A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Palm Beach Tan's Smart Tan–certified staff infuses road-weary body bark with youthful beauty using sunless spray tanning and red-light therapy. The patented Mystic HD System bronzes bods via a gentle, UV-free mist in the privacy of an individual chamber. After skin starts with a caressing primer from flowing heated air, automated airbrush sprayers then spritz the body with polarized tanning particles, whose magnetic attraction to skin ensures an evenly distributed glow free of streaks, creases, and the neon remnants of used rave glow sticks. Maximum bronze is in effect after 24 hours, but each tan will last up to six days. Mystic's tans are paraben free and packed with skin playmates such as açai and green tea to aid pelt health as well as appearance.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that sculpts wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. All cuts start with a soothing shampoo using Fantastic Sams' signature line of products. With today's deal, tired tresses will also be treated to a moisture-melding deep-conditioning treatment to seal in shine and undo dryness and damage from sandbox headstands. After stray strands are snipped away, the lush remaining locks are blown dry as hair is sculpted into an irresistibly manicured mane. Each of Fantastic Sams’ confidence-renewal centers is staffed with follicle fanatics who will whisk worries away with precision and kindness.
Glamour Nails’ attentive technicians prune digit-top gardens and mollycoddle extremities in a contemporary upscale boutique suited for wedding parties or parties of one. Amicable aestheticians apply OPI products to fingernails, clip cuticles, and massage hands (a $13 value), dipping the hard-working appendages into warm liquid paraffin, encouraging deeper absorption of emollients, essential oils, and the shock of overenthusiastic high-fives (a $5 value). Meanwhile, feet beat a hasty retreat from stress and coarseness with a pedi-massage and a gentle rubbing that whittles away calluses and excess skin. Keratin pruners then shape and polish toenails until they gleam like a waxed sunbeam (a $30 value). From fingernail to heel, the entire process takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
Brandye Jagneaux draws on two decades of experience in the beauty industry to helm Salon Capelli Couture’s staff of hairstylists. She doesn’t need to watch them too closely, as each comes equipped with her own wealth of styling experience. Megan Louque counts herself among this team of experts. When she isn’t cutting hair into flattering shapes or brightening strands with partial or full highlights, she relaxes unmanageable kinks with keratin treatments, making sure not to splash the straightening formula on the curly fleur de lis designs that adorn the salon’s walls in tribute to Louisiana’s heritage. Sometimes, Megan’s love for local culture can be quite pronounced—she and her fellow stylists have been known to dye hair purple and gold for upcoming LSU football games.
The aestheticians and massage therapists at The Cabana Retreat pamper clients with a full array of facials, mani-pedis, and massages. Beauticians adroitly apply makeup and make nails gleam for special events, such as homecoming dances or live reenactments of E.T.. Equipped with haircare products from Paul Mitchell and Lanza, stylists help rejuvenate hair and restore its sheen.