The licensed and trained team at Glow Hair Salon & Spa transforms exteriors with quality products in a classic yet contemporary atmosphere. Inside the salon, stylists create new looks with cuts, highlights, and straightening services featuring the botanically based Pureology line. Spa specialists reinvigorate skin with anti-aging facials for both men and women and employ glo therapeutics formulas during custom peels, which exfoliate away dead skin cells accidentally accumulated during late-night séances. Massage therapists soothe weary muscles within the electric-blue walls of Glow's new location, whose grand opening was celebrated in late 2011. Glittering chandeliers and an antique-style dresser juxtapose harmoniously with modern black leather sofas that harbor a secret love of big-band music.
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 of 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 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 Tanfastic, the scene is set for customers to fake a beach vacation. Fronds of palm trees rustle, teal walls are colored like the ocean, and staff members make shushing sounds that mimic the ocean's waves. Customers seeking UV tanning can recline in one of the salon's beds or in a standup booth, where circulating air keeps them cool. Those who shun UV rays completely can get a natural-looking tan in the Mystic Tan spray-tan booth.
Members of Bella Women?s Fitness gain access to the women-only gym 24 hours a day, allowing them to meet with their personal trainer or soak up heat in the sauna at all hours. The gym, designed to be as convenient, comfortable, and bee-free as possible, stocks its earth-colored walls with cardio machines paired with plasma TVs, free weights, and stability balls. Guests work out on those machines alongside a personal trainer or on their own, or they can feed off the enthusiasm of a small group during yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes. After working out, guests revel in the comforts in the locker room, which includes personal showers, a sauna, tanning booths, and an aesthetician.
Alamo Barber & Beauty is a salon and beauty-supply-store hybrid, one of the most gorgeous crossbreeds since the hammerhead shark. Alamo's salon, Oh Nine Hair Studio, is a full-service stop for head-shaping and styling, and the bountiful beauty store stocks one of the largest collections of professional products in San Antonio, catering to the needs of expert appearance authorities and recreational primpers alike.