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.
South Beach Tanz is a full-service bronzery equipped with a full lineup of modern beds and Australian Gold’s airbrush tanning system. The jolly, knowledge-laden staff focus on making the tanning experience as enjoyable as possible for each customer, and for the skin that keeps each customer shaped like a human. Spend a month ripening beneath the golden glances of the level one, level two, or level three tanning beds. Or, a trained airbrusher can help you ripen by spraying your dermis with an organic, aloe-based solution, creating a fresh-off-the-beach glow without letting the sun know where you’ve been hiding.
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.
Wendy worked at a spray-tanning salon in California before her husband's Air Force career brought them to Louisiana. Rather than spend time working for someone else, she decided to open her own mobile spray tanning business—Sun on the Run. Armed with South Seas' dye-free and chemical-free products in tow, she brings tanning solution to Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, and Shreveport. Once she sets up shop, she takes protective measures to prevent overspray in client's homes, crafts custom tans for each individual, and tops off the skin with optional bronzers and shimmer drops. While tans set, Wendy will touch them up if they have any unsightly smudges or secret messages.
Established: 2013 Reservations/Appointments: Required Handicap Accessible: No Staff Size: 2?10 people Parking: Parking lot Most popular service: Eyelash extensions Brands Used: Synthetic mink
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed? Certified lash artists individually place lash extensions on your existing lashes. Touch-ups should be performed after two or three weeks.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease? Comfortable waiting area and comfortable, elegant surroundings.
Skin Tonz Tanz preps clients for days at the beach. Both traditional and standup beds grant skin a summery glow, while spray-tanning services impart rich color without UV rays. But the salon doesn't stop there?it also offers merchandise and apparel for sunbathers. Shelves are full of bright tank tops printed with cheeky statements and dresses that double as chic cover-ups. The boutique also stocks a supply of household decor, and custom-embroiders clothing to ensure closets stay properly notarized.