A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach A 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.
A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
The Man Shop experience begins long before clients are led to their styling chair. At this throwback men's salon with a twist, a sign on the door warns that it's "rated PG-13" for attitude, and visits begin with a game of pool, darts, or an arcade game. Once men are seated in the styling chair, they're handed a remote to their own personal TV. As they veg out in front of the tube, stylists get to work with clipper cuts, razor fades, and grey blending. The Man Shop also features classic hot-towel shaves complete with foam, moisturizers, and straight razors.
True Colors Salon's owner recently remodeled the place, adding modern texture and color to all the furnishings. Stylists perform much the same service upon peoples' hair, creating new looks for their clients. Meanwhile, therapists sooth muscular tension with massages, and technicians shape nails and paint them with unique nail art. Chazidie Lane adds even more variety to the services with her specialized skin treatments that restore moisture to winter-weather- or sun-damaged skin. She combines her facials with hair removal, shaping eyebrows or removing lip fuzz with the aid of hot wax.
Amber Siebrecht Cosmetology beautifies clients with sundry salon services and skincare treatments. Stylist Amber creates new 'dos with haircuts, extensions, and color and rejuvenates skin with facials, waxing services, and flattering professional makeup.
Signature Service: Hair, skin care and massage therapy
Brands Used: Dermalogica skin care, Bracado, AG and Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Good for Kids: Yes
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
Not using the right products for their hair type. Heat and style protection is one of the keys to beautiful, healthy hair.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
A quiet, friendly, and relaxing environment. We also offer a variety of complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments while our guests enjoy their stay.
What other services do you offer besides haircuts?
Color services, updos for that special event or nights on the town, perms, relaxers, waxing, skin care and massage therapy.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We also offer spa parties for groups of up to five.