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.
David Michael Salon & Day Spa's aestheticians snip, straighten, and color tresses, relax bodies with spa services, and pamper mitten- and boot-fillers with manicures and pedicures. Beyond the day spa's brick exterior, wood floors and walls brightened with marigold, plum, and sage paint create a stylish, colorful stage where deft fingers can go to work. Massage keeps knotted muscles from tying themselves ever tighter, and strands of leg hair brandish tiny white flags of surrender as they flee from the efficient hands of waxing specialists. Joico, Aquage, Wella, and Dermalogica products gather on David Michael's shelves, ready to hop into an unsuspecting satchel and find a new home.
Having begun as a single tanning shop in Greenville during the autumn of 1990, Ultratan has since blossomed into more than 70 locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia due to its popularity and commitment to quality service. Over the years, the collection of spas has accumulated numerous awards such as Best Tanning Salon from the Daily Gamecock for providing the best equipment in both tanning beds and spray-tan technology. As a member of the International Smart Tan Network, its commitment to safe tans also encompasses a passion for keeping their customers educated about responsible tanning routines and never tanning without a helmet.
The true passion of the aestheticians of Glamour Obsession Beauty Studio, which is a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, lies in luxuriating bodies with anti-aging facials and nourishing therapies. The studio's experienced beauty techs believe that taking care of the body's largest organ is not an indulgence but, rather, a necessary component of overall health and well-being. Aside from nurturing the human husk, the aestheticians can enhance its natural beauty with lush lash extensions, artful makeup applications, and waxing services proven to be more effective for hair removal than fire or wishing.
At Omega Laser and Skin Care, a staff of deft depilators harnesses the hair-hampering powers of cosmic light to annihilate rogue follicles on each client's overgrown area of choice. Laser light is a quick and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively banishing unwanted bristle and leaving less opportunity for saving food crumbs on your person. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods such as shaving, waxing, or electrolysis.
The Spa on Main's mother-daughter team of passionate beauty experts promotes healthy skin with various facial, body, and nail treatments. Designed to rejuvenate the body inside and out, body scrubs and cleansing back treatments can help improve circulation while revealing soft and freshly exfoliated birthday suits. Signature facials melt away stress with steam treatments and a pore-penetrating mask sends crows’ fleet flying off into the sunset. A resident nail technician pampers digits with regular mani-pedis and long-lasting Shellac polish, and head-to-toe waxing treatments wick away unwanted hairs with quick swipes of a cloth strip.