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.
For nine years, Shelynn McSwain has been highlighting her clients' features and smoothing skin to help them feel confident and beautiful. Inside her studio, Shelynn’s Esthetics, she creates fuller, longer lashes by applying eyelash extensions that remove the need for mascara. She also helps remove dead skin cells on the face with chemical peels and renders skin smooth by removing unwanted hair with warm, sticky wax. Shelynn can even tint brows to make them as expressive as a child who wants 15 ice creams.
Permanent-cosmetic specialist Lisa Thorne uses simulated hair strokes to enhance and define eyes and brows without the hassle of conventional makeup. At the spa, soft lighting, gentle music, and complimentary beverages set a tranquil mood as patrons arrive for their therapeutic treatments or beauty services. These services include haircare, nailcare, facials, waxes, and makeup applications.
Candie Knowles at Looks Unlimited provides a wide range of spa services. Her facials come in varieties such as Spa Beautiful and glycolic peel, and her diamond-peel dermabrasions and medical-grade microdermabrasions soften and renew skin. In addition to skincare, Candie provides waxing treatments and makeup applications.
Inside So Posh Spa, Kirsten spends her days creating new classic, cutting-edge, and sophisticated hairdos. She cuts and colors hair, and adds extensions for clients who wish for hair long enough to jump rope with. Kirsten's colleagues continue with the pampering with massages, facials, mani-pedis, and tanning sessions.
At Lasting Beauty, permanent cosmetic and body tattoo artist Debbie Eggiman enhances natural features with tasteful permanent makeup, saving clients uncounted hours of makeup application time. With more than 16 years of experience, the licensed cosmetic technician performs tattoos in a safe, clean environment.