Powered by friendly, automated furbishing machines, Planet Beach Contempo Spa rejuvenates physiques as it shuttles minds to futuristic states of refreshment. Founder Stephen Smith established the franchise's inaugural shop in the space vacated by a down-and-out tanning salon called Electric Beach. After tweaking the name to reflect his dream of creating an otherworldly relaxation haven, he opened the doors and began filling New Orleans with tanned bodies.
Today, Planet Beach patrons can pop in for much more than just tanning; services such as red-light therapy accost wrinkles with infrared photons designed to stimulate collagen production, and UV therapy can boost moods and darken skin, much like showering with a bar of chocolate. Clients can also detoxify with the hydration capsule, which saturates bodies with waves of steam that can open pores. Bolstered by a line of beauty-enhancing products, aesthetic treatments such as custom airbrush tanning and teeth whitening make outer shells glow brighter than an embarrassed quasar.
Amazing Tans, celebrating its 18-year anniversary, furnishes its interiors with a range of cutting-edge tanning beds and booths. The studio's Matrix, Sun Board, and Velocity beds filter out 98% of UVB rays?the rays responsible for reddening skin. Aside from tanning beds, Magic Tan and Mystic Tan standup tanning booths mist bodies in UV-free sunless tanning formulas, transforming pasty hues into even, natural-looking bronze tones. Tanning and skincare products are available for purchase, including Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Amazing Face bronzers and moisturizers.
At EyeCandy Sunless Spa’s two locations, the staff specializes in custom airbrush spray tans and eyelash extensions. All spray-tan and eyelash artists are licensed cosmetologists or aestheticians, led by owner Meri, a beauty industry and tanning veteran. Along with bronzing bods and beautifying eyelash fringe, the spa also offers teeth-whitening services.
Named for its location among the landmarks, art galleries, and shops in historic Folsom, District 605 offers guests contemporary cuts and styles in a boutique-style ambiance. The staff—which includes a senior stylist certified in L'Oréal Professional, Redken, and Rusk color lines; a corrective-color specialist; and a stylist trained at the Paul Mitchell school—stays ahead of the latest trends with continuing education. Their expertise in designing and coloring hair earned the salon nominations in the Best Hair Salon category of CityVoter's 2011 and 2012 KCRA 3 A-List.
In addition to cuts and color, they perform smoothing treatments and extensions, as well as nail services and makeup. The team's airbrush tanning artists can ready skin for the beach and make it easier to sneak up on fellow museum-goers at a Bronze Age exhibit.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
[Our service is] much better than using a machine at the tanning salons; nothing beats the human eye to make sure your tan is even and not streaky. Never orange or red, just beautifully bronzed, every time.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I'm a licensed esthetician. Beauty and skin health is my passion.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
I'm thorough and will never leave a client unhappy.