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.
Pale skin takes steps toward warm bronze shades with every visit to L.A. Tanning. Guests can gild skin two different ways, neither of which involves lying out in the sun or taking a bath in melted crayons. Patrons relax in a standard tanning bed for 20 minutes or condense their session to nine minutes in the standup turbo unit, letting UV rays coax melanin to the surface. Three levels of airbrush services eschew the need for light, dousing skin with a mist of Norvell tanning solution. Clients can also add shimmery highlights to their appearance with the salon's selection of glitzy costume jewelry and swimwear.
At Tanfastic, customers attain sun-kissed glows with a variety of tanning services. For the month of unlimited tanning, clients can walk in at any time and tan for for 10, 12, 15, or 20 minutes, depending on their desired shade. Tanfastic offers both lie-down and standup Level 1 tanning, so customers can recline and unwind or stand at attention in case they need to suddenly flee from jealous sunrays. Alternatively, airbrush experts mist bodies with an even coat of organic Norvell tanning product that, unlike a bath in Sunkist, leaves skin with a natural-looking golden hue.
Fleur-de-lis accents pop up throughout the sage-green walls of Nola Salon & Tan and punctuate paintings of silhouetted saxophone players against Technicolor backdrops. After checking in at the curved reception desk, waiting clients can stretch out on plush sofas and quickly compose farewell poems to their split ends. Around the salon's perimeter, creamy, shabby-chic wainscoting supports gold-framed mirrors, where clients can watch their transformations as stylists carve and color tresses. UV tanning beds enhance less hirsute zones, waxing sessions remove peach fuzz from catsuits made of peach skin, and manicures add vibrancy to fingertips to boost their visibility when waving to overhead airplanes.
At Sans Soleil, certified airbrush technician Darlene Messina has improved on the sun's methods. She complements her clients' skin tone with custom organic and regular spray-tan solutions, which bypass the UV rays of tanning beds and the intrepid manta rays that interrupt beach basking. Whether she is misting bodies in her studio or mobilizing her services for bridal and birthday parties, Darlene aims for alluring head-to-toe coverage.