A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
Part of the Bumble and bumble salon network, Ta-Da’ Salon has been styling visitors and teaching professional stylists for more than 30 years. Owner Kurt Busch designed his beauty oasis to evoke the feel of a salon in downtown New York City, and his team of stylists boasts a wealth of specialties. Some specialize in cutting curly hair, while others focus on coloring broccoli florets. Haircare isn’t the only item on the treatment menu, however; aestheticians administer facials and waxing, and nail technicians tend to hands and feet in a private pedicure room.
Upon entering Salon Escape, visitors instantly feel as if their stress has melted away onto the floor. Soothing beige colors and fresh flowers at each styling station help clients feel comfortable, as does knowing that the friendly staffers at Salon Escape have more than a century of combined experience in the industry. Five stylists cut and color locks or weave bridal locks into the traditional wedding cake–shaped hairdo. Nail technicians, massage therapists, and skincare experts also offer a selection of relaxing spa treatments.
Spa Nova's licensed and experienced aestheticians revivify the corporeal shell with exfoliation, facial, and LHE hair-removal services. Facials for both men and women rewind the clock by battling blemishes and wrinkles, and exfoliating peels eliminate dead skin cells on the face to help prevent the mess that humans generally leave after their monthly molt. LHE-based hair removal, meanwhile, utilizes specific wavelengths and pulse durations to coagulate hair follicles with minimal effect on the surrounding skin.
Adorn Hair Salon treats distressed tresses to a slew of services. The haircut and blow-dry starts with a consultation with a savvy scissor wizard until the cartoon light bulb above his or her head reveals the style that best accents your hair type, facial features, and favorite popsicle flavor. After a thorough shampoo, a stylist will take to your mop with a divinely artistic fury, trimming and shaping your scalp shawl into the cut of your dreams. Otherwise, liven up listless locks with a fresh coat of color ($50) or soak selected strands in eye-catching highlights ($65). For freedom from troublesome, turbulent headwaves, de-curl with a keratin smoothing treatment ($350). Either way, you’ll emerge from Adorn Hair Salon rocking a head-turning piece of autumnal art that will fetch high bids at auctions.
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.