The trained technicians at Polish Couture encourage guests to leave their cares at the door by welcoming them with a glass of wine or coffee and an array of snacks. High-quality nail polishes by OPI and CND Shellac await to revive tired toes, while hard-working paws can be further pampered with add-ons such as paraffin wax treatments. Staffers also draw upon Joico, Wella, and Dermalogica products to nourish hair and skin, creating luxurious strands and smooth, even complexions that invite more admiring glances than an attention-starved mirror.
Three independent aestheticians at Street Side Salon buff, polish, and style clients’ hair and nails, creating sleek new looks for all who enter. In a station designed to evoke the essence of a mini spa, Jessica Hentrich uses a decade of nailcare experience to pamper hands and feet. Weary feet can rest in a heated basin, or patrons can sink into an overstuffed chair.
On the other side of the salon, Debe Hentrich and Linda Hessling create face-framing hairstyles. An experienced cosmetologist and hair artist, owner Debe snips and colors strands, infusing them with high-quality products from Moroccanoil, Keratin Complex, and Pureology. Her healthy-hair program leaves manes looking lush, and her eye for style is evidenced by the salon’s overall appearance. Linda Hessling expresses her hair expertise by shaping layers and lengths to fit each individual’s face or to match their looks with photos of their pets.
Haircuts don't have to be a bore. At The Guys Hair Shop, clients can manhandle a TV remote while watching modern sports games or Jeopardy! lightning rounds. The stylists in the shop pamper dudes without resorting to unnecessary froufrou, instead reaching for straightforward, stainless-steel shears and steamed towels. Though they generally focus on haircuts for men of all ages, the staff also enacts a few other grooming services, including hair coloring and beard trimming. They use high-end products from brands such as Crew, Tea Tree by Paul Mitchell, and Nioxin, which envelop the skin in warm embraces that are more pleasant than hugging a fireplace. Within the salon, gleaming wood floors span the salon’s sparkling surroundings, which host vivid signage, plush red furnishings, and a vintage Coke machine.:m]]
During more than a quarter century at the helm of LookAfter Hair Company, Peter Hall has seen the styling industry gradually split in two directions—toward the high-end salon and toward the in-and-out fast cut place. With LookAfter, Peter decided to close that gap. There, guests can get premium salon services on a walk-in basis and haircuts from stylists who will gladly slow down for careful consultations instead of racing through trims with stopwatches in their hands. The name LookAfter is meant to reflect this blend and to demonstrate his vision for a place where the staff stands ready to serve all clients, whether they need keratin treatments, eyebrow waxes, or beard trims. This approach has helped LookAfter grow to more than 40 locations across St. Louis, Kansas City, and central Illinois, and the idea has also led to ongoing community outreach. Stylists have helped raise money for disaster relief, support breast-cancer awareness, and generate funds for veterans’ programs by carrying haircare products from American Warrior.
Studio 30 describes itself as “a stylish salon with great stylists and an equally stylish atmosphere,” and the menu of salon services reinforces its commitment to beauty and style alike. Armed with shears, razors, color, and wax, the staff transform clients’ manes, remove unwanted body hair, and perform facials that nourish and revitalize skin.
At ColorFX, skilled stylists and aestheticians execute a slew of services with a special focus on color and color correction, earning themselves a nomination for Alive magazine's Best Salon award. The friendly staff also treats feet to pedicures and hands to a variety of manicures, including hot-oil manicures, and nail art. To keep up on the latest trends and to prevent hair from devouring clients à la Cousin Itt of the Addams Family, the experienced stylists participate in continuous training and education.