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 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.
Colorlocks' expert hair strengtheners and shaders build body in flat manes with the Awapuhi hair treatment, named Best Wave Enhancer in Allure magazine's 2010 Best of Beauty awards. A stylist will de-kink coifs, turning frizzy nests into waves silky and smooth enough to inspire a jealous slam ballad by Michael Bolton. Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi products wrangle wild ginger to daintily deck strands with greater volume and well-defined waves. Though not included in this Groupon, Awapuhi shampoos and rinses are available for at-home use, so manes can retain their beachy billows without sleeping in conch-shell curlers.
Skin 2 Love's mission is right in the name: to help clients achieve a complexion they'll adore. To that end, the staff of skilled aestheticians performs customized, cleansing facials, and employ fruit enzymes to exfoliate and promote healthy glows. As non-literal frosting on the cake, they can also tint brows and lashes, or wax away unwanted hair. Whether guests seek a quick treatment or a more leisurely spa day, Skin 2 Love's private rooms and cool, neutral-toned decor help set a relaxing mood.
The modern decor inside Head Games Salon mirrors the contemporary looks that clients receive while under the deft care of the salon's professional stylists. During salon treatments ranging from basic trims to full-color treatments, strands are smothered with Eufora products, an aloe-based addition to the salon's beautifying arsenal. The Eufora line shows a commitment to both Head Games's clients and the environment, since the styling products strengthen hair with a blend of botanical extracts instead of wigs carved from a petrified forest.