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 of 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 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 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.
Arlington Heights' Bronze Tan earns high marks among choosy tanners for its Smart Tan–certified staff, its modern standup and lie-down beds, and high-quality Australian Gold and Designer Skin lotions. Where Bronze Tan truly excels, though, is in its cleanliness. To ensure that no germs remain, staffers use hospital-grade sanitizer on every bed after every use. They also maintain a strict daily cleaning routine for the treatment rooms, bathrooms, and lobby that have earned them high praise from both the health department and Mary Poppins.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, L.A. Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or VersaSpa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
Havana Tan opened the doors to fill a void at Woodfield Mall after noticing the lack of tanning services in the area. The mall houses two hair salons and two nail salons ... but the tanning demographic was overlooked. Havana Tan completes this local mecca as truly a one-stop shop for all of your vanity needs.
Suburban Beach Tan beautifies clients with services that tan skin, groom body hair, whiten teeth, and spruce up nails. The salon houses multiple types of tanning beds such as the S3F Ultra, as well as airbrush-tan equipment. A certified waxing technician rids arms and brows of unwanted hair and aestheticians enhance nails with no-chip polish and acrylic tips or platinum thimbles.
Laura B Salon’s owner, Melissa Pounds—who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington—helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ’dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.
Tan 999 Unlimited helps clients stay bronzed with state-of-the-art equipment. MyMyst Mystic Tan spray booths coat bodies with golden tanning spray, which yields a long-lasting and healthy-looking bronze skin tone. Tan 999 also offers vertical and lie-down booths with various wattage settings, allowing clients to get darker, cleaner-looking tans in less time.