GlowCo Tan transforms pale corporeal coats into their honey-brown alter egos with a full range of standup and lay-down tanning facilities as well as UV-free- airbrush tanning services. In just a few minutes, visitors attain a beach-suggestive hue, bronzing to golden perfection in the welcoming maw of a Level 1 lay-down bed. There’s no limit on the number of tans used per month, assuring that patrons can maintain their color day to day without conducting outdoor business luncheons in a bikini. Alternatively, SunFX custom airbrushing infuses skin with a healthy hue without resorting to UV rays. In 10–15 minutes, a trained tanning artist enlightens the epidermis by hand, leaving machines to do the less important work of washing clothes and rocking babies to sleep. A wealth of lotions from brands including Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty are on-hand to ensure maximum color during and after the session.
At Glow Salon Spa, every aesthetician, hairstylist, and nail technician has an additional specialty: customer service. Manager Sandy Suter explains in her Patch video feature that all members of her small team undergo coaching to ensure that they emanate approachable warmth. Whether pampering hands with a sweet-almond and salt treatment or customizing a Redken conditioning regimen, they balance their expertise with intuition for the guest's aesthetic. Their tag line, "Define yourself," speaks to this personalized approach as well as a desire to exponentially increase the size of Webster's Dictionary.
The cosmetic team radiates a playful attitude as it adds fresh flair to primping rituals. Manicures and pedicures often conclude with nail art, which decorates digits in designs from swimming fish to polka dots, whereas hairstylists delight in adhering feather extensions and applying bold colors. Yet apart from aesthetics, the spa focuses on health—both for individuals and the community. Massage therapists unknot tense muscles and ease aches with Swedish and prenatal modalities, and hairstylists participate in community-bolstering programs, such as Locks of Love and cut-a-thons to benefit St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Copper Tan Tanning Salons helps clients radiate a midsummer, bronzed tan yearlong with sunless tanning options and a fleet of tanning beds. At each of its three salons, visitors can choose from five levels of Ergoline beds, each offering a different tanning intensity. In addition, the salons offer sunless-tanning alternatives with Mystic or Versa spray-tan solutions.
The licensed aestheticians at FaceLuXe clear skin of blemishes and unwanted hair with a full spectrum of facials and waxing services. Consultations precede each treatment, during which skin specialists select products that match clients’ specific skin types. They then use these products in signature facials designed to address issues associated with aging, such as fine lines and blemishes from trying to blow out too many birthday candles at once. FaceLuXe offers relaxation packages such as the Revive treatment, which includes a massage, facial, and eye and lip treatments.
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
Hollywood Tan's 12 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths, the latter of which bronzes hides using an aloe vera–based spray solution instead of UV rays or a mysterious candy-factory bubblegum that turns obnoxious children tan. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.