A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Many people love the idea of a signature scent. It helps others associate you with a certain smell and can make you more memorable. But when thousands of other people emit the same signature scent, the whole concept gets a little diluted. That's where Bath Junkie comes in.
Inside its Manhattan-loft-style stores, customers create their own customized bath products—including perfumes, scrubs, lotions, and body washes—blending more than 150 fragrances. They can also choose the color of their creation, ensuring that their bubble bath matches the floral wallpaper in the dungeon. Bath Junkie's hands-on process produces many products suitable for sensitive skin, almost all of which are paraben- and SLS-free.
In addition to caring for its customers' skin, Bath Junkie cares about the environment. It formulates earth friendly products whenever possible, it uses renewable energy credits, and it takes back all recyclable Bath Junkie containers.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that sculpts wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. All cuts start with a soothing shampoo using Fantastic Sams' signature line of products. With today's deal, tired tresses will also be treated to a moisture-melding deep-conditioning treatment to seal in shine and undo dryness and damage from sandbox headstands. After stray strands are snipped away, the lush remaining locks are blown dry as hair is sculpted into an irresistibly manicured mane. Each of Fantastic Sams’ confidence-renewal centers is staffed with follicle fanatics who will whisk worries away with precision and kindness.
Shear Illusions boasts a cadre of stylistic mavens that comfortably cater to the hair-sculpting and follicle needs of men and women alike. Stylists unsheath their blades to slice, reshape, and trim head-fronds into an alluring face-framing form with a haircut (up to $30 value). Highlights of the client's choosing create a look interwoven with single or multicolored hues ($70 value one color, $80 value for two), from natural reds and blondes to LSU purples and golds. A deep-conditioning treatment hydrates parched hair, imbuing it with a silky sheen envied by ambitious silkworms the world over ($10 value). After a finishing style to puff, slick, or gently cajole hair into its peak state of beauty, stylists whirl their clients out of the chair and out into a world in which birds let out catcalls over exceptionally coiffed heads.
The brands on which Glo Beauty Bar relies are some of the most recognizable in their fields—NovaLash eyelash extensions, Shellac nail polish, and Infinity Sun spray-tanning solutions and equipment. And just as owner Jessica Hanson didn't skimp on the products she uses, she isn't stingy with amenities, either, providing free WiFi as well as a wine bar stocked with wine, beer, and champagne. Because beauty appointments, like chess games against the grim reaper, are often squeezed in before dinner plans, the studio maintains a "refresh" bar where women can freshen up before they leave using face wash, makeup, and beauty tools. The items in the bar change frequently, so that members can swing by whenever they want to try out trendy new products.
Avallon Salon & Day Spa has a service for practically any beauty need. Want to hydrate and nourish skin? In that case, take your pick from the salon's array of signature body treatments. The 45-minute salt glow, for one, includes a full-body exfoliation, shower, and Dermalogica lotion, plus dead sea and healing salts for a soft sheen. There's also a sea mud pack, a sugar scrub, and a Power Pack of soymilk and oatmeal to choose from—and those are just the body treatments. From there, the list goes on to haircuts and color, waxing, facials, and massage services, all ensuring clients leave the salon looking and feeling like a million bucks that were printed at a spa.