Shelly Reynolds wears many hats in the beauty world. She is an aesthetician, massage therapist, and nail technician at Behind the Chair Salon. Her services include streak-free spray tans, eyelash extensions, and nail art decorated with Hello Kitty or flowers. In addition, she also offers detoxifying footbaths.
Southern Exposure Tanning Center gilds skins with 18 tanning units, including a red-light-therapy bed. Beds offer four levels of UV tanning, and an automated Mystic Tan spray booth mists hides in a matter of minutes. To assist with these options, the shop’s Smart Tan–certified staff stands by ready to discuss the differences between UV and sunless tanning, as well as the benefits of accelerators, HCG, vitamin B drops, and skincare products.
Stylist Kasey Hight revamps lackluster hair with styling and coloring services. Armed with 30 hours of training from powerhouse hair academy Toni&Guy, Kasey doles out in-depth consultations before building a unique look for each client. She shapes locks into fashionable coiffures and wields 20 hours of Big Sexy Hair training to amplify volume. The color specialist also brandishes Redken color products to brighten manes with partial or full highlights, eschewing the need for Christmas-light weaves.
Endless Summer Tanning & Wellness encourages its clients to bring their own music with them; several of the tanning salon’s beds have individual speaker systems that can connect to a personal mp3 player. The commitment to combining entertainment and relaxation doesn't end there: the HydroMassage system kneads away aches and tight muscles as guests watch movies or listen to tunes, and the hydration stations can increase circulation while nourishing the skin with wildly funny algae extract. The Silver Bullet bed features a relaxing misting system, and tingle lotions help to deepen tans while adding a soothing sensation to invigorate weary limbs.
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.