A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Gina at Headlines Hair Studio sculpts hairstyles for men, women, and children alike. Originally crafting cuts as a Los Angeles stylist, Gina has relocated to Tucson, with more than 20 years of experience in owning her own salon. Beyond trimming and styling, she also performs color, highlights, perms, permanent straightening, and a variety of other techniques to achieve fashion-forward looks.
The highly trained digit designers at Metropolis Salon pamper mitts and paws with indulgent manicure and pedicure treatments using salon-grade oils to revitalize cuticles and soften skin. During a 45-minute Desert spa manicure, a talented tech meticulously shapes talons into perfectly curved parabolas before drenching hands in a heat-activated alpha-hydroxy lotion to banish dry skin and cactus prickles. Hands dip in paraffin wax or sink into a steamy hot towel to activate the lotions and to complete the exfoliation process. A vibrant coating of Shellac nail polish finishes the finger treatment and leaves nails perfectly painted and chip free for up to two weeks, unless they are drafted into a senseless thumb war. The basic mani-pedi submits hands and feet to a tantalizing pampering and talon trimming, topped off with a vibrant coat of OPI polish.
Essenza's professional, Bumble and bumble–certified staff employs a variety of relaxing hair and skincare services to impart hominids with vibrant styles and a glowing, healthy appearance. Skin treatments such as the lotus moon organic facial ($65) and the pumpkin enzyme peel ($45) use natural plant and flower extracts to irrigate pores and plant within them the seeds of a fresh face. Alternately, Essenza's LightSpa teeth-whitening treatment ($99) uses pulsed light, a whitening formula, and a whitening accelerator to whisk away stains caused by chugging coffee, tea, soda, or melted popsicles.
It was her mother's cancer diagnosis that led Raquel Rzepecki to develop a whole new perspective on the body. That life-altering event suddenly compelled her to take an active interest in holistic health and a balanced lifestyle, and ultimately led her to become a certified aesthetician and massage therapist. Today, at Lakali Natural Skincare & Massage, she's sharing her holistic knowledge with others, showing how natural approaches and a healthy lifestyle can make them look better and feel younger.
Raquel's services include a range of facials that improve skin's appearance with natural ingredients like herbal enzymes and plant stem cells. Massages, meanwhile, help combat the negative effects of stress while boosting circulation, releasing toxins, and strengthening the body's natural defenses. Of course, with an island-inspired name (Lakali is Hawaiian for "Raquel"), her spa also offers several specialized Hawaiian treatments enhanced with tropical scents such as mango, coconut vanilla, or fresh baked sand.