Sunlight filters in through Graffiti Hair Studio’s ceiling-high windows, reflecting off polished black shampoo basins that stand out in a space otherwise dominated by light and earthy tones. As stylists escort clients toward the studio’s row of plush salon chairs, their heels click against the hardwood floors, lending a rhythmic counterbalance to the lively chatter that so often fills the room. Once they set to work, the stylists spark up new conversations as they spread smoothing elixirs such as Alterna’s bamboo shampoo across scalps or prep strands for cuts and coloring treatments with Paul Mitchell’s keratin-infused serums. Just a few yards away but entirely removed from the bustle on the salon floor, the spa’s aestheticians hide evidence of aging or membership in underground mud-wrestling leagues with PCA skincare products and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments.
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.
At Image Sun Tanning, bronzing experts help their customers achieve a sun-kissed glow. The staff members guide clients into various UV tanning beds, which include both standup and lie-down models. In addition to these options, you can enhance your skin tone with custom spray tans. In these sessions, one of the studio’s skilled technicians can paint the skin in one of three hues and accent it with add-ons such as custom scents. Beyond its signature services, Image Sun Tanning has expertise in other spa treatments—the infrared body wraps can help detoxify your skin or dispose of a clingy snowman.
Dr. Katherine Elstun, medical director of Eagle Health & Wellness, understands the frustration patients feel when a physician lacks the time to discuss the lifestyle changes that will lead to better health. Eager to redefine the traditional doctor-patient relationship, she expanded her team to include a medical aesthetician who works cooperatively to execute anti-aging skin treatments, weight-loss therapies, and synchronized cartwheel routines. The wellness squad motivates patients within bright and airy offices decorated with vivid wall art and neatly stacked herbal and medical-grade products.
Each member of Skin Medical Spa?s staff?under supervision of medical staff?have their own specialty, ranging from facials to laser operation. The spa offers over 19 different skin treatments, which range from glycolic-acid peels and celebrity facials with vitamin B injections to ultrasonic acne treatments. Treatments as well range from hair removal to brown spot removal. Their services don't end there, as spa parties are also offered in celebration of weddings, proms, birthdays, and the release of graphic calculators with larger cosine buttons.
The staffers at Savi Hair Studio, Tan & Nails know that a grumbling stomach can ruin a relaxing spa day as surely as it can ruin a congressional hearing on manners. That’s why they've designed the six-hour Day of Beauty to include a light lunch in between an aromatherapy facial, mani-pedi, shampoo and style, and makeup application. But even with a meal break, this package still can't claim to be a comprehensive survey of the studio's specialties, which also include Swedish and sports massages, bikini waxing, and tanning in a standup booth.