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.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area?some indoor and some outdoor?takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96?100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom?never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.
Though Marie started out small at a salon in her hometown of Fayetteville, her knack for snipping locks and business savvy soon drove her to salon proprietorship. More than a quarter century later, Marie still helms her own salon, now in Cary, and her passion for clipping and coloring tresses hasn’t waned. At Style By Marie, she works with the natural tendencies of her client’s hair to design classic, modern, or postmodern ’dos catering to the client’s lifestyle. Whatever the look, she keeps a smile on her face until she’s summoned a smile to her client’s face. In addition to snipping and highlighting locks, Marie waxes brows into elegant arches and liberates upper lips from unwanted facial hair or stuck-on milk mustaches.
The beauty professionals at Papillion Salon and Spa combine their specialties to revitalize clients from head to toe and from pinky to thumb. Stylists sculpt strands into artful updos and freshly hued bobs, shearing the locks off both male and female clients. The salon's resident massage therapist deepens the sense of relaxation with specialized treatments such as hot-stone massage. For special occasions or everyday glamour, Papillion's aesthetician remains on hand to administer customized facials, waxing treatments, and ear-candling appointments that leave ears almost as clean as an imaginary whistle.
At Pure Medical Spa, certified technicians, nurses, and surgeons combine their skills to treat patients' aesthetic needs with minimally invasive medical services. Like replacing makeup with magic markers, injectable dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvederm help faces look younger. Technicians also wield lasers to maintain bodies with laser hair removal, spider-vein removal, and facial photorejuvenation, and aestheticians perform peels and services such as waxing and microdermabrasion.
The motto of New Era Skin and Body is a simple one: "Look better. Feel better. Live better." Tom Donofrio and Iris Cheu believe that each of these leads to the next, so all the massages and skincare services performed in their boutique-style day spa are geared toward the ultimate goal of bettering their clients’ lives. Cheu uses products from ABI Dermaceuticals to help skin breathe, glow, and ditch freeloading blackheads, and Donofrio's massages soothe muscles to relieve tension, instill calm, and preempt daydreams of swimming in a vat of pudding.