A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Automated Spa is a futuristic relaxation atmosphere 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.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.
The staff at Electric Sun Tanning Salon facilitates hue transformations with a full range of UV-tanning beds and sunless spray services accented by tropical murals and décor. During Level 1 or 2 Mystic Tans, nozzles swivel and coat bodies evenly from head to toe in a dermis-darkening formula. Mystic sessions help avoid UV rays and the sun’s vengeful glares when you ask the moon out for coffee.
Steven Sobel Salon provides all the necessities for an image-altering salon experience, which is why it was voted one of Elle magazine’s Top 100 Salons in the United States. A women’s haircut and style ($55+) provides an opportunity to slice and dice bangs and work the rest of a coiffure into preened perfection. Men ($35+) and kids ($20) can also have a session in the spinny chairs for a cut by one of Sobel’s scissor ninjas. Other styling options, such as updos ($50+), are available for defying gravity during upside-down proms. The salon’s coloring catalog offers single-process sessions ($60+), partial highlights ($90+), gloss ($35), and conditioning treatments ($20) to cover all quick changes. Anti-curl treatments ($95+) act as a peace accord between stubbornly twisty locks and sensible scalps, effectively ending years of trade embargos.
Glamour Therapy's artistic doyen, Natalie Chosa, wields her talent and aesthetic knowledge with skill, earning her the trust of heads such as John Goodman, Brad Paisley, and Jason Lee. Specializing in sculpting coiffeurs and painting facial canvases to complement her subjects' lifestyles, Natalie will conduct a consultation to determine the most suitable service for each client. If a client is stranded on an island of dead ends, the masterful stylist will unsheathe her scissors and tame unruly manes for men ($40) and women ($60). With a proper makeup application ($75), skeletal masks can accentuate their natural cheek and jaw lines to lead the eye to their most radiant feature: glow-in-the dark teeth. For those with unwanted brow shrubbery, a precision tweezing will mold stray hairs into pristine arches, great for crossing flooded eye ponds ($25).