A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Blond-hued brick walls serve as a minimalist backdrop inside Tomoko Shima’s eponymous hair salon and reverberate with the owner and stylist’s cutting-edge styling techniques. After studying cosmetology and makeup in Tokyo and Osaka for five years, Tomoko crossed the globe to establish salons in New York City. Each hair service harnesses products including Unite Eurotherapy, which eschews such hair-damaging ingredients as sulfates, parabens, and casting calls for bubblegum. The brimming shelves also parade hair color from Davines, and lemongrass shampoo unleashes the herb's complex citric bouquet. Along with traditional haircuts and coloring, Tomoko also calls upon the increasingly popular japanese straightening technique.
Creations Salon owner Lynnell Darby leads a staff of experienced stylists in cutting, coloring, and coiffing tresses with acclaimed salon products that include Paul Mitchell and Pureology. Clients kick back and savor a complimentary beverage as their hair basks in deep hydration alongside skin-flattering color or dimension-boosting highlights before the strand sculpting begins. Unlike the copycat styles and unyielding salad bowls used in a typical salon, Creations' stylists approach each head of tresses as a unique canvas, taking both fashion trends and individual face shape into account to forge a one-of-a-kind style.
Streaks Salon offers an array of body-burnishing techniques to leave clients feeling revamped and tranquil. An hour-long massage therapy session, which includes a 50-minute massage plus a 10-minute mini foot reflexology, employs gentle kneading to serenely evict the shiftless aches squatting in muscular mansions, leaving anatomies unburdened by knots and ready for another day of full-contact kite flying. Sun-seekers may opt for a session in the salon's top-quality VersaSpa spray-tanning system, which provides subtle coloring in a well-ventilated open-air booth. Efficient droplets cloak skin in a moisturizing spray before kissing it with a blissful golden glow, simultaneously fusing in the hue and sating thirsty flesh. Vivify your visage with a one-hour cleansing facial to leave masks vibrant and exfoliated, with an accompanying brow wax ($15) to renovate the roofs of sturdy eye-houses.
Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy’s salons, where skilled students dress tresses, continue a four-decades-old mane-taming legacy that began at a single salon in London. The academy sorts stylists by specialty, allowing them to focus on the latest trends and techniques in their respective fields and preventing inter-brand quick-draw challenges between blow-driers. Hair artisans snip and sculpt strands to configure coifs into the proper shape before treating them to a thorough wash and fashionable style according to client desires, uncovered during a complimentary consultation. Hue specialists, alternatively, coat locks with full-coloring treatments, sprucing up strands with nonnative tints and building protective borders so they don't migrate to fragile eyebrow ecosystems.