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.
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.
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.
Stubborn fat—that's what the staff at Sexy Lipo Idaho targets. And excising this fat doesn't involve knives, needles, or bendy straws. Instead, ultrasonic liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to painlessly penetrate the skin's surface. These ultrasonic waves perforate the membranes of fat cells, prodding them to release their contents so the body can burn them off. These treatments can stand alone or be incorporated into a weight-loss plan that includes lifestyle and diet changes.
Naked Beach Tanning bronzes bodies with a combination of 10 tanning beds and UV-free spray tanning. Two locations in Meridian and Boise feature beds that suit every skin tone via standup or lay-down machinery. They also provide three customizable levels of California Tan sunless spray tans, which mimic the results of a tropical vacation or baths in melted copper-colored crayons during one-minute treatments.