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.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
The readers of Fort Worth Weekly didn't say why they named Perfect Touch the Best Spa of 2013, but it's not hard to hazard a guess?or a dozen. Take the warm, private treatment rooms and soft music that backdrop Swedish massages and hot-stone therapy, for instance, or the lineup of Dermalogica products that skin specialists combine into custom facial treatments. There's also a more technological side to the spa: a cosmetic laser system that tightens the skin, and a Cynosure TriActive system that helps minimize the appearance of cellulite.
An entire second facet of Perfect Glow?Perfect Touch?focuses solely on tanning. UV beds use ultra-pressure lamps for quicker tans, and airbrush technicians evenly mist the skin with vegan, organic, and paraben-free solutions that, like the newest breeds of dogs, emit a subtle raspberry-almond fragrance when wet.
Open seven days a week, Baja Sun helps pigment-challenged patrons to achieve a natural bronze hue with an array of tanning services and brand-name lotions. The salon’s private treatment rooms house 20 Soltron UV beds divided into six levels of intensity to steadily draw out deeper hues. Mystic Tan sessions give time-crunched tanners a safe, UV–free glow in 90 seconds, ideal for patrons looking for a natural looking tan that don't have the time to spend all day in a spa. Tanners can choose from Original or Premium tanning cartridges for lighter or darker results, both of which have the option of a clear solution, which darkens gradually, or a bronzer solution, which glazes skin with an instant tropical punch.
Lifelong friends Teresa Fisher and Kaylyn Sisk took the most important risk of their lives together: they traded an eight-hour workday for an entrepreneurial path that would also allow them to spend more time with their loved ones. After doing extensive research, they combined their experience in the cosmetology and tanning industries and opened Tan 2 Glow, providing UV-free tanning. In addition to earning several certifications in the field, Teresa and Kaylyn also traveled to West Hollywood to train with Infinity Sun?a company whose tanning formulas are beloved by celebrities seeking everything from subtle tans for the red carpet to obvious tans for stealing all a room?s attention.
With their newfound knowledge, Teresa and Kaylyn started their business by offering mobile tans and tanning parties while working out of a sophisticated salon. Eventually, they opened their own studios in Fort Worth and Denton, where they now mist bodies with FDA-approved, all-natural, and paraben-free tanning solutions. In addition to one-time spray-downs, they also offer memberships and bridal packages. When they aren't bronzing bodies in-studio, Teresa and Kaylyn host spray-tan socials with gift bags that make the day special for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and solar eclipses.
Aesthetician Shannon Byrd believes touch is one of the most effective healing tools. That's why she takes her expertise beyond traditional skincare, offering specialization in oncology aesthetics––beautification services for those enduring chemo and radiation. In the comfort of Barbelo Skin Care & Wellness, Shannon applies her expertise during restorative facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and full-body airbrush sessions with paraben-free South Seas solution. Spa clients may also define eyebrow arches with facial waxing or augment lobes with piercing for one, two, or three ears.