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.
Primos Barber Shop offers a variety of grooming services for men of all ages amid a retro-meets-recent atmosphere. After plopping down into a comfy, oversized barber chair, customers can sip on a complimentary beverage as expert scissor wielders tend to their scratchy scalp sweaters, starting with an American Crew shampoo. Necks and shoulders are then freed of tension with a relaxing massage after a trim or buzz frees hair of sticky wasp nests. Warm towels and Truefitt & Hill shaving cream soften the skin before faces are transformed into sleek visages with a straight-edge razor.
The wellness professionals at Body Mind Spirit Natural Health Care work with the intention of boosting all three aspects of vitality. They rejuvenate bodies with massages, wraps, and acupuncture while calming the mind with soothing hand movements and reassuring pats on the back. They restore wholeness to the spirit by lavishing clients with undivided attention, whether enveloping clients in steam tents or performing fully customized facials.
Sara Manis created Beauty Essence as a one-stop shop for beauty services. From basic pedicures to spellbinding prom hairstyles, her salon strove to meet its clients' each and every whim. Not one to sit idly, she soon added 10 new stylists and nail technicians in order to let guests choose from a wider selection of experts. Today, the salon's range of specialties has expanded to include hairstyling and coloring, updos, manicures, spa pedicures, and waxing on a service menu complete enough to refine clients getting ready for either a night out on the town or a night at home sitting in a gold-plated La-Z-Boy.
Hair gets a helping hand at Drama Salon Boutique, where experienced hair stylists perform a variety of hair treatments for clients of several different needs. The staff also offers services with filing , buffing and polishing nails, and also condition cuticles and save distressed skin with a conditioning mask. Mitts and booties cover hands and feet to help moisture soak deeper into the skin so hands can be watered less frequently.
Hemi Day Spa specializes in technologically enhanced treatments that address problem areas and signs of aging on both the face and body with little pain, side effects, or downtime. The trained staff mans a fleet of high-tech devices, such as the Derma Pod, which delivers exfoliating microdermabrasions; the Presojet, a set of inflatable bands that presses and decompresses around the body to purge toxins; and the Thermojet, which sends infrared light rays deep into bodies to speed up the body's metabolism of unwanted curves. The spa's services enhance natural beauty without a time-consuming recovery period or painful, invasive methods, such as liposuction surgery or peacock-feather transplants.