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.
At Tanfastic, the scene is set for customers to fake a beach vacation. Fronds of palm trees rustle, teal walls are colored like the ocean, and staff members make shushing sounds that mimic the ocean's waves. Customers seeking UV tanning can recline in one of the salon's beds or in a standup booth, where circulating air keeps them cool. Those who shun UV rays completely can get a natural-looking tan in the Mystic Tan spray-tan booth.
After graduating from college, Joscelyn Laurence found that she was unhappy with her career choice and didn’t know what to do about it. That uncertainty faded, however, when she decided to take a leap of faith and switch careers. The jump landed her at Paul Mitchell The School Dallas, where she learned the ins and outs of the beauty industry. Today, the experienced stylist has stepped into her latest role as owner of Outside the Lines Salon, where she treats each client with individualized attention as she snips hair into the latest styles. Joscelyn also smoothes frizz with a restorative Awapuhi Wild Ginger KeraTriplex treatment, adds hair flair with rooster feathers, and lends manes prismatic pop with a caramelizing technique that results in honey-colored tones and free drinks from candy tycoons at the bar.
Skin savant Stacy McClure tackles epidermal issues with her menu of facials, waxing, and tanning treatments. Hydrating masks unclog pores, gentle chemical peels and microdermabrasion sessions buff away dead or damaged skin cells, and back facials detoxify and protect posterior-facing skin. Waxing sessions eradicate fuzz from the face and body with top-shelf waxes before calming lotions soothe freshly pruned skin. McClure’s head- to-toe airbrushing services enhance physiques with golden hues, and her lash-tinting procedures draw attention to faces easier than training butterflies to alight on cheekbones.
Layla Bouley aims to boost her clients’ self-esteem and peace of mind using her skills in aesthetics. She refurbishes wrinkled, acne-riddled, oily, and excessively dry skin during services that range from microdermabrasion treatments to chemical peels. She also combats stubborn hair on lips and chins using bowls of warm wax and applies eyelash extensions to help make third eyes pop.
Owners Israel De Leon and Daniel Rodriguez value restoration. That much is clear after a visit to Landmark Salon and Spa, their Paul Mitchell focus salon, where staffers renew appearances inside a historical water power plant. By renovating their clients’ bodies, stylists and skin technicians hope to rebuild their confidence. They also offer massages to ease tense muscles and facials that use Dermalogica products to leave skin clear, exfoliated, and as hydrated as a sponge soaking in a puddle of Gatorade.