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.
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 an array of signature body treatments. For instance, the 45-minute salt glow 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 that's only the body treatments. The staff also beautifies with haircuts and color, waxing, and facial services; massage services melt away tension and stress.
Each of the facials at Spa Benefique is designed to gently treat problematic skin. The Image acne facial douses pesky pimples with a blend of salicylic acid, enzymes, retinol, and benzoyl peroxide. The Vitamin C facial blasts away free radicals and air kisses squatting in pores. The Refinement facial aims to diminish fine lines by sloughing off dead skin cells with gentle chemical exfoliants. The experts can also tend to matters below the neck with such treatments as a massage that send muscles into a deep sleep and warm wax that sends unwanted hairs away from the legs and bikini area.
At Posh Salon, magazines beckon clients in the comfortable, couch-adorned waiting area. A flower centerpiece hints at the beauty cultivated on the styling floor, where haircuts, styling, and deep-conditioning treatments craft fashionable 'dos. Color, too, gets in on the act for highlights or when someone puts two pots of gold on opposite ends of the salon. To boot, the skills of the staff have been amplified by the 20 years that the company has been in business in Baton Rouge.
Inside Elegant Touch Facial Threading a fleet of circular mirrors in a multitude of sizes adorn the tangerine walls, allowing patrons to catch a glimmer of their reflection as they stroll to settle down in comfy white chairs. As clients relax, beauty experts unfurl the ancient Asian technique of threading, swiftly removing hair from eyebrows, sideburns, upper lip, and chin for a face as smooth as a freshly waxed peach.