In winter, the sun spends days hidden behind gray clouds, but clients of Always Tan & Skin Care stay glowing and bronzed. Voted Best Tanning Salon by viewers of NewsChannel 11 and users of KCBD and continually placed at the top in the Best of Lubbock awards by readers of Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the spacious tanning center is home to five levels of tanning beds. These powerful sunlight simulators hum within private rooms while elsewhere in the salon VersaSpa booths spray bodies with custom, sunless DHA formulas to create a natural-looking, moisturizing tan. In addition to shade alterations, Always Tan offers beautifying services such as teeth whitening and reinvigorating red-light facials.
Before their sessions, guests relax in the salon's elegant lobby, where a glimmering chandelier illuminates cushy chairs and pillows. Spread across the walls, shelves hold a rainbow of colorfully packaged lotions and skincare products so patrons can keep up their skincare routines at home.
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.
From eyelash extensions to manicures and pedicures, the Modern Nails & Lashes team literally beautifies clients from head to toe. After a waxing treatment, facial, or massage, clients relax in the pale green and blue pedicure area, which is bordered by a wood trellis woven with branch-like sculptures. Complimentary WiFi waves perform invisible ballets through the air as nail techs dole out free pedicures to children 5 and younger—available in conjunction with their parents' services.
Delijah Salon & Boutique offers beauty treatments, clothing, and accessories, all in the name of keeping its clients looking stylish and chic. Hair services include keratin smoothing treatments, haircuts for men and women, and color services. Facials and waxing keep skin looking healthy and feeling smooth, and custom organic spray tans keep paleness at bay and give bodies a from-the-beach glow. There's also a boutique that features fashion and accessories as well as beauty products such as OPI lotions and nail polish.
At Michelle's Salon, professional stylists, licensed massage therapists, and skilled aestheticians treat clients to beautifying and stress-reducing skin treatments, massages, and hairstyling. Scissor wielders transform scalps into wearable works of art with highlights, deep conditioning, and styling, and skin specialists cleanse pores, reduce signs of aging, and remove unwanted follicles with facials and waxing.
Affinity Salon’s team of licensed specialists consults closely with clients to ensure they get exactly what they want out of their hair, makeup, and nail services. To complete makeovers, they also offer lash extensions and tinting, eyebrow waxing and dying, and teeth-whitening treatments.