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.
Clients relax as they sip frothy beers and tart ciders amid the elegant white décor of The Wax Bar's lobby before following aestheticians back to a private treatment room for one of a broad repertoire of signature hair-removal services. Staff at The Wax Bar's two locations aim to make waxing or sugaring a luxurious and dignified experience, soothing clients' jangling nerves with drinks from the wet bar. Each aesthetician boasts a repertoire of discomfort-minimizing tricks to ensure sugaring and waxing services for men and women's brows, backs, and bikinis go as swiftly and painlessly as possible. After follicles have said their tearful goodbyes to unwanted hair, aestheticians apply aftercare products and advise clients on the best way to reduce irritation on freshly bare skin. Staff members also offer facials whose targeted therapies incorporate products from Dermalogica and Aveda.
Owner and head stylist Michelle Black opened Body Works Salon & Spa in order to pamper clients with expert salon services. She and her team of stylists revamp hair with custom cuts and products from Redken and Paul Mitchell Tea Tree, whose citrus and lavender-mint scents nourish scalps and attract local wildlife. With more than 30 years of experience between them, the trained aestheticians perform a multitude of services to keep clients looking good.
Garnishing guests with a host of cosmetic services, Ambiance whips up fiesta-ready façades from the relaxing confines of its south Anchorage skin studio. Spruce up harried head masks with one of Ambiance’s cleansing and rejuvenating facials. The express treatment gives grizzled grills a splash of refreshment during a 30-minute custom pit stop (starting at $55), and the 45-minute deep-cleansing treatment sends a detox search team into hidden subdermal caves, extracting built-up gunk, makeup miasma, and families of hibernating pore bats (starting at $60). Today’s Groupon can also be put toward Ambiance’s premium facials, including the 80-minute firming algae lift-off treatment, which treats parched pores to ultrafirming hydration in the form of a rich spirulina-infused mask (starting at $120).
The seasoned medical aestheticians of Renewal Skin Care Studio unveil youthful demeanors with the exfoliating and hydrating ministrations of the salon's numerous facials. Pumpkin-peel facials commence with a gentle cleansing, clearing complexions of oil, dirt, and battle paint. A pumpkin treatment and a moisturizer then treat sun-damaged and congested skin until it achieves a healthy, harvest-scented glow.
Vibe Styling Salon & Day Spa puts a great deal of energy into creating a relaxing ambiance. That's reflected not just in its calming earth-toned walls, but also its soothing services, which range from digit-pampering mani-pedis to massages, which are composed of flowing Swedish strokes or firm deep-tissue techniques. Staff members are skilled in a wide array of beautification techniques as well, including facials, tanning, and waxing, and offer cutting-edge haircare with the aid of Redken and Pureology products.