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.
With its wide array of salon and day spa services, Aperio Salon beautifies clients from head to toenail. In the salon, stylists create polished new styles, color hair, and add extensions. Aestheticians treat skin with hot stones, aromatherapy, a skin brightening system, or a multivitamin treatment that relieves skin from the effects of falling asleep in too many bowls of potato chips. Massage therapists also use hot stones in their treatments, which can include gliding and relaxing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue techniques that target tenser areas.
The mother-daughter team behind Creme de la Creme cossets visages in a salon and spa space marked by accenting French decor. When they're not pampering individual clients with haircuts, facials, and massages, they're throwing specialized parties and group getaways for all manner of clients, from kids to bachelorettes to coworkers. They also keep the onsite boutique stocked with shiny Swarovski crystals, glistening handbags, and rhinestone clothing to accommodate any client who wants to ride a bicycle home in style safely, at night, through a sea of paparazzi.
Within the office of cosmetic surgeons Dr. Knight and Dr. Sanders, an expert team of skin bronzers gilds pallid forms using the all-natural Bronze Biologic spray-tan formula. During the 15-minute treatment, technicians airbrush an even glow over epidermal nooks and crannies without harmful chemicals, dyes, or additives. The natural ingredients allow humans to eschew the harmful UV rays of traditional sun tanning, and produce an instant radiance that can last 7–10 days, eliminating the need to travel with an entourage of glow sticks.
The trained nail technicians at The Lavender Shoppe put their appendage expertise to use in a calm, spa-centric environment. Treat cruddy claws to a relaxing spa mani-pedi, which keeps keratin shields thoroughly buffed and ready for battle. From the relaxation-inducing confines of a dimly lit room, an aesthetician will cajole cuticles and shape fingernails before shellacking nails with polish, supplied from the likes of OPI, Zoya, and Esse. Feet also receive regal attention, as technicians rid nails of foot-dulling offenders and pamper peds with hot towels and the soothing three-part harmonies of cartoon blue jays. Call to schedule an appointment, and please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure maximum pamper time.
Young women send hangers of gauzy tops and bold, colorful dresses clacking across Frock Candy’s colorful racks, where designs hang in four storefronts in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Destin, Florida. Independent and well-known brands, such as Chinese Laundry, Qupid, Theme, and Lush supply casual and special-occasion dresses, prim and everyday tops, and shoes both saucy and demure to an inventory which rotates as tastes change. Frock Candy’s style experts forecast trends such as fresh colors and trending images of celebrity pets for each season.