sixteen Yahoo! Locals and five Insider Pagers award it a four-star average.