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 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.
Brushed Tanning's skilled skincare specialists bronze skins through custom spray-tanning services. Before the 10–30 minute spray session, a specialist examines the skin and custom mixes a solution based on each individual client's needs and skin tone. Bodies then receive a light misting of an organic brown-sugar-based solution, which works to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Approximately 8–10 hours later, soul carriages achieve a sun-kissed hue without the use of permanent markers or harmful UV rays. Newly tanned layers and feelings of superiority over the solar system can last for up to 14 days.
Sporting top-shelf products from Redken, Kenra, and Aquage, Sammy's Salon Spa and Tanning's highly trained stylists beautify noggins and bodies with an array of trendy services. Shampoo rinses away any snared thought bubbles before staffers snip renegade strands or give locks keratin treatments that vanquish frizz and curls for three to six months. They elongate and thicken coifs with lush extensions, and accentuate features with below-the-hairline eyelash extensions and makeup. Sammy’s SunSource tanning beds pick up where the sun left off, bronzing skin in a matter of minutes.
Not only did Adrian Cabrera pour her knowledge of healthy skin into her own line of anti-aging skincare products, she also opened Bronzed 2 Perfection to tan epidermises without skin-wilting sunbeams. Her certified techs spray customers by hand with a cellulite- and age-fighting solution that keeps skin supple and smooth. It also contains DHA, which turns skin cells a rich golden brown and can be strategically applied to disguise tan lines, stretch marks, and blemishes. This process eschews streaks and unsightly orange tints, unlike traditional homespun methods, which often involve self-applied creams and swimming pools filled with carrot juice. When they aren't airbrushing clients, Adrian's techs can also whiten teeth up to six shades with blue LED lights.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.