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.
People don’t go to a deli to fight wrinkles, fine lines, and acne outbreaks. But at Youthful Trends, skincare apothecaries mix custom, natural, handmade body butters and beauty products behind a beauty deli. It's this smorgasbord of organic serums and creams that lays claim to the Earthworm Wrinkle Butter, which was praised on The Doctors for its anti-aging blend of green-tea extracts and secrets for fighting off early birds. In addition to tailored blends of fresh fruit and botanicals, aestheticians encourage glowing complexions with LED light, bronze bodies in beds equipped with personal sound systems, and lift moods with vitamin D-enriched lights.
At the recently opened Christopher Brian Salon, a certified master colorist oversees cranial transformations with haircuts and highlights, and a beauty professional smoothes facial terrains with an arsenal of waxing services. A wash rids hair of oil before a professional mane mowing molds tresses into a face-framing style. Then a styled blow-dry keeps styles from getting soggy, and a gloss treatment makes hair shine brighter than a disco ball covered in crisco. Instead of the wash and gloss treatment, patrons may opt to stripe select strands in their choice of shade with a partial foil highlight. Alternatively, clients can banish unwanted whiskers from upper-lips and eyebrows with three full visage waxes, which may be redeemed over multiple visits to stunt the growth of future facial forests.
Head Games's talented team of aesthetic architects dresses elegant physiques and head tops. Today’s deal grants a hair-styling session ($45) at the hands of Kirsten Hellert, an independent hair designer who specializes in men’s and women’s hair shaping, as well as coloring and formal hair design. After briefly discussing their mane-management plans with Kirsten, clients can relax while she molds their skull coverings into fashionably new shapes or applies partial highlights ($55) to color their follicles hues of their choosing, such as green and brown to match full-body camouflage tattoos that make it easy to be seen in the middle of all-white office kitchens.
Changes Salon's talented staff combines trained stylists and cosmetologists, overseen by an American Board of Certified Haircolorists master colorist, to offer an array of salon services. Silent movie skulls can get follicularly technicolored with top highlights ($65+) while twisty locks can get straightened out with an anti-curling treatment ($75+). Haircuts range from $40–$55 for women, $25–$35 for men, $17–$27 for children (depending on age), and are free for any ghost-based ancestors. Mugs can opt for the signature facial, which includes extractions and is accompanied by a massage of the face, neck, and shoulders, as well as heated hand mitts to melt away ice from freezer-stored appendages. The approximately 60-minute salt-glow body exfoliation coats dearly departed skin with a custom, heated blend of Dead Sea salts, aromatherapy plant extracts, seaweed, and nourishing oils, before soothingly removing the concoction with warm, steamed towels to reveal moisturized and marinated skin. This dermis-dazzling and lock-illuminating deal is for new clients only.
Revive’s talented team of licensed massage therapists calls upon extensive educational backgrounds and experience coddling muscles to soothe away each client’s stress and aches. Massage modalities target ailments from anxiety and depression to the injuries and stiff muscles that result from a battle with Medusa. Swedish massage's long, gliding strokes assuage pains inside and out, whereas deep-tissue massage's targeted pressures lift out knots. Anatomical menders also focus on holistic healing during reflexology visits, where pressure in the hands and feet travels through the body's interconnected pathways to help improve the health of organs. Myofascial release stretches out cramped soft tissue to take pressure off of nerves and blood vessels, and shiatsu massage targets pressure points to unclog the body's energy meridians in time for a roller derby or marathon of speed-reading.: