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.
There are many ways to banish unwanted hair, and short of learning alchemy, the stylists and aestheticians at SkinSense MediSpa & Salon have mastered nearly all of them. Armed with high-end products from Redken and Pureology, the styling team manages to deftly snip away extraneous length and split ends, leaving clients with flattering styles. On the other side of the salon, waxing artists remove unwanted hairs to reveal the smooth skin that lies beneath. And from within the salon's advanced treatment area, specialists perform SkinSense's lineup of medical treatments that includes Botox, spider-vein removal, and laser hair reduction.
As part of the Forney Salons Suites?a one-stop beauty shop for hair, nail, and skincare needs?the staff at Forney Nails focuses on beautifying hands and feet. Their services include Shellac manicures, which offer a perfectly polished chip-free and annoyance-free nail experience. They offer traditional mani-pedis as well, part of their full menu of nailcare services.
Sherry Ferguson lends her artistic eye—not to mention 40 years of experience—to every haircut, manicure, facial, or waxing treatment that takes place at Ferguson Designs. She streaks hair with highlights, or even shades of pink, purple, and blue to help her clients' true colors shine through. Despite her salon's spacious area, she keeps private rooms in which to conduct each treatment. She goes out of her way to make each visitor as comfortable as possible in their borrowed personal space. She wants them to come back. "A repeat client is always the best compliment we can get," she says.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Hair color and styling
Brands Used: All Nutrient, retro products, CND Solar nail product
Nail Candy Dream Spa and Salon’s team of beauty experts creates looks for nails that would make most mouths water with bright colors and tiny beads that resemble sugary sprinkles. Though the nail art that comes out the salon of may look good enough to eat, fingernails and toenails are not and never will be edible. The custom looks can include 3-D flowers and even a small gold chain that connects two nails together. The one-stop location also deftly handles other beauty needs, with a full array of hair, eyelash, and makeup services, as well as an anti-aging time-travel machine.