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.
At Signature Dental, Dr. Matt Kooyman and his staff strive for utmost patient comfort during the full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. He uses soft-tissue lasers to recontour gum lines, reducing the bleeding and recovery time of metal blades, and Diagnodent lasers to reveal tooth decay, which, like a middle child’s birthday, can be easily overlooked.
In order to help minimize patient discomfort and set patients at ease, Dr. Kooyman’s quiet electric handpieces reduce much of the whir and buzz of air-driven dental equipment. A television and headphones in the operatory further block out ambient dental noises while the operatory’s massaging dental chair kneads out muscle kinks.
SmileLabs of Meridian specializes in the optimization of smiles using a sophisticated in-office whitening system. Technicians inaugurate sessions by having patients paint teeth with gel using an Applia-Brush, then hasten its stain-busting skills with activating beams from the FDA-approved Infinity Pro SL Whitening Accelerator. The virtually painless treatments can lighten grins up to eight shades, with results lasting for a year or more if patients practice proper maintenance and abstain from chewing on printer-ink cartridges.
Dr. Lon McRae mitigates dental dilemmas with an anxiety assuaging environment and expert care. The dental cleaning includes a thorough exam, bitewing x-rays, and a basic preventative prophylaxis cleaning. While undergoing chew-box maintenance, patients can use personal movie glasses to watch 500 channels. If further dental deeds are required, this Groupon can be combined with insurance to foot the bill. A take-home bleach whitening kit blanches teeth lighter than a pair of unsunned thighs covered in vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Pedicures,
full set acrylic
Brands Used: EzFlow IBD just gel polish, OPI
Pro Tip: book 1 day in advance if possible
Kimberly Ferebee, Hairspray Salon & Spa's resident nail technician, works alongside her aesthetician sister and a crew of stylists to beautify every client who walks through her door. While others work in mirrored stations and leather chairs, Kimberly's domain consists of the couches reserved for pedicures. There, she buffs, polishes, and paints her customers' nails as they lean back, enveloped in plush cushions. She enhances every service?even acrylic fill-ins?with a complimentary massage, leaving guests as relaxed as sleepy puppy who just can't keep his eyes open after a long day of work.
If Ginny Patterson's appointment book is blacked out, it's possible she's coiffing models in a major metropolis. Though Patterson calls Meridian home, she travels across the United States on behalf of P&G Professional Care as a top trainer for the company's Wella and Sebastian lines. Patterson dabs models with makeup for fashion shoots, coifs hair for student audiences, and primps Miss America candidates for swimsuit and water-wing competitions. When she's at home in Salon G, Patterson performs the same services for locals, calling upon more than 30 years of experience in hair and makeup artistry. A septet of beauty professionals joins her at Salon G, exercising skills in aesthetics, nailcare, and haircare to help clients achieve desired looks. In addition to standard salon services, the specialists enhance curls with texturing services, address scalp conditions with Penetraitt treatments, and dress up nails with airbrushed designs, bling, or feathers.