A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach 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.
When Double Take Artistry's owner Kindra applies make-up to a face, she's not trying to hide anything. Rather, she says make-up artistry is about trying to summon a person's true beauty, or the "self". She has continuously put this philosophy to use throughout her more-than-decade-long career in the makeup industry, even getting her work featured in magazines, television programs, commercials, and billboard advertisements. The highly-certified artist continues to help clients look their most beautiful and unique, whether they want a new image for their wedding day or are preparing for an appearance in Driver's License: The Movie.
Kindra usually starts a service by making sure she's working on the ideal canvas, combining waxing, chemical peels, and airbrush tanning to get the skin looking just so before she goes about applying make-up. Then, she sets to work with color and brush, outlining eyes so their natural color pops or, like a confession that you are the town's mysterious serial house TPer, adding just a bit of blush to the cheeks.
Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7–10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.
Staff members at Just Glow Tanning and Boutique take care to recommend tanning products from their onsite salon best suited to enhance sessions in their collection of beds made by California Tan, UWE, and Montego Bay. The boutique also sells bathing suits and trendy clothing to show off skin’s new golden hues.
Inside Tan Utopia’s salon, brightly colored bikinis hang from the wall next to other trendy clothing styles for sale, each reminding guests of the warm-weather places they’ll flaunt their new tans. But these tan-complementing clothes and accessories are just a bonus for clients after completing sessions in tanning beds or with UV-free applications. For guests who prefer formula-based tanning, the salon offers hand-painted sunless bronzing. Several brands of lotion and bronzer are also available to help ensure skin holds on to its new golden hue as long as it can.
At Tangible Tanning Salon, clients perform their own Superman-like transformations as they step inside a UV or spray-tan booth and emerge freshly glowing. The tanning salon hosts three levels of tanning in beds and booths that allow clients to tan standing up, lying down, or balancing on their heads. The Smart Tan–certified staff can help guests to choose the right equipment and tanning time with a skin-type analysis and pampering lotions from Designer Skin.