A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.
Bella Gente Salon hosts an eclectic staff of hairstylists, nail technicians, aestheticians, and massage therapists. These beauty experts transform bodies from the ground up, crafting new haircuts, adding flair to tresses with color treatments, shrinking pores, and relaxing tense muscles. While the experts are plying their trade, clients can relax in color rooms with luxurious Italian furnishings or listen to the soothing sound of silence in muffled aesthetic and massage rooms.
For the stylists at Salon Bella, staying ahead of fashion and technology is of utmost importance. That is why they undergo continual training in emerging hair, nail, and skin techniques and use only high-quality products to beautify clients. They lavish tresses with Aveda haircare products and polish faces with PCA peels.
In 2010 and 2011, St. Louis Magazine crowned The Face and The Body the city’s Best Salon and Spa. KSDK Channel 5 also found the spa entrancing, and its profile highlights the flagship location’s Oasis room, calming waterfall, and a crackling fireplace. Potted plants join the scene at all of the spa locations, and visitors lounge among them while wearing plush robes and sipping complimentary designer teas, coffee, or wine.
Rumors Salon & Day Spa pampers manes, mugs, and digits via the hands and eyes of experienced body-buffers. Shoo hibernating pterodactyls from winter dreadlock nests and revamp bodily hat-hangers with a new haircut and styling (up to $43). The Clean Condition Color Gloss ($37) brings shine back to dulled hair and preps it for reflecting summer sunrays. Paw petals will blossom with cleanliness and vibrancy during a manicure ($23), and arches will achieve new heights with an eyebrow wax ($15), a treatment that's also shown to prevent confusion between “I’m interested” and “I can’t believe you live with your mother’s zither band” facial cues.
As a Pivot Point member school, the Academy of Beauty has been offering top-notch cosmetology training for aspiring mane tamers and skin smoothers for more than 25 years. At the academy salon, noodle nests are nurtured by student stylists working under the watchful eyes of licensed educators and Adonia, the Greek goddess of Brazilian blowouts. Each haircut begins with a relaxing scalp massage to lull scared strands out of hiding before shampooing, snipping, and shaping them to the height of follicular fashion. Brighten dull dreads with all-over color (a $30+ value), lift lazy locks with a perm (a $35+ value), or loosen tress tension brought on by years of supporting your many fruit hats with a relaxer (a $45+ value).