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.
Since 2004, Gina Camaj's hairstyling skills have landed her hair and makeup gigs at weddings, photo shoots, and television programs. At Gina Camaj Salon and Spa, she and her team of fellow stylists use a full line of Paul Mitchell products for haircare appointments that range from trims and highlights to keratin treatments and eyelash extensions. While Gina oversees salon operations, the salon's co-owner, Karli Richardson, supervises the facility's spa. There, licensed aestheticians and massage therapists administer beautifying and relaxing treatments such as body scrubs, myofascial massages, and weight-loss mud wraps, which slim physiques more effectively than daily alligator-wrestling contests.
Staff at Carleen's A Hair Retreat beautifies hair, hands, and feet with soothing services in a relaxing atmosphere. Upon guests' arrival, stylists present a complimentary beverage to facilitate each consultation and toast the imminent demise of split ends. Using Paul Mitchell and Goldwell products, color experts overhaul 'dos with full-length foils or a set of ombre highlights that, like a chameleon standing upright in a black-and-tan, changes color from top to bottom. The salon evokes a tranquil and elegant vibe created by a marble-topped reception desk, spacious leather chairs, and floral accents.
Stylists at Bliss Salon & Boutique can do more than cut and color hair–they can give their clients more of it. Great Lengths hair extensions transform modish bobs into sultry tresses in the space of a single appointment. Stylists treat existing strands to Goldwell color and Moroccanoil conditioners, groom and polish nails, and use wax to sculpt brows and life-size statues of clients. Their attention to fashion can be seen in the elegant black and white decor of the salon, accompanied by a definition of the word “bliss” illumined by a crystal chandelier.
Black-and-white checked floors and matching salon chairs beckon clients inside Executive Cuts, where experienced stylists and barbers cut and coif hair with professional Redken products. Along with stylish cuts and color services, the artful stylists eradicate frizz with natural, chemical-free keratin that leaves hair smoother than a baby’s bottom incisor. Though they generally require Groupon clients to book appointments, the salon team typically welcomes walk-ins throughout the week.
Ambiance Salon and Day Spa evicts unwanted hair, styles the strands worth saving, and rejuvenates nails, all in a relaxing atmosphere. Update antiquated tresses with a haircut from a master stylist ($50) or single-process color crafted by a junior hue caster ($65), or coddle finger fangs and toe shingles with a manicure ($20) and pedicure ($52). Beauty seekers can also wax a variety of follicle-ridden areas, including eyebrows ($15), chins ($13), lips ($12), and marsupial pouches.