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.
At locations in Colleyville and Watauga, Universal Threading Salon & Spa's technicians twist lengths of cotton thread to pull out unwanted facial hair from the root. Threading isn't the only beauty technique borrowed from ancient Eastern traditions: they decorate visitors' hands with the intricate, lacy henna designs known as mehndi. Along with dressing up arms, they relax hands by rendering stress-melting massages or slowly easing your grip off the jackhammer. Microdermabrasion and Dermalogica facials further underscore the spa's dedication to smooth, glowing skin, which can complement the application of lash extensions or permanent makeup.