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.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
When Steffani Kemp thinks about her future, she can't imagine being in a place where she isn't beautifying nails with manicures, pedicures, and artful applications of polish. Her online portfolio includes creative nail designs that pay homage to cupcakes, holidays, cartoon characters, animals, and entire novels by Proust. Steffani’s services include manicures and pedicures that she upgrades with french tips and chip-resistant gel polish. All of Steffani's pedicures include a foot massage, and she also offers seasonal services such as lemon manicures and pumpkin pedicures.
Christina Love looks at her 35 years in hydrotherapy as not only a career path, but a personal investment. Years ago, cleansing colonics helped her to overcome a drawn-out battle with cancer, and the experience inspired her to help others reach a higher level of health. Nowadays, she practices her holistic therapy as the resident hydrotherapist of Hands on Health. She draws on her extensive colonic experience and combines other therapies, such as herbology, meditation, and oriental medicine, to proper digestive health, which is critical to overall wellness and hotdog eating contests.
Licensed aesthetician Louise Rhodes loves to make clients feel great. Her favorite moment is at the end of treatment, when she gets to see the pleased expression on clients' faces as they see promising results. Along with facial treatments and body wraps, she provides waxing services, brow and eyelash tinting, and reflexology.