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.
Signature Service: Custom Color, Ombre, and Cut
Brands Used: Rusk
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Visuals aids are always a good thing to use when showing your stylist what you're wanting.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
[People] not using the proper products for their hair texture, so their hair is not holding the style or giving them the look they're trying to achieve.
What's the number one grooming tip every person should know?
Use a shampoo and conditioner with UV protector to protect your virgin or colored hair. Your color fades [during] your typical wash out, heat styling and UV lights.
If the apocalypse ever comes, what low-maintenance hairstyle would you recommend for the foraging person on-the-go?
A short modern pixie with a versatile fringe. Similar to Jennifer Laurence's hair cut.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am an educator for the manufacturer Rusk. I travel all over teaching salon classes on different cutting and coloring techniques.
Sunflower Massage Studio isn't just a relaxing refuge from the everyday?as a local business, it's also a refuge from the revolving-door approach of chain massage studios. This means that in addition to a tension-relieving massage, customers get a bounty of other thoughtful amenities, such as a 30-minute buffer zone before and after the massage to give client and therapist time to wind down and discuss the session. It also means the therapists won't pressure their clients to choose a massage modality, as every session is customized to their individual needs. Of course, add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy are available, as well as specialty styles such as prenatal, myofascial-release, and sports massage, which helps athletes' muscles recover from sporting events and emotions recover from tense exchanges with referees.
Technicians at Shine Sunless Tanning help clients darken epidermises evenly with a customized plant-based mist in VersaSpa sunless-tanning booths. The tans are so effective that in 2011, Shine was named the official tanning provider of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders. Inside each private booth, automated airbrushes apply even coats of a pigmented formula to the skin, which is automatically blown dry. The enclosed environment diminishes the orange or yellow tinge traditionally associated with spray tanning since it controls some environmental factors such as temperature, light exposure, and percentage of orange zest added to the air. Clients get to choose which shade of tanning formula will be used during their session, as well as whether they’d like to cap off their session with an anti-aging mist.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as bio-mat, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
Within her serene, secluded studio, skilled aesthetician Dora Peters leads her staff in tailoring skincare regimens to clients' specific needs. Aestheticians outfit patrons with youthful glows with services such as acid peels and microdermabrasion facials. High-tech skin-tightening sessions harness the collagen-boosting prowess of radio frequencies. Also included in the beauty arsenal are electrical microcurrent tools, which stimulate skin cells to dissolve such signs of aging as fine lines, sunspots, and grinning incessantly while watching Matlock.