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.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
Seasoned aesthetician Debra Andrus customizes a full slate of skincare services, such as waxing sessions, permanent-makeup applications, and state-of-the-art HydraFacials, to beautify epidermal landscapes. During treatments, Andrus' team eschews over-the-counter cosmetics for professional, all-natural products from brands such as Jane Iredale and Osmosis Skincare. Wrinkles Away Skincare is also home to a licensed massage therapist who uses several modalities—including hot- and cold-stone therapy and bamboo techniques—along with a cadre of catchy protest slogans to oust tyrannous tension from backsides.
At Mansfield Laser Center, licensed technicians use high-powered lasers to remove unwanted body hair while also providing aesthetic procedures that rejuvenate and renew skin. Men, women, and woolly mammoths trying to pass as elephants can undergo hair removal, as Amber uses relatively painless laser treatments over the course of 6–10 sessions. The center also offers various facial treatments, which range from smoothing microdermabrasions to TCA peels for those who wish to treat winkles, scars, or uneven pigmentation.
The staff at Styles of India focuses solely on the art of hair removal to shape brows and remove unwanted fuzz across the entire physique. An ancient technique, threading makes use of pure cotton strands, rolled and lifted along the face and eyebrows to remove hair in a straight line—ideal for eyebrows or sculpting sideburns into the style Benjamin Franklin sported: lightning bolts. The technicians at Styles of India are also adept with wax, removing unwanted hair from legs, arms, and bikini lines.
The beds at all seven Cancun Tan locations boast a variety of amenities to evoke a relaxing day at the beach, with headrests cushioning necks, body fans creating cool breezes, and stereos constantly playing the theme to Baywatch. Clients who prefer UV-free shades can step into the VersaSpa booth, which evenly mists a sunless-tanning formula all over the body and dries quickly to avoid any discomfort.