A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach A 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 three levels of UV beds and an organic, FDA-approved spray-tanning solution at their hands, the Smart Tan–certified staff at Coconutz Tanning Spa can create a customized tanning regimen to match nearly any skin type or desired level of darkness. The salon’s UV beds contain up to 56 bulbs that bronze skin, and optional high-pressure tanners show embarrassing home videos to quickly add color to faces. The spray tan’s natural, organic ingredients diffuse across skin in a hand-sprayed mist, imbuing your body with a summery sheen that lasts five or more days. When the golden mist clears, shelves stocked with a lineup of sunless-tanning and tan-enhancing lotions come into view. These specially formulated products further darken the skin’s hue and protect it from drying out with added moisturizers.
With a dedicated team of experienced stylists, DeZining Shearz helps clients reach their beauty goals with a variety of professional salon services, such as hair coloring, bridal styles, waxing, and permanent cosmetics. Treat the whole clan to a collective head-fluff makeover with modern cuts for each man ($22), woman ($35), and child ($15) still unable to make eye contact with the pantomime-themed family portrait on the mantle. Keep colored tresses vibrant with a quick touchup treatment ($45) or sport trendy new pigments with a full-noggin color application ($60). Professionally administered perms ($60+) transform lifeless locks into tufts of coiled radiance and neck-lapping waviness sure to outshine any collection of powdered wigs. DeZining Shearz is open Monday–Saturday. Customers are serviced in a clean, comfortable setting with a front-row view of the contemporary artwork-lined waiting room.
The licensed aestheticians at Essentials Medi Spa transform dermis into dazzling canvasses with customized facials in a luxurious, discreet setting. During the European facial, a skin savior cleanses and tones skin with nurturing lotions and potions specifically targeted for individual skin types and newly acquired Zodiac traits. Fall into a deep sleep as a facialist massages your sensory switchboard and hands. For an additional $25, Essentials Medi Spa upgrades the treatment to include extractions and a warming hand-and-foot treatment. Essentials Medi Spa hocks an arsenal of professional skin care products from the likes of Obagi, SkinMedica, Jane Iredale, and more.
Signature Service: Hair, skin care and massage therapy
Brands Used: Dermalogica skin care, Bracado, AG and Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Good for Kids: Yes
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
Not using the right products for their hair type. Heat and style protection is one of the keys to beautiful, healthy hair.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
A quiet, friendly, and relaxing environment. We also offer a variety of complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments while our guests enjoy their stay.
What other services do you offer besides haircuts?
Color services, updos for that special event or nights on the town, perms, relaxers, waxing, skin care and massage therapy.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We also offer spa parties for groups of up to five.