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 friendly staff at Luciana’s Massage & Spa Therapies offers a variety of customizable treatments to soothe weary soul sacks. Refresh your frontispiece with an express facial, designed to rebalance your epidermis. The quick treatment begins with a skin analysis to determine your dermal desires, followed by deep cleanse, exfoliation, mask therapy, and restorative herbal-steam treatment to rejuvenate and replenish your outer peel. Muscle maladies are eradicated during the sweet-smelling, 30-minute hot-stone massage. As you relax in a comfortable, private suite, Luciana’s knowledgeable knot-kneaders target subterranean stress, chronic aches and pains, and deep-seated fears of giraffes with a personalized massage. Hot stones help relax muscles and tissue, alleviate stress, eliminate toxins, relieve pain, and improve circulation. Soothing aromas, tranquil sounds, and the glow of candles create a serene atmosphere for your visage or bone box mollycoddling.
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 Eastern art of brow threading has become wildly popular in the United States, a trend aesthetician Almas Karowalia astutely followed, enabling her to open 15 locations of Perfect Brow Bar across the Midwest, Texas, and Louisiana. At each outpost, practitioners clean up uneven brows and hairlines with strands of twisted thread that can remove multiple rows of hair with a single pass. Her teams boast that they can complete brows in as little as 5 minutes and require only 10–15 minutes to thread an entire face. The expedient technique generally results in less pain and irritation than other hair-removal methods, though at Perfect Brow Bar patrons can also opt for traditional waxing services. In addition to hair removal, aestheticians dress up skin with makeup applications, lash extensions, and henna tattoos of tuxedos or ball gowns.
Ashley Collins left the comfort of her native Louisiana for New York and Atlanta, where she worked as a representative for MAC and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. After working as a makeup artist and a public-relations specialist, she returned home and went rogue (and rouge) by opening her own business, Beau Visage Makeup. Known for its dark, sultry shadows rimmed with bold colors such as red or teal, her work also features more natural tones for springtime brides. When she’s not busy primping models during fashion shows and prepping teens for prom, Ashley shares her cosmetic knowledge and dispenses goody bags at bridal parties.
The phrase “beauty runs in the family” takes on a second meaning when referring to Kacey Payne, the co-owner of About Phace Skincare Spa. The daughter of a hairdresser and the wife of a barber, she found her own niche by studying skincare and becoming a board-certified aesthetician. With 10 years of experience in her back pocket, she oversees her spa with a passion for skincare that rivals Super Mario’s passion for fungi, bringing back the factory-fresh glow of customers’ skin through an assortment of purifying, fortifying, and hydrating facials. Inside her spa, she also oversees full body-waxing services, tinting, and lash extensions that crown eyes with fluttery signage.