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.
With six years of experience, licensed aesthetician Valerie Telford loves to help her clients achieve beautiful skin by personalizing her services to the needs of her clients in order to achieve optimal results. At her soothing boutique skincare studio, she offers custom organic facials with natural enzymes, deeply exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments, and refreshing chemical peels using Epionce products, which she also distributes. In the spirit of the season, Pampered Skin Care also offers a pumpkin enzyme peel, perfect for invigorating skin on a chilly autumn morning. In addition to skincare, clients can bronze their bodies with paraben-free spray tans or exfoliate and hydrate their body with seaweed body wraps.
Hair lacks the opposable thumbs to cut itself, but Cuttin' Loose picks up the slack with bold hair services. As natural light pours in through full-wall front windows, skilled stylists chisel out voluminous layers and gild locks with highlights. Guests may also solicit one of the salon's aestheticians for a swift facial wax or permanent makeup consultation.
Acrylic sculpted nails, hair extensions such as heat fusion, beads, and on the scalp, and Brazilian blowouts. These are just a few of the signature beauty treatments licensed cosmetologist and beauty expert Kim Gilbertson is certified to perform. For the past 10 years, Kim has revamped men and women with everything from cuts and color treatments to real human-hair extensions. Yet, she doesn’t stop at the obvious elements—she also lengthens and volumizes lashes with synthetic, mink, or polyester extensions and adds semi-permanent mascara for lower lashes lasting for roughly two weeks.
Facial Impressions Permanent Cosmetics & Training simplifies the beautification process with a diverse array of permanent-makeup services. A licensed technician with more than a dozen years of experience can makeover mugs by accentuating brows or lining lips or eyes or restore areolae with permanent pigments. And for clients interested in venturing into the art of permanent makeup, Facial Impressions offers classes to help them learn and fine-tune their skills.