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.
Knockouts, a guy-centric salon that's been featured on The Today Show, redefines the modern barbershop by rewarding its clients with sleek, quality cuts. The 25- to 30-minute Heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, cut, rinse, and styling according to personal preferences or a cutout picture of your favorite Sunday comic. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford." Knockouts Haircuts for Men's dècor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher and more refined when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and high-quality service round out a modern take on the classic barbershop experience.
ChiroPlus Clinics realigns spines and diminishes aches and pains with complete chiropractic services and massage therapy. Clients relax in large, comfortable private treatment rooms, discussing any health issues or concerns with an experienced doctor before a neurological wellness exam (a $180 value). Two x-rays explore the vitality of vertebrae, as well as outline findings to inform patients of any neurological abnormalities and discuss further treatment options. Highly trained therapist Courtney Trautman then tends to bodies with a 30-minute deep-tissue massage custom-tailored to individual needs (a $30 value). Chiropractic care and massage are thought to bring about many health benefits, and the session may help relieve general discomfort or back and neck pain brought on by carpal tunnel syndrome, pregnancy, sciatica, or excessive Slip 'N Sliding.
Style is everywhere inside Salon Purple. It's here that Salon Purple's staff creates their own works of art, cutting and coloring hairstyles that would make Mr. Clean shed a bleach-scented tear. Their hands and scissors are guided by ongoing education classes and an advanced color-training program, which all stylists complete. The experts consult closely with clients to design the perfect look, and they do whatever they can to make visits enjoyable. That might mean pouring a cup of Starbucks Coffee or putting on some music.
The sum of all these parts makes Salon Purple a premier destination for stylish haircuts, colors, and nail services. At salon chairs, stylists run through the complete lineup of Pravana Professional Services, including Keratin Fusion Texture Control Treatments and ChromaSilk Hair Color. As a Pravana Elite Salon, Salon Purple relies on professional products straight from Pravana's signature line, including sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners made with natural botanicals.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.