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.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
From the gas lanterns at the entryway to the antique-style armchairs in the relaxation room, The Woodhouse Day Spa feels like a Victorian parlor that just happens to house more than a dozen massage therapists and a team of talented aestheticians and nail technicians. The 5,200-square-foot space includes four single massage rooms, one couples massage room, and a Vichy shower to facilitate body treatments. In the Woodhouse four-handed massage, one of the spa's signature services, two therapists choreograph customized pressure and 20-finger shadow-puppet chorus lines. A team member can firm and tone facial skin with a proprietary Minkyti massage technique or pamper digits with a soothing hand treatment.
The spa's rich hardwood floors and accents and exposed stone and brick walls create a retreat-like ambiance, as does the relaxation room where guests can read a magazine while listening to a trickling water fountain. The retail area showcases certified natural and organic Naturopathica skincare products and items from the spa's activewear line, which was co-branded with Nike.
Epic Brow Bar specializes in emphasizing peepers. Technicians shape brows into perfect arches using steady hands, keen eyes, and the studio's signature Build Your Brow waxing technique. The visage revamp continues with handmade mink eyelash extensions applied to existing fringe one at a time. Epic also tints lashes and brows and offers other beauty services, including face and bikini waxes, facials, and makeup applications.
At Halo Suites Day Spa, guests don robes and slippers before experiencing a massage such as a hot-stone or prenatal session or a specialized sinus-relieving facial massage. Staffers can also skillfully wax away body hair, apply makeup, and perform various skin-rejuvenating facials.
After experimenting with artistic expression upon sketchpads and canvases, Krystal Burrell Armstrong found her preferred palette: an untouched complexion. The New Orleans native set about perfecting her craft by studying facial anatomy and advanced makeup techniques, earning her prestigious work with Disney and Sprite and for music mogul Kandi Burruss. The passionate and approachable makeup artist's services run the aesthetic gamut, including basic or bridal makeup applications, beauty personal shopping, and avant-garde makeup applications for fashion shows, costume parties, or driver's license photo shoots.