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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
Professional makeup artist Rachel Tate-Study is on a quest to make the world a more beautiful place, one face at a time. The licensed cosmetician and 23-year spa-industry veteran’s work has been seen on red carpets as well as on E’s Fashion Emergency and in the pages of Bridal Star Magazine. Utilizing vitamin-infused makeup compounds by Franché Mineral Cosmetics, she helps faces to adopt a healthy, radiant glow in time for weddings, parole hearings, and other memorable photo opportunities, and she can even lead lessons that show clients how to accentuate natural beauty using products from their own makeup bag. Her real specialty, however, is permanent makeup––a tattoo-like procedure that delivers permanent pigment to the eyelids, brows, or lips and helps clients to save time and avoid allergic reactions from conventional cosmetics. She also uses the micropigmentation technique to camouflage scars following breast-cancer surgery or other procedures, leading her to receive referrals from countless dermatologists and plastic surgeons throughout the state.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
Soothing music fills the air inside Triplicity Wellness, where guests drink complimentary tea, wine, or vitamin-infused water before receiving custom treatments. Proprietor Amber Johnson performs a careful skin analysis before tackling problems such as acne or fine lines with Dermalogica and PCA Skin products. The elegant treatment room boasts an ornate gold-framed mirror swathed in sheer fabric, Romanesque white columns, and a white statue resembling Demeter, the Greek goddess of grain harvesting and hair removal.
As the owner of Blush Beauty Studio, Paige Vincent personally selects all of the products she and her staff use to beautify their clients. To keep pores free of synthetic chemicals, she relies on 100% Pure skincare and makeup products. These concoctions—which are derived from fruit pigments and never tested on animals—are composed of organic ingredients and antioxidants that fend off damaging free radicals on the run from algebra homework. She banishes the signs of aging with chemical peels and collagen-boosting LED skin treatments, which also work to slay acne-causing bacteria.
Tending to full bodies, she extracts bristles with waxing and sugaring. She pumps up peepers with waterproof eyelash extensions that last up to four weeks, and grants clients with custom bronze glows free of streaks or orange hues thanks to her organic airbrush tans.
Jenifer Cave, owner of Always Beautiful! Permanent Cosmetics, brings more than a decade of professional experience and artistic expertise to every lid and lip she lines. Using a tattoo-like procedure known as micro-pigmenting, Jenifer can enhance nearly any feature, whether you're looking to fill in sparse brows or add interest to your face with an artfully-applied beauty mark. The procedure, which is completely customizable, typically lasts several years and is ideal for those who wish to shorten their morning makeup routines or those tired of re-applying makeup every time they bob for apples. Meanwhile, those looking to change their look in a less-permanent way can come to Jenifer for custom spray tans, or let her come to them for an on-location spray tan party.