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.
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.
Nail Finiti's hand and foot specialists pamper clients' hardworking digits with beautifying nail treatments. Soften pavement pounders with a deluxe spa pedicure, which packs a soothing combination of exfoliation and massage together with a foot mask, paraffin wax, and cucumber heel-therapy and sea-salt treatments in addition to standard pedi-care, including cuticle and nail shaping and a coat of nail polish. To pair their keyboard tappers with newly revamped feet, clients also receive either a standard manicure or a Shellac application, which coats nails in a chip-resistant polish with zero dry time using special UV-lamp technology. A complimentary snack and beverage keeps the internal organs from getting jealous of the limb-coddling services and releasing all the stomach's butterflies back into the wild.
Lauren Hunt at Hair Works Salon's hair services twirl tendrils and snip split ends into fashion-forward 'dos. During a haircut, professionally trained stylist Lauren Hunt treats a lad or lady of any follicle texture to a thorough cleansing, cut, and blow-dry, helping to revive strands and boost coif confidence. Lauren Hunt's vivacious attitude and expert attention to detail create a relaxing experience as mop tops transform into face-framing silhouettes inspired by the precise beauty of manicured bonsai gardens or Mr. Potato Head’s architect look. To add to the beauty-bolstering treatment, Lauren Hunt employs the hydrating prowess of Eufora, an aloe-vera-based haircare line.
Dr. Laci Theunissen of Dermatology at Bocage restores epidermal order to misbehaving faces with skin-salvaging Botox injections. Dr. Theunissen introduces the smoothing serum to facial areas etched by Father Time, slowing down hyperactive muscles and blocking nerve impulses. Results take up to 30 days to fully appear on the visage and injections may banish fine lines to a far-off land for up to four months. The non-surgical treatment requires little to no downtime, freeing patients to return to normal activities such as eating rainbow sherbet and grinding frozen rainbows into rainbow sherbet.
The beauty specialists at Salon Dolce’ luxuriate patrons from head to heel with an assortment of salon and spa services. A 30-minute full Brazilian wax ($45) thoroughly eradicates fleece from the bikini region, allowing lower halves to emerge from public fountains with confidence. Clients can preen surfaces in small doses with eyebrow, chin, or lip waxing ($15/area) or smooth facial terrains in their entirety with a full-face waxing ($40). To unload overburdened backs, treat muscles to a 30-minute relaxation, deep-tissue, or head-ache-relief massage ($35). Stylists transform languid locks into motivated manes with a haircut and styling (women $40; men $25; children $17), during which they administer Keune haircare products and reward polite strands with a lollipop.