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 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.
Exquisite Effects Salon provides nearly all of clients' beauty services in one stop. Precision haircuts, color weaves, creative updos, and coloring treatments incorporate products from Joico, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix Biolage. OPI and CND polishes adorn digits during manicures and spa pedicures. The staff also accents eyes with lash extensions and lash and brow tinting. For those tired of dipping their earlobes in glitter every morning, the salon also offers ear piercing.
Natalie’s nimble fingers give eyes an extra pop with flutter-worthy eyelash extensions. She applies the tiny fringe inside Hair Play & Day Spa, alongside other beauty pros who cut hair and add eye-catching highlights or strategically placed holiday lights.
After spending years working in law, Amy Hansen decided to trade in her suits for a pair of stylist's scissors to pursue her passion in cosmetology. She studied hard, earned her license, and in 2006 opened a salon named for the goal she strives to achieve—BellaMe, or "beautiful me." Amy calls on her diverse talents to field an array of custom styling requests, which have ranged from conservative trims to the short and spiky Kate Gosselin look. The salon embodies Amy's outdoorsy spirit with wood accents and sprays of fresh sunflowers that prune themselves at the mirror when the staff isn't looking. The salon is composed of two separate sections—a three-chair styling room and a spa room with a flat-screen TV—that fill the air with energetic, groovy music.
La Bella Vita Salon's beauty professionals are renowned for their haircare services, but continue to gain notability for their customizable spa treatments. In addition to smoothing skin with facials and waxes, aestheticians nourish it with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. The specialists relax the body with hot-stone therapy and back treatments, and highlight the natural beauty of eyes with faux mink lash extensions or permanent liner. Hardwood planks stretch across the salon floor, creating an earthy aesthetic that's enhanced by bonsai trees and occasional thunderstorms.