A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
At The Man Spa, the staff of high-trained stylists brings a touch of class and fashion acumen to the chair during grooming services tailored solely to gentlemen. Doling out exquisite haircuts, facials, and massages in a fun and relaxed environment, the female stylists primp and prim men with luxurious treatments designed to help men look and feel at the top of their game. Hot towel shaves and sports mani-pedis round out the treatments in this lavish club atmosphere.
Dr. Molly Mears and the steady-handed staff of Enlighten Laser Cosmetics deploy laser technology for all skin types and hair colors. The system effectively seeks and dissipates hairs by heating up melanin in the follicle, thus stunting growth. The six-session siege on unwanted whiskers is usually sufficient to return a bodily zone to its original, factory-approved smoothness.
Like all Aveda salons, Landis Aveda Lifestyle Salon helps polish clients' styles with earth-friendly, naturally derived products. After opening a location in Salt Lake City in 2005, the salon has since sprouted a twin location and focused on developing serious talent. Their stylists spend 18 months in training, working their way up from apprentice to Grand Salon level, gaining experience, training, and the ability to gently comb a hibernating bear’s hair without waking it.
Life Long Wellness's aim is in its name: enduring health. Its healers work to reverse pain with acupuncture and massage techniques. Among its massage modalities, Life Long Wellness offers satori massage, which combines infrared heat and jade stones with the hopes of detoxifying the body and aiding in healing.
La Bella Vita Salon's beauty professionals are renowned for their haircare services, but continue to gain notability for their customizable spa treatments. In addition to smoothing skin with facials and waxes, aestheticians nourish it with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. The specialists relax the body with hot-stone therapy and back treatments, and highlight the natural beauty of eyes with faux mink lash extensions or permanent liner. Hardwood planks stretch across the salon floor, creating an earthy aesthetic that's enhanced by bonsai trees and occasional thunderstorms.