A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Amanda MacDougall, owner of Saving Grace Hair Studio and graduate of Avant Garde, helms a seasoned staff, which includes a retro-hairstyle enthusiast and a makeup artist trained at the prestigious Blanche MacDonald Centre. When she isn't tending to the needs of her clients, she educates on behalf of L’anza Healing Haircare and travels the world, bringing back knowledge and visage-enhancing tools for her fellow stylists. Amanda strives to keep her services up to date by using the latest products and tools, such as Brazilian Blowout and the Ultrasonic Beaute Infared Iron, which applies keratin treatments without heat damage, changes the molecular structure of the hair, and seals in moisture laundered from Poseidon’s oceanic account.
Stylist and Streaks Salon co-owner Daydre Eastwood believes in the confidence-boosting power of a great hairdo. She and her stylists stay up-to-date on the newest techniques, offering guests traditional and cutting-edge ways to update their look with haircuts, color, and styling services. They harness a wide range of professional products to help make hair look and feel great, including vegan Pureology shampoos and conditioners and non-comedogenic, allergy-sensitive Glo Minerals products, which are not tested on animals. Streaks Salon's aestheticians, meanwhile, pamper guests with nail services, facials, waxing, and VersaSpa spray tans. And if a paraffin wax treatment isn't enough to leave a guest relaxed, they can indulge in a massage?the salon's massage therapists are proficient in deep-tissue, myofascial, and shiatsu techniques.
As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.
Blond-hued brick walls serve as a minimalist backdrop inside Tomoko Shima’s eponymous hair salon and reverberate with the owner and stylist’s cutting-edge styling techniques. After studying cosmetology and makeup in Tokyo and Osaka for five years, Tomoko crossed the globe to establish salons in New York City. Each hair service harnesses products including Unite Eurotherapy, which eschews such hair-damaging ingredients as sulfates, parabens, and casting calls for bubblegum. The brimming shelves also parade hair color from Davines, and lemongrass shampoo unleashes the herb's complex citric bouquet. Along with traditional haircuts and coloring, Tomoko also calls upon the increasingly popular japanese straightening technique.
Creations Salon owner Lynnell Darby leads a staff of experienced stylists in cutting, coloring, and coiffing tresses with acclaimed salon products that include Paul Mitchell and Pureology. Clients kick back and savor a complimentary beverage as their hair basks in deep hydration alongside skin-flattering color or dimension-boosting highlights before the strand sculpting begins. Unlike the copycat styles and unyielding salad bowls used in a typical salon, Creations' stylists approach each head of tresses as a unique canvas, taking both fashion trends and individual face shape into account to forge a one-of-a-kind style.