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.
A vibrant lineup of nail-polish bottles sparkles against a backdrop of warm, red walls at Solar Nails, where talented nail techs are equipped with a rainbow of OPI colors. A row of massage chairs sets the scene at the pedicure station, where nail artists treat feet to a sudsy bath before trimming cuticles and painting toenails. Instead of baskets filled with burning leaves, teardrop-shaped light fixtures illuminate the manicure tables as techs enhance nails with no-chip polish, UV gel fills, or acrylic sets. The salon also welcomes kids to accompany their parents and get toes and fingers pampered at a discounted rate.
HCS Medspa offers a wide assortment of rejuvenating treatments such as Venus Freeze, Dermapen Microneedling, HydraFacials, Botox, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels, Surface-Vein treatments, and High-Definition Laser Liposuction. From skin tightening to nail fungus removal, they use advanced technology and innovative treatments to improve appearance and wellness. Whether looking for subtle changes or head-to-toe makeovers, HCS Medspa can create a customize program to suit an individual's needs.
Von's Nails' clients are greeted to large smorgasbords of color polishes. On the walls, large prints display sparkly toenails and a woman with tidily shaped brows. Amid these decorative accents, skilled nail technicians administer therapeutic mani-pedis, adorn digits with elegant French tips, and exile unwanted hair with specialty waxing. The nail salon also abides by strict health guidelines, using hospital-grade solvents and pedicure baths of hot chicken noodle soup.
Like a bartender expertly shaking a blend of liquors and bitters into a martini, Salon Julette owner Amber Leigh meticulously blends several conditioners into the hair-smoothing solution at the core of her Hairtini treatments. The conditioner rests on hair for 5?10 minutes at the start of a three-step procedure, which includes a leave-in conditioner and oil whose color-locking ingredient reduces frizz and adds shine.
Hairtinis are one of many services conducted around the salon's five stations and three bubbling shampoo fountains. Amber and her team can reshape hairdos with cuts and perms or tint locks with natural color using Paul Mitchell products, which are on sale at Salon Julette along with products from Verb and Affinage.
Brands Used: Unite and Pureology
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Jennifer Stockdale has completed Redken and TIGI color classes, as well as learned trade secrets from celebrity makeup artist James Ryder. She puts this extensive education to use pampering clients with classic and cutting-edge haircuts and coloring techniques. The multi-talented stylist doesn?t just apply her expertise to hair, though?she also waxes off unsightly fuzz on upper lips and eyebrow regions, as well as expertly applies makeup for days at the office or nights on the town.