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.
Lotus Hair Spa's certified stylists have made their beauty-bones during decades of experience in the cosmetology industry and will use all their expertise to meticulously manage your mane with a haircut and TIGI and Alterna products. Before a single scissor snips, though, the stylists will caress some of the body's most sensitive skin with a scintillating scalp massage that sometimes causes recipients to break out in involuntary opera singing. A brow shaping streamlines your eye caterpillars, significantly decreasing the likelihood of being mistaken for the Swedish Chef. The softly lit salon's sand-toned walls, decorative dark-wood furniture, and live bamboo shoots create a tranquil backdrop for an epidermal experience as calming as a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman.
Soft Touch Electrolysis & Spa's aestheticians cleanse and purge skin during transformative facials, helping clients custom-pamper their mugs. The Soft Touch facial supplements a deep cleanse, renewing exfoliation, hydrating steam, and face mask with a relaxing massage. The extraction-focused, practically medicinal Clarifying facial yields inestimable benefits for acne-prone, congested, or raccoon-infested skin. The Anti-Aging facial twists the hands of time behind its back and forces that fourth dimension to cry uncle, nourishing façades with a multivitamin peel and an array of antioxidant-infused treatments. Each facial lasts 60 minutes, just long enough to erase signs of dullness, breakouts, and misfired toothpaste.
For the past six years, Megan Seech has been taking care of fingers and toes, tending to nails whether they be natural, acrylic, or forged from chiclets and superglue. Basic manicures and pedicures with OPI polishes leave nails looking healthy and strong, but both may be upgraded with glitter polish or Shellac—a special formula made to resist chips and nicks. Her passion for helping others feel beautiful has inspired Megan to pursue her cosmetology degree, and she soon hopes to add hairstyling and makeup services to her beauty repertoire.
Vogue Hair Salon's experienced stylists snip, shape, and accentuate hair of all dispositions with skills gleaned from Vidal Sassoon training. A bounty of services await any follicle need, from expertly-executed cuts ($35+ for women; $20+ for men) to intricate updos ($45+), perfect for weddings, proms, or more formal monster mashes. Tresses left brittle and dry from the stresses of a well-coiffed life can take a replenishing dip in a deep-conditioning treatment ($25), while hair seeking bolder changes can shift hues with Vogue’s coloring services ($55+) or add length with extensions ($6/strand). The soft undulations of permanent waves ($60–$110) make it easy for strands to emulate oceans or other disturbances that travel through space and time.
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.