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.
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.
Inside Barron's Studio, hairstylist Lindsey Stritch crafts new 'dos and nourishes tresses with luxurious Redken products. For the past five years, she's worked alongside other experienced stylists and recently bolstered her repertoire of skills by attending an Italian cut-and-color class. When she isn't arranging strands into sophisticated updos sprinkled with delicate tendrils, Lindsey tears down boundaries with avant-garde colors and glittering tinsel extensions. She also concocts sultry, tousled looks with soft, multidimensional highlights, shaggy layers, and strategically placed fans.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Tony de Lorenzi draws on more than 20 modalities to customize massages, basing strokes on the information gathered during premassage consultations. Inside The Massage Place, windowless walls and low lighting ensure optimal conditions for relaxation. While clients recline on the massage bed’s thick padding, they can admire the room’s colorful artwork and succumb to the soothing effects of aromatherapy oils.