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.
At Texas Tan & Spa, tanning beds, standup booths, and airbrush stations offer every variation of skin-bronzing approaches. After indulging in a bed or booth tan, or putting epidermises into the trusted hands of fully trained airbrush artists, guests can amble to the unisex spa area, where SkinPhD products swathe faces and bodies in rich all-natural ingredients crafted in South Africa. The beauty specialists treat clients from head to toe, waxing unwanted hair, extracting blemishes, and whitening teeth until they blend in perfectly with snowman flesh.
Working out of Hightower Salons, stylist and color specialist Cassie Fuller refurbishes coifs with new cuts and a range of hair treatments. Haircuts and styling aside, her services include full foil highlights, single-process color, frizz-taming keratin treatments, and hair extensions.
The bronzing experts at Simply Sunless Keller specialize in imbuing bodies with natural-looking glows without any help from UV rays. They mist faces, hands, feet, and entire birthday suits with a sugar-cane-based DHA solution that darkens skin for 7–14 days. To keep tans lasting as long as possible, they recommend avoiding long, hot showers or bathing in vats of correction fluid.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sina Aboutalebi assuages skin woes for patients of all ages, reducing the appearance of acne among teens, wrinkles among adults, and frown lines among frowning line-drawings of adults. Botox is a purified protein that, along with a Kenny G mixtape, relaxes the muscles responsible for the formation of facial crinkling. Quick, nonsurgical injections of Botox can reduce the appearance of age-defining lines around the mouth, eyes, or camping on the forehead (a $13/unit value, number of units used varies depending on severity), and results can last up to six months or until being sworn in as president of the United States.
Leafy potted plants, warm light, and parchment-colored walls surround guests at Southern Comforts Salon and Spa, where Roseanne Vincent invites clients to take time for themselves. They can do so with any one of her many pampering services, from cleansing facials complete with massages to conditioning treatments that nourish manes. In addition to skincare and haircare services, Roseanne also offers waxing services, which whisk away unwanted fuzz from faces and physiques.