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.
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.
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.
Darkness and empty space stretch to infinity, and your increasingly visceral thoughts seem to expand to fill it up. Of course, the actual space inside Drop of Calm's sensory-deprivation tank isn't endless; it's actually quite cozy, small enough to "play a bit of pong with yourself bouncing from wall to wall." But as clients float on the surface of the Epsom salt–infused, body-temperature water inside, they may as well be floating weightlessly beyond the solar system's distant Oort cloud for all the peace and quiet they're afforded during relaxation sessions.
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.