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.
Brandye Jagneaux draws on two decades of experience in the beauty industry to helm Salon Capelli Couture’s staff of hairstylists. She doesn’t need to watch them too closely, as each comes equipped with her own wealth of styling experience. Megan Louque counts herself among this team of experts. When she isn’t cutting hair into flattering shapes or brightening strands with partial or full highlights, she relaxes unmanageable kinks with keratin treatments, making sure not to splash the straightening formula on the curly fleur de lis designs that adorn the salon’s walls in tribute to Louisiana’s heritage. Sometimes, Megan’s love for local culture can be quite pronounced—she and her fellow stylists have been known to dye hair purple and gold for upcoming LSU football games.
The aestheticians and massage therapists at The Cabana Retreat pamper clients with a full array of facials, mani-pedis, and massages. Beauticians adroitly apply makeup and make nails gleam for special events, such as homecoming dances or live reenactments of E.T.. Equipped with haircare products from Paul Mitchell and Lanza, stylists help rejuvenate hair and restore its sheen.
Renew Day Spa houses a team of massage therapists and aestheticians that fawns over patrons throughout each massage and facial in a cornucopia of rejuvenating services. The staff focuses on building a clientele not by relying on grandiose d?cor but by establishing long-term relationships with customers. In addition to a lenient six-hour cancellation policy, Renew Day Spa promises a calm environment untouched by the noisy sound of cellphone/pager courtship rituals.
The aestheticians at Southern Tan and Wrap boost confidence with beauty-enhancing services such as airbrush tanning, facials, and microdermabrasion. They also employ the latest in scientific advances, such as infrared body wraps that contour physiques by burning up to 1,800 calories in 50-minute sessions while detoxifying, reducing cellulite, and rejuvenating the skin.
Inside the soothing surrounds of World of Wellness Day Spa, practiced pamperers coddle patrons with all manner of indulgent treatments aimed at revitalizing weary protoplasm and enhancing holistic health. During the refreshing massage-moisture facial, dingy mugs are scrubbed clean with water-based cleansers, blanketed in a restorative mask, and swaddled in an ambrosia of wrinkle- and acne-abating moisturizers. The procedure lasts 35–50 minutes, depending on skin condition, and exclusively employs products free of pore-clogging synthetic oils, parabens, and teenage angst.