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.
The stylists at Fantastic Sams keep things simple—but that doesn't mean plain. At salons scattered across the US, the mane-makers fill a head of hair's everyday needs with services such as adult cuts, bang trims, and facial styling. They also go beyond basic services with texturing treatments, foil highlights, and hair relaxers more effective than simply slipping some gin into the shampoo. All services are complemented with their trademark FantasticStyle shampoo therapy, a treatment that includes a three-minute scalp massage and a nourishing argan-oil serum.
A one-two combo of total-body bliss, both of the featured services refresh the epidermal, muscular, and cranial regions of guests. During the 30-minute express massage, the skilled massage therapists can implement any combination of techniques––including Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, and the gentle Babe Ruth, among others. Products from brands such as Eminence and Biotone enhance skinly satisfaction with each well-tuned stroke. To amplify the muscle-melting magic, dayscaping guests immerse themselves in the detoxifying infrared solar sauna, which is designed to ease tension, open pores, and clear the mind of worries about how to draw a realistic-looking horse.
Sun Your Buns' mobile airbrush tanning gives clients a full-body sunkissed glow in their own home. Airbrush applications take place in a transportable tanning tent to help avoid any unwanted bronzed coffee tables. The skilled tan technicians apply a full-body mist of a tanning solution containing DHA, which works with the skin’s own keratin to darken it naturally. The treatment typically takes about 30 minutes, and results can last up to 10 days. The process eliminates the need for harmful UV rays, letting customers enjoy a golden gleam without the risk of wrinkles and sun damage.
Sheila Cao, a registered nurse and founder of Naturalashes, practices a hair-based brand of makeover—rejuvenating style with eyelash extensions and waxing. Experienced stylists keep bodies both smooth—with applications of low-temperature, anti-irritant wax—and dramatic, with durable mink and synthetic eyelash extensions.