Hair can't cut itself without opposable thumbs, and it lost those during the Pleistocene epoch. Fortunately, Fiesta Hair and Tanning's stylists are poised to pick up the slack. Clients can opt for a simple bang trim, an elaborate updo, or a full-on pampering package with a haircut, conditioning treatment, and bold color application. Specialty tanning services are also available to help modern homo sapiens cultivate sun-kissed skin.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A 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.
Sunkissed Tanning Salon’s golden walls glow in the same color as the sun, but it’s the tanning beds that impart the bronze that patrons seek. Clients repose amid high- and low-pressure beds or step into Mystic booths, which rely on automatic nozzles to evenly spritz the body in UV-free color. The salon also houses red-light therapy equipment, which strengthens the skin’s elastin to firm wrinkles and shrink pore size.
Drawing from an arsenal stocked with four levels of organic and PETA-approved vegan sunless-tanning products, trained technicians at Studio Bronze assess each client’s skin type to determine which tanning solution best emphasizes their natural tone. They’ll then shift skin spectrums during custom spray tan sessions, ensuring each client receives an individualized tan free from dangerous UV rays or harmful ingredients. In addition to keeping things 100% natural, they bolster sessions with complimentary additives such as opalescent shimmer drops, which yield a healthy looking glow, and anti-aging solutions, which help tighten the skin’s elasticity and ward off loitering vultures. Studio Bronze can even take visits a step further by complementing sleek new tans with a haircut and color service or an installation of human Remy hair extensions.
The staff at Tan Factory bronzes their clients’ birthday suits with UV-free airbrush tanning for the entire body, enlisting the manmade sunshine found in California Tan products. During the 20-minute sessions, tanning technicians slather hides in sun-kissed hues that can last from 7–10 days or until clients tumble into a vat of Liquid Paper. Tan Factory continuously seeks out current technology and supplements its spray applications with lotions from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty. Tanning mavens recommend exfoliating beforehand and wearing loose clothing to the sessions, and recommends that customers avoid any moisturizers, fragrances, and laser-light shows on the day of the treatments.