As Caressa Weathers styles hair, a blond bombshell supervises. Portraits of Marilyn Monroe dot the walls of Hair and Nail Station, gazing down as stylists create hairstyles reminiscent of her comely curls, or create dramatically different looks with shears, coloring treatments, and texturizing services.
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.
It was her own daughter's struggle with skin allergies that inspired Tracie Slough to enter the skincare profession. Not wanting to depend on steroids to keep the rashes in check, Tracie did some research and found another way to help her daughter—as a licensed aesthetician. Today, she puts that same amount of passion into helping her clients look their best. From among her many services, she minimizes the appearance of redness or hyperpigmentation with specialized facials, and practices waxing techniques that yield minimal pain and a lot of hair.
Sixteen years in the hair industry means a lot of scissor time, bowls of hair dye, and pin curls. That is Sonia Padilla’s world. As a master stylist and color specialist who keeps up with current techniques, she transforms clients’ hair into chic styles and executes trends from simple bobs to vibrant red coifs and blunt bangs. Her keratin treatments leave hair soft, shiny, and smooth, and her updos prepare clients for proms and half-birthday parties.