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 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.
There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the professional waxen masters at European Wax Center. Before your defoliation, you'll be slathered like so much beef brisket with the Center's calming cleanser and a pre-depilatory oil that fights irritation and redness. A very special, alcohol-free blend of polymers and beeswax is specially designed to uproot hair with nary a pang of pain. Afterward, your newly smooth skin will be pampered with an ingrown-hair-and-breakout-despising solution.
Glo Sun Spa keeps a slew of modern bronzing, polishing, and hydrating technologies in peak condition. With a variety of tanning beds, Glo Sun Spa provides a wide range of sun-kissed glows. Alternatively, sunless VersaSpa and Pura Sunless systems provide a tan away from the sun's rays. The hydration station combines Hydrofusion with steam and LED technology to moisturize and tan epidermises, and the Lumiere Excel system features a series of repairing, clearing, and firming regimens. Glo Sun Spa also stocks a full line of lavish skincare products from brands such as Devoted Creations.
Under the watchful eye of owner Rose Manning, Arena Salon and Day Spa’s experienced staff of patient and dedicated European-trained stylists expertly beautifies exteriors with customized aesthetic treatments. Arena’s modern deco decor greets guests as they recline in salon chairs to receive a transformative cut, color, and style. Other patrons sink into plush treatment beds as aestheticians rejuvenate epidermises with microdermabrasions and facials. A sea-salt body polish exfoliates skin and a Vichy shower treatment showers guests with warm water, which aims to stimulate immune systems before bodies are dried by the gentle flapping of fairy wings as they flutter about the salon. Ensuring clients stay in tip-top shape at all times, Arena is open seven days a week and offers lunchtime spa appointments.
At Sweet Desire Nail Lounge, talented nail technicians cater to hands and feet by smoothing calluses, tidying cuticles, and trimming nails. They finish the treatment by applying a coat of polish that comes in a variety of colors. Opt for a Shellac manicure and staff members will use a polish that dries almost instantly and lasts for up to two weeks without chipping or getting homesick. While technicians soften the skin and glam up nails, clients can relax in pedicure thrones and sip on cold lemon water.
The staff at Eternity Nails knows more than just nails. Besides their three different manicures and pedicures, they provide gentle waxing and threading services. And aside from lacquering nails with gel polish and affixing acrylic sets to digits, they nourish skin and clear up blemishes with facials and microdermabrasion. Lash extensions and massage therapy round out their litany of pampering options.
A third-generation hairstylist, Turk Inan is no stranger to hard work. He says Turk Inan Salon's brooms probably collect more than 20 inches of shed locks on any given day, some sheared by him, the rest by his team of Texas Cosmetology Commission–certified stylists. When he's not on the floor of his salon sweeping or sculpting new styles with L'Oréal Professional, Moroccanoil, and Aquage products, he travels to hair shows to demonstrate his skills to rapt audiences in locales that range from New York to Istanbul. Visitors will also be impressed with the comfortably modern waiting room, which features sleek leather couches, a flatscreen TV, and a mini-fridge where one can store the rapidly-decaying body of an alien life form.
Despite all the locks shed in his salon, Turk says his team’s signature service is applying Great Lengths hair extensions. "[All] of the hair sourced for Great Lengths is from the Temples of India," he says.