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.
From wall-length windows, passersby peek into the fuchsia halls of U-Wink Eyelash Extensions and watch as experts carefully elongate lashes and transform normal eyelashes into dynamic and striking blinking machines. During the eyelash-extension sessions, the specialists bond between 30 and 120 individual lashes made of synthetic materials, silk, or mink to natural lashes, meticulously skipping baby lashes in order to avoid disrupting the lashes’ natural lifecycle. In addition to lashes, the specialists dress eyes and faces with mineral eye shadows during makeovers or makeup lessons using a handful of the 40 colors that can be used as eye shadow, lip gloss, eyeliner, nail polish, or thought bubbles.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
Luciana’s Massage & Spa Therapies, LLC’s three licensed massage therapists assuage sore muscles in a cozy, tranquil setting complete with heated massage tables, flickering candles, and soothing music. The therapists are skilled in multiple massage styles, including deep tissue, which tackles specific issues with intense pressure; ashiatsu, with the practitioner balancing herself from bars and using her feet to administer the massage; and bamboossage, a tension-relieving technique that is performed with bamboo sticks. Along with massage therapy, the spa’s licensed aesthetician nurtures skin with facials and body wraps, making it look more youthful than the audience at Sesame Street Live.
Torrie Jakes, owner of Jakes Aesthetics, dropped her legal career to pursue her passion for skincare and cosmetics. Performing laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels as well as other skincare treatments, she stays true to her goal of helping her clients attain glowing, youthful skin.