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.
iLash Studio is teeming with eclectic touches that include modern sconces illuminating black-and-white prints of Parisian landmarks. Modern orange tufted benches stand guard outside private treatment rooms where hairstylists, barbers, and manicurists unfurl their skills. Clients can also remove unwanted hair on faces, bikini areas, and wings with a waxing specialist.
Professional hairstylist Shonya Moten has spent the past decade molding dos for a diverse clientele. Her nimble hands braid tresses into detailed cornrows or full braids free of flyaways and awkward bumps. She also skillfully cuts and sculpts tresses that have been left in their natural state or relaxed with chemicals poured through an Enya CD.
The staff at Ambiance Life Spa focuses on the most supremely relaxing of all spa treatments: massage. The spa's service menu is succinct, offering just Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massages, but clients can customize their session several different ways with add-ons such as hot stones, paraffin, and footbaths.
From behind her salon chair, Alice beautifies a diverse clientele with a variety of hair types. She cuts course or fine hair into chic bobs or layers, nourishes thick or thin manes with deep conditioners, and frames oval or octagonal faces with highlights. Her speciality, however, is smoothing strands with relaxers and keratin treatments, leaving them healthy, shiny, and easy to manage.
Signature Service: Weaving and braiding
Brands Used: Essations, Brocato, Paul Mitchell, Motions
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: We serve complimentary wine and water to our clients.
For licensed cosmetologist Chante', a hairstyle isn't as important as the person beneath it. Whether she's working with a weave, cornrows, or an updo, she strives to make a friendly connection with each of her clients. Her personable approach?coupled with more than 20 years of styling experience?has led to a base of loyal customers, some of whom have been visiting her for more than 10 years. They might walk away with meticulously laced braids or streaks of color that complement a makeup application and brow shaping.