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, such as 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 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.
Owners Tracy Kuss and Christy Strand-Kolb share a passion for hairstyling, and they channeled that excitement into opening VanStrand Hair Salon in 2001. Their mission was to create a salon that provided high-quality haircuts, perms, and waxing treatments at reasonable prices. Creating a friendly place to visit and socialize was equally important to them, and today the two love how their salon gives them an opportunity to meet new people and establish relationships with return clients. To keep the vibe upbeat and fun, Tracy and Christy surround themselves with a team of equally passionate, talented, and amicable hair sculptors. Pairing their skills with top-shelf products such as American Crew and Phyto Organics, the stylists stick to their high standards and leave their customers with ‘dos as stylish and sleek as a Ferrari dressed in Versace.
Li Nguyen arms himself with an arsenal of Vivant Skin Care products and more than 10 years of experience in the skincare industry to tailor facial-care services to each client's needs. Li enriches epidermises during facials, which he follows with a 10-minute massage or a 15-minute microdermabrasion treatment that eradicates dead skin cells in the same way a millionaire keeps feral dogs off his lawn: by shooting miniature diamonds at them. He also addresses more pressing facial concerns with chemical peels and acne treatments.
Everywhere you look inside DD Style, you'll find a stylist or an aesthetician doing what she's best at. Over in the salon chairs, clients dictate how they want their new hairdos to look and watch as their dreams are cut and shaped into reality. On the other side of the salon, technicians paint nails with vivid color and aestheticians lead their clients into private rooms for waxing treatments.