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.
Southern Exposure Tanning Center gilds skins with 18 tanning units, including a red-light-therapy bed. Beds offer four levels of UV tanning, and an automated Mystic Tan spray booth mists hides in a matter of minutes. To assist with these options, the shop’s Smart Tan–certified staff stands by ready to discuss the differences between UV and sunless tanning, as well as the benefits of accelerators, HCG, vitamin B drops, and skincare products.
Armed with advanced tanning beds and a seasoned stress evictor, Solace's staff can imbue meat suits with a golden glow and invigorate worn muscles with a soothing massage. In the month of unlimited tanning sessions, guests can get acquainted with the Standing Ovation level-5 vertical tanning bed. Using turbo-powered UV lamps and a silent cooling system, hue hunters can quickly and comfortably bronze their hides while the 3-D sound system plays their favorite music or recitation of the Constitution. Meanwhile, shaky bone boxes in need of muscular alignment can opt for the 90-minute hot-stone massage. With this treatment, customers unwind in a soothing environment as Solace's licensed therapist arrays water-heated stones along the body to warm up tense backs, which lends to deeper-felt relaxation sensations and an alternate surface for defrosting TV dinners.
Tan du Soleil's dedication to bronzing limbs is part of Axiom Fitness's broader program of making bodies looks healthy and toned. Each of Axiom's three locations host a shop that effectively serves as the sun's kissing booth, primarily filled with Ergoline UV beds that colour skin on four levels. Mystic Tan spray booths sidestep UV rays entirely in favour of gentle bronzer, and a stock of premium-brand lotions deepen and sustain a golden glow begot by a variety of methods, excepting Midas's touch.
Armed with 30 hours of training from powerhouse hair academy Toni&Guy, licensed aesthetician and cosmetologist Kasey Hight of Visual Effects Salon and Spa revamps lackluster hair with styling and coloring services. After an in-depth consultation, Kasey builds a unique look for each client, shaping head threads into fashionable coiffures or wielding 20 hours of Big Sexy Hair training to amplify volume. She’ll then brandish Redken color products to brighten manes with partial or full highlights, eschewing the need for Christmas-light weaves.