When the new owners of Shear Style Salon took over in early 2012, they transformed the hair and nail salon into a full-service beauty emporium. Though sleek styling services and mani-pedis continue to anchor the menu, the spa’s team of aestheticians now tends to skin across the body with luxurious facials and scrubs.
Pacific Beach's Beauty Angel treatment pairs beautification and physique sculpting in a series of 10-minute sessions combining light therapy, vibration, and platform-based exercise. Within the stand-up booth, clients bask in a safe red light that works to reawaken the body's collagen and elastin factories, disentangling wrinkles around the eyes and firming skin across the entire physique. The booth sports a vibrating platform designed to help break down cellulite and further stimulate epidermal collagen production. The vibrating motion also facilitates muscle toning and recovery by relaxing fibers. After seven daily sessions over one week, wrinkles may begin to diminish, cellulite may begin fade, and skin may begin smooth out, negating the need to seek eternal youth in every municipal fountain.
Caribbean Solutions crafts safe, all-natural sun protection, hair, and skincare products to keep outer layers looking like new. Every plant-based product in the line is made without harmful chemicals or animal testing and packaged in recycled materials. The jade tanning oil draws on natural sunflower oil to give the skin a deeper hue ($18), and the golden opal tanning oil lends more conspicuous results, perfect for those seeking a richer luminosity or posing as Oscar statues ($25). Body satin moisturizer hydrates and smoothes ($20), and a range of shampoos and conditioners, in scents such as rainforest citrus mint and tropical mist, keeps flowing manes flouncy ($10 each).
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.
Xtreme Tan's staff members call on their Smart Tan training—a program that instills professional savvy in sunburn prevention and correct UV dosage—to guide clients toward the right path to achieving a bronzed beach glow. After becoming acquainted with customers, the specialists carefully educate them on the salon’s offering of UV beds, airbrush-tanning methods, and a selection of lotions that deepen and prolong golden skin tones. The walk-in salon houses four levels of UV beds, each of which is stocked with high-efficiency bulbs that offer clients an indoor tan without having to fight the cat for a sunny spot by the window. Tanners can also forgo UV beams altogether with the salon’s airbrush-tanning service, which dispatches a trained staffer to mist individual curves with a pigmented spray that leaves skin bronze and glowing for up to 14 days.
The licensed aestheticians at FaceLuXe clear skin of dirt and unwanted hair with a full spectrum of facials and waxing services. Their concern for individual care shines through in the consultations that precede each treatment, during which they 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 burn marks from trying to blow out too many birthday candles at once. As a partner of MassageLuXe—a company dedicated to improving health through therapeutic massage—FaceLuXe offers relaxation packages such as the Day of Renew treatment, which includes a massage, facial, and warm lavender paraffin treatment for the hands and feet.