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 of 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 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.
A well-respected name in the world of hair care, Paul Mitchell the School trains its scissor-clad army of stylists to bestow precision cuts and transformative styles. Grown on Paul Mitchell’s sustainable, solar-powered farm in Hawaii, native awapuhi ginger lends its soothing nature to the repair mantra chanted by Mitchell’s KeraTriplex treatment. Designed to help slow the process of color fade, the triple blend of exclusive keratin proteins also helps rebuild peptide bonds to strengthen fragile curls and cowlicks, infusing each strand with moisture to improve softness, shine, and cactus appeal. Expert tuft wranglers dry and sculpt post-treatment tresses into less frothy renditions of the great waves off the Maui coastline. Those seeking new or newly refined head shapes first submit to a thorough sudsing and 5-minute scalp massage in the school’s Wash House. Brandishing sharpened arbiters of style, hair techs prune head fronds to eliminate errant patches of sawgrass and unsprouted chia seeds. A deep-conditioning treatment follows the shear session, prompting split ends to reconcile their differences for a fresh start.
The staff at Plaza 101 Salon and Spa helps clients look their best from crown to toenail, cultivating elegant looks amid stately surroundings of exposed brick and mahogany furnishings. In addition to trimming wayward strands, the stylists can invent a dramatic new look by using highlights or lowlights to add depth and dimension. The salon's massage therapist designs custom sessions that can incorporate a mélange of Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, myofascial-release, and reiki therapies in order to address each individual's needs. While the nail technicians beautify digits with the rejuvenating benefits of paraffin dips and Dead Sea salt, Dr. Debra Mowery steps in to offer physician-supervised cosmetic procedures, including injectable dermal fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion sessions that can improve the skin's tone, texture, and bioluminescent capabilities.
Licensed medical aesthetician, certified laser technician, and former model Ruth Ford Elward renews skin with an array of customized facials, peels, and other skincare. Her signature facial works with all skin types—even potato—to detoxify and replenish the face, chest, and neck area, and she rebalances skin by applying protective antioxidants and revitalizing conditioners. Ruth plays soothing music during treatment, and during skin consultations, she discusses beneficial nutrition habits and at-home products that can help clients maintain their results.
Aestheticians specialize in depilating and decorating the nether regions, working in private treatment rooms lined with marble counters. Photos of hairless cats hang on the walls in cheeky commentary as aestheticians use lasers, electrolysis, and sugaring—a gentle, unheated medium—to remove unwanted fuzz. Clients can choose from an array of modified Brazilians to customize their looks, which they can also do with the help of hair tinting, temporary tattoos, vadazzling. Other services include facial peels, microdermabrasions, photo facials, and spray tans. Each of the Studio's treatments are administered under the supervision of Dr. Ken Oleszek, who emphasizes clients' safety.
When it comes to a good manicure, experience counts. That’s why all polished tips point to Elite Nails owner Elisa Garcia, who has spent the last 19 years perfecting her nail-polishing technique. Beyond basic polish changes and mani-pedis for both men and women, she specializes in acrylic enhancements, which come natural, French tipped, capped in colorful glitter, or rolled in fresh powdered sugar. To prevent lifting, she uses acrylic products from Creative Nail Design, which also guard against yellowing to keep nails looking new for longer.