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.
Since the first Fantastic Sams salon opened its doors 35 years ago, stylists at each locally owned and operated franchise have stayed up to date on the latest industry trends. Before each haircut, a stylist shampoos and massages the scalp for three minutes to relieve tension and cleanse the mane of any gels or Gak. In addition to coiffing or coloring tresses, stylists trim beards and mustaches, or remove them entirely with facial-waxing services. An exclusive line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products nourish hair with pro-vitamins, soy protein, and silicone.
CeCe at Beauty On Display offers a wide range of services to promote both beauty and relaxation. Upon arrival, patrons can partake of complimentary bottled water before heading to a private room for a body wrap or waxing treatment. For upcoming events or weddings, specialists apply makeup and eyelash extensions.
Schooled in the latest hair techniques, the skilled stylists at Inside Out Hair Salon turn dull locks dazzling with expertly executed haircuts, skin-tone complementing highlights, and other aesthetically pleasing services. Pair a face-framing haircut and complimentary styling lesson ($21+) with natural-looking highlights designed to brighten drab skull jackets ($60+). Teenage or middle-aged werewolves can benefit from the salon's discreet waxing services for the back ($40+), arms ($30+), or brows ($15+), and dancing damsels step through the salon for eye-catching makeup applications ($50+).
Within the stylish and sleek Vogue Salon, Mindy Evans cuts, colors, and styles tresses. The eight-year styling veteran shears expert cuts, creates special-occasion coifs, and employs Redken and Matrix coloring products to bring out guests' inner redheads or platinum blonds. Mindy also crafts curls with perms or combats them chemical straighteners.
Each day, visitors to Cary O'Briens Design & Color Spa leave transformed. Whether sporting a new haircut, strutting into an event after a makeup application, or briefly forgetting how to follow the law of gravity on a wave of post-massage bliss, clients emerge back out into the world looking and feeling better than when they walked in. Using top-shelf products from the likes of Redken, Paul Mitchell, Dermalogica, and OPI, the spa's beauty experts cater each service to meet the needs of each client.