Casa Chiaro's aestheticians combine expertise with a myriad of mollycoddling services to keep cranial façades free of blemishes. Before services are administered, clients receive a personalized consultation with a skincare professional to discuss what they want from their skin, be it a clearer complexion or a chameleon-like ability to blend in with surroundings. Set aside some face time for one of the seven treatments offered in this Groupon, including an LED therapy treatment (a $100+ value), microcurrent treatment (a $100 value), a PowerDerm microdermabrasion (a $100 value), a chemical peel (a $80+ value), or an anti-aging, acne-fighting, or deep-cleansing facial (a $65+ value). Equipped with results from the detailed skin analysis, Casa Chiaro’s epidermal experts then tailor a treatment plan for clients to take home, helping to maintain an outer shell smoother than an alien baby's exoskeleton.
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.
For more than 10 years, Sage Spa has been a haven for beautification and relaxation. At any given moment, massage therapists might be kneading away tension with deep-tissue massages as nail technicians start whirlpool baths for pedicure soaks. Aestheticians customize facials for each client’s skin type and reveal brighter, more youthful skin with four types of peels. Cirepil waxes safely remove excess hair to get clients ready for the beach or undercover dolphin stings.
Sage Spa’s spa-day packages combine diverse services—such as aromatherapy massages, seaweed wraps, and makeup applications—into luxurious experiences. And to continue pampering at home, clients can pick up renowned products including Image Skincare lotions and Fake Bake faux-tanning potions.
As a licensed acupuncturist and trained massage therapist with more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Craig Thomas of Tallahassee Chinese Medicine has the background needed to heal ailing patients at the root of their symptoms. His acupuncture sessions—which involve placing fine-tipped needles into specific pressure points along the body—are said to relieve arthritis, headaches, allergies, and dozens of other maladies. Thomas considers shiatsu massage an important part of the holistic-healing process too, since it helps to increase circulation, reduce stress, and loosen joints. The center also doles out herbal medicines free from heavy metals, pesticides, and swear words on the bottles.
As an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, So-Pure Salon and Spa performs haircare and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients found in Aveda products. Stylists accompany restorative conditioning treatments and color services with calming herbal tea and relaxing Aveda mind-body rituals. The team can enhance full-body massages with aromatherapy and deeply hydrating wraps or soften hands and feet with milk baths and sugar scrubs during Caribbean Therapy mani-pedis that, like a day in Carmen Miranda’s fruit hat, manifest the citrusy fragrances of the tropics.
The salon and spa's decor is as botanically based as its products. The earth-toned space boasts natural wood furniture and floors and pops of bright green from potted plants. The walls are a testament to the beauty experts' support of their community, displaying the work of local artists, including those of Pyramid Incorporated—a nonprofit organization dedicated to training adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in the visual and performing arts.