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, such as 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.
Having grown up in Cottage Grove, Susan Tuthill takes particular pleasure in helping Prescott-area residents emanate beauty with her aesthetic treatments. Susan tailors each of these based on the individual's needs. Her chemical peels —which can reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles—target the face, the neck, or the hands. Facials range from express sessions that last 30 minutes to complete treatments that last 90 minutes, or, slightly longer than the William Henry Harrison presidency. The full version incorporates galvanic and high-frequency currents to de-clog pores.
Primo Salon & Spa's owner, Kim, is a skin and body care expert and specializes in services like body wraps, body scrubs, and facials. Ongoing education in her field has allowed her to stay at the cutting edge of her profession, and so she encourages each of her employees to attend regular classes in their field. As a result, her team includes a platform artist for Wella, a former educator for Revlon, and a wig specialist with experience fitting custom hairpieces for cancer patients. Together, the team can tend to nearly any aesthetic need, whether it's a new haircut, a mani-pedi, a professional makeup application, or a spray tan—the latter of which is applied via airbrush, as opposed to other salons that simply send clients to a tanning dunk tank.
In a minimalist office with ivory carpeting and black accents, Dr. Glenn Detlefsen and his staff polish away fine lines and resurface skin with injectables, laser treatments, photofacials, and peels, which can bring a youthful glow to visages without permanently situating them over a birthday cake with five flickering candles. The center bases treatments on results from Visia digital skin analysis, which investigates six aspects contributing to the health and appearance of clients' facial features, including the depth and frequency of wrinkles, the size of pores, and the number of freckles feigned with magic marker.
Aesthetic Therapies delivers just that: treatments designed to improve your appearance. These treatments are performed by licensed aestheticians and supervised by medical director Dr. Scott Jenkins. Aesthetic Therapies also employs technicians licensed for teaching, laser procedures, and more. It's not surprising, then, that many of the center's services have something of a medical bent, ranging from Botox injections and electrolysis to lip augmentation and permanent makeup. However, therapeutic treatments are about more than just results; the relaxing facial includes not only exfoliation and a mask to battle blemishes but also a massage or acupressure.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.