At Natural Nail Care Salon, manicures are both a soothing indulgence and a step toward healthier hands. The technicians conduct mani-pedi services for natural nails exclusively, grooming and buffing them with Swedish Mavala products that enhance nails' flexibility and strength. Just as the techs avoid artificial nails, their products eschew synthetics: Mavala formulas contain no harsh chemicals, and the salon's Essie and Zoya polishes are formaldehyde-free. Clients sit at a sprawling nail bar that seats up to nine for hand treatments, then retire to pedicure chairs, where stainless-steel foot tubs ensure clean soaks. The attention of the seasoned staff often ensures that polish stays bright for weeks on end, instead of flaking when anxious friends ask to borrow nails for biting.
Nails may be the salon's focus, but each technician also boasts an additional specialty. Salon owner Jessica Stannard channels her hairstyling background with cut, color, and texturizing treatments, and licensed aesthetician Amanda Ancell nourishes complexions. Amanda's facials and chemical peels use personalized combinations of products based on the client's skin type and conditions, and each treatment includes a massage to relieve muscular tension around the cheekbones. The spa menu also includes waxing, eyelash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications.
The highly trained staffers at Perfect Eyebrows shape a clean and precise hairline by swiftly plucking out strands with thread. Said to have originated in India, eyebrow threading techniques are all-natural—foregoing chemicals, lasers, and other irritants—and usually also cause less pain than tweezers or waxing. During sessions, beauticians double-strand pieces of thread over full lines of hair to extract it with a swift tug, similar to the process of removing a loose tooth or unpopular state senator.
The nail technicians at Glamour Nails & Spa festoon hands and feet with manicures and pedicures. For a long-lasting look that's easier than super-gluing actual crayons to fingertips, they'll apply Shellac polish during manicures. The team also applies acrylic sets, and their 15 pedicure chairs ensure their ability to handle any sudden influxes of clients—they can give pedicures to three sets of pro-basketball starters at once.
RiverScape Massage is the brainchild of Paula M. Harmon, LMT. Paula?s background in biological science gives her keen understanding of the body and mind, which she uses to quell aches during relaxation- and clinical-massage sessions. She recognizes that every body has its own unique challenges, and she is keen to listen to clients and give them a custom massage. Paula can help alleviate pain resulting from a vigorous run, an old injury, plain old age, or help clients relax after a stressful week of work.
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.
The Eastern art of brow threading has become wildly popular in the United States, a trend aesthetician Almas Karowalia astutely followed, enabling her to open 15 locations of Perfect Brow Bar across the Midwest, Texas, and Louisiana. At each outpost, practitioners clean up uneven brows and hairlines with strands of twisted thread that can remove multiple rows of hair with a single pass. Her teams boast that they can complete brows in as little as 5 minutes and require only 10–15 minutes to thread an entire face. The expedient technique generally results in less pain and irritation than other hair-removal methods, though at Perfect Brow Bar patrons can also opt for traditional waxing services. In addition to hair removal, aestheticians dress up skin with makeup applications, lash extensions, and henna tattoos of tuxedos or ball gowns.