A.J. and Allison had really important napkins. Over a few glasses of wine, the pair scribbled ideas and notes onto the normally disposable squares, and what began as a dream over drinks quickly grew into Poco Hair Company. Today, the ladies give hair the attention they once gave napkins, creating dazzling 'dos via cut and color services. Their irreverent decor engages the eyes of patrons as trained stylists expertly detach split ends, add desired layers, and remove stray pelican feathers for a variety of styles, from bohemian to natural to punk.
Preston Salon Spa's namesake founder Steven Preston and his congenial staff of stylists cure drab tresses with comprehensive salon and spa services. During packages, clients kick back for up to two hours, collaborating with beautifiers to mold new 'dos according to personal tastes. Coifs ranging from trendy to traditional materialize as staffers curtail overflowing tendrils and cure styles with a blow dryer. Aveda treatments launch a multipronged attack on noggin maladies, detoxifying scalps and nourishing thirsty strands to produce hair softer and healthier than a nutritionist's grocery list embroidered on silk. Then, professionals uproot fuzzy outliers from lips and brows or subtly highlight natural beauty with a dusting of makeup.
Mirrors in bold orange frames reflect the skillful motions of stylists as they trim clients' hair at Cut N' Dye Salon. Davines products made with high-grade, natural ingredients help color locks, and formaldehyde-free Coppola Keratin Complex treatments smooth frizz. The stylists can also weave in natural-looking hair extensions to add length and volume, feather extensions to add color, and satellites for better cable reception.
Abigail’s on Demun’s professionally trained tress-whisperers recast ‘dos in new hues during highlight and color treatments. After consulting clients for preferred shades and farmers' almanacs for most auspicious treatment dates, stylists douse coifs in resplendent color, recalibrating looks with bombshell blond streaks or rascally all-over red. Artfully executed blow-dry and style tactics team up to coax cowlicks and curlicues into face-framing coifs as newly-tinted strands fall into aesthetically pleasing place. Whimsical full-length mirrors step between the wall’s olive-and-mint stripes for post-treatment ganders, revealing new looks topping the noggins and new alternate universes where hair is replaced with cotton candy.
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.