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.
Metropolis Salon crafts illuminating customer experiences with in-depth consultations and a focus on at-home maintenance of salon results. The style house’s long list of meticulous services caters to hair, skin, nails, and more. Thank head strands for their help in hoisting your boyfriend through the second-story window with a comprehensive haircut package ($45–$65), including a style consultation, cleansing and conditioning treatments, cut, and style. A new hair color (starting at $85) coordinates your head to the ever-changing image of your fugitive identical twin. Body wrappers can take advantage of skin services such as a one-hour, total-body hydrating and healing treatment ($100) that harnesses the softening might of shea butter. In the essential manicure ($15–$18), stylists chase cuticles out of beds, shape nails, massage hands, and seal digital shells with an OPI Nail lacquer. The MANicure ($15–$18) is targeted toward professional males; it removes the Manwich and nail shrapnel that normally resides under masculine fingernails and ends with a flat, clear coat or simple buff. Licensed massage therapists send clients back into cruel worlds sans tension after delivering massages ($45–$130) such as deep tissue, Swedish, or reflexology. Other available services include waxing and professional makeup application; see the salon’s online menus for a full listing.
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.