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 full-service salon—tackling hair, nails, skin, massages, and tans—beautifies patrons in an eclectic setting. Black salon chairs and hair stations pop against pink walls. Ample sunlight bounces off shiny surfaces, including polished concrete floors, hot-pink mod chairs, and the smiling faces of the beauty pros. Other eclectic touches include eye-catching chandeliers, a zebra-print rug, and a large print of the Eiffel Tower with paint splattered all over it.
Nadia Childs has never met a face whose brows she couldn't shape. As a licensed aesthetician and brow-shaping expert, she uses a face-mapping method to sculpt the proper brows for different face shapes. At Honey Dipped Beauty Boutique, she also performs 15-minute Brazilian waxes, soothes skin with essential-oil-infused facials, and enhances facial features with makeup applications.
Stephanie Fontenot adds volume, style, and flair to her clients’ hair. With a strong technical foundation and an eye for fashion, she produces stylish haircuts that border faces with elegant aplomb. She also offers treatments that give hair a healthy, shiny sheen and embellishes her clients’ appearances with colors that give off a look of youth and vibrancy.
Many people love the idea of a signature scent. It helps others associate you with a certain smell and can make you more memorable. But when thousands of other people emit the same signature scent, the whole concept gets a little diluted. That's where Bath Junkie comes in.
Inside its Manhattan-loft-style stores, customers create their own customized bath products—including perfumes, scrubs, lotions, and body washes—blending more than 150 fragrances. They can also choose the color of their creation, ensuring that their bubble bath matches the floral wallpaper in the dungeon. Bath Junkie's hands-on process produces many products suitable for sensitive skin, almost all of which are paraben- and SLS-free.
In addition to caring for its customers' skin, Bath Junkie cares about the environment. It formulates earth friendly products whenever possible, it uses renewable energy credits, and it takes back all recyclable Bath Junkie containers.
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.