Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan’s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan’s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu’s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients—including the Houston Dymano Girls team—by helping them choose the best of each facility’s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
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 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.
RedCircle Personalized Weight Management, an Amerejuve sister company, uses seven components to help clients lose and keep off unwanted weight. The combination of these elements—a baseline assessment, cardiometabolic profiling, genetic profiling, meal-planning, personal training, metabolic supplements, and e-coaching—results in treatment plans customized to each client's metabolic rate and genetic profile. Rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach to slimming, RedCircle's staff creates detailed meal-plans and training strategies as individualized as the fingerprint of a snowflake.
Eyelash extensions. Keratin conditioning hair treatments. Microdermabrasion seaweed facials. These are just a few of the many options from Changing Styles Salon & Spa’s slate of services. Inside the welcoming, family-owned beauty emporium, an amiable staff of mane masters, aestheticians, and massage therapists greets customers. Then, these experts add pizzazz to coiffures with highlights, diminish stress with a specialty massage, and remove unwanted hair with waxing services or magnets for those with metal strands. Alternatively, they spruce up fingers and toes with acrylic polish, Shellac, solar, and nail arts that incorporate rhinestones.
For the past 15 years, the beauty experts at Sheila's Hair Design have enhanced bodies with cuts and colors, the ancient art of threading, and henna tattoos that are ideal for weddings or turning a row of freckles into Pac-Man fodder. A boutique area showcases clothing and jewelry from Pakistan and India, including traditional pieces from Rajasthan.
If Salon Langeveldt’s zebra-print carpet, lime-green sofa, and bright-orange walls don’t tip you off, it’s only a matter of time before you notice that the staff members don’t shy away from creativity. Their service menu may be lengthy, but they excel at everything they do. One secret behind their success lies in the products they choose to employ—professional formulas from Matrix, Redken, and Paul Mitchell, among others. In addition to free WiFi and complimentary beverages, Salon Langeveldt offers a playroom for kids and adults with youthful haircuts.