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.
A quaint stone path leads guests into JeLa's Epiphany Salon & Spa, where modern styling equipment shares space with vintage touches including an antique, brown leather salon chair. JeLa’s takes its name from owners Jennifer Braziel and Ladonna Houston, who manage an all-female team of stylists with more than 80 years of combined experience, entitling them to a shared senior discount at movie theaters. They offer haircuts and styles for women and children as well as highlights, weaving, and—the salon’s most popular service—relaxers.
The beauty professionals at Legacy Salons & Day Spa love to pamper clients with stylish 'dos, mani-pedis, and body treatments. Several of the stylists have more than 30 years of experience, and all use professional products such as Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, and Redken. The salon's massage therapist specializes in deep-tissue, prenatal, and hot-stone massage, as well as yelling at knots until they leave. Clients can also book long-lasting Shellac manicures, Brazilian waxes, and keratin hair-smoothing treatments that leave hair straight and shiny for several weeks.
Using light-based technology to enhance natural beauty may seem like science fiction, but at Elegant Image Day Spa, it's a reality. Here, powerful yet gentle laser beams target cellulite in LipoLaser treatments, smoothing undesired dimples with low-level energy and microscopic irons. Additional services harness laser light to remove blemishes including excess hair, wrinkles, tattoos, and spider veins.
The skilled nail pros at The Spa and Tea Garden draw upon more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry as they refurbish digits with soothing nail services. During the 45-minute Shellac or regular manicure, a technician trims and shapes fingernails into smooth curves or straight edges. A French Shellac dresses up finger fronts, or opt for a coat of traditional polish, followed by a layer of Shellac gel polish can last without chipping for up to 14 days, or about the amount of time needed to get a package to front of the post-office line.