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.
Q&A with Vanessa Ostler, Hairstylist
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.
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.
Unlike stylists who do only hair, nine-year beauty veteran Amanda Bluestein coaxes out clients’ beauty from many angles. Trained in cosmetology and drawing on years of hands-on expertise at Elayna’s and Tuscan Sky Salon, Amanda can resculpt tresses one minute and get skin glowing with a Norvell custom spray tan the next. She holds a special affinity for dolling up brides and ladies prepping for other special occasions. The precision updos and makeup involved require a steady hand and a keen eye, and Amanda excels at using all three.
Exquisite Threading's eyebrow-fashioning operation is led by a team of certified threaders plying their art in a soothing environment. Brow bearers seeking a refined look recline in the studio's comfy chairs as expert weavers adroitly lasso loitering hairs, expelling them at the root. A natural and chemical-free treatment, threading spares patrons much of the discomfort, swelling, and redness of waxing. After the shaping session, clients leave with a set of suave eyebrows to suit their countenance, making for crisper smiles and frowns less prone to getting stuck upside down. A second treatment after three to four weeks keeps disciplined forethreads in line.
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.
Christina Studios takes its name from Christina D. Passanise, who has worked as a makeup artist and aesthetician for more than 14 years. Ms. Passanise specializes in makeup for weddings and other special occasions. She travels on-location for these events, often bringing along a hairstylist to complete looks. The beauty expert also works out of Clare's of Clayton Salon, where she makes over clients with spa services such as PCA peels. She also works with models and occasionally appears on television programs to dish out beauty tips.