A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Pure Essentials Day Spa, therapist Yencid Hiller surrounds bodies in a 27-ingredient wrap that nourishes and detoxifies tissues. Just as an Italian mother swaddles her young in lasagna noodles, Yencid blankets clients in a quilt of herbs and allows each curative element to soothe and slim the figure. During the 90-minute treatment, clients lie supine in a serene pastel-colored room as toxins exit fat cells. After a cocooning, clients can lose upwards of 20 inches, resulting in a svelte figure that easily shimmies into packed elevators and tucks behind trees during hide-and-seek.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Alaska vaporize stress with a menu of both soothing and rehabilitative body treatments acted out within a powder-blue room. The list of modalities extends from basic relaxation massage to more intense deep- tissue massage and myofascial release. Natural aids such as hot stones, warm canes of bamboo, and badgers with velvet gloves suffuse the homey studio with the serenity of the forest. Nail techs also groom men’s and women's fingers and toes, evincing Massage Alaska's dedication to hygiene by using disposable implements.
A lifelong resident of Alaska, Rachael Sanger pairs her fondness for the local community with a firm grasp of the fashion world’s latest trends. Since taking over as the owner of Organic Hair Design in 2010, she has carried on the salon’s tradition of stocking only organic products that enhance beauty without harming animals or the environment. Along with stylist Kenna Jo Bushey, Rachael colors hair with PETA-approved vegan treatments and moisturizes thirsty stands with eco-friendly deep conditioners. Elizabeth Field, the salon’s resident aesthetician, shares the stylists’ fascination with organic blends. Her waxing treatments remove unwanted tufts on the face and body, and her custom facials imbue complexions with a glow strong enough to keep them toasty through the winter months.
The licensed, board-certified doctors at Alaska Vein Care vanquish spider veins and enlarged, bulging varicose veins with FDA-approved treatments. Injections of a sclerosing agent seal the interior lining of spider veins, diminishing their appearance by blocking blood flow. Treatments for varicose veins include EVLT treatments to restore normal circulation, micro-phlebectomy procedures to remove looped veins, and sclerotherapy, which closes vein walls.
Sabrina Kern—artistic director or Salon Demetri—doesn't want her clients to feel trapped by the natural state of their hair. So she's curated her salon's services to cater to whims of each client, whether they are seeking straight locks, curling tresses, or lightning-shaped pig-tails. Sabrina's team of stylists specialize in Kerapure smoothing treatments, which use amino technology to smooth and straighten hair without the damage of harsh chemicals or the inherent deception of magic. Stylists can also lengthen hair with the salon’s SoCap hair extensions that bond real human hair to your natural strands with keratin-based agents. After redesigning hair into the desired color, cut, or texture, the stylists educate clients in the expert tricks of how to maintain their new look at home and on the go.