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.
Tessa grew up with scissors in her hand. Her father’s salon was a staple of her Missouri community for 25 years, and there she learned the ins and outs of cutting hair to face shape and blending luxurious color highlights. Today she continues her father’s legacy, employing Matrix and American Crew brand products to transform tresses in Genesis Salon. Amid the studio's industrial-inspired décor, she joins four other stylists in crafting contemporary styles designed to work with each client's lifestyle and fashion tastes.
The beauty experts at Answer Day Spa revamp iffy appearances through the careful application of scissors and files. Skilled stylists quell split ends over the course of approximately 35-minute haircuts (a $25 value), using sheers to reshape frenzied follicles, trained eyes to mold them sharply, and occasional ghost stories to add volume sans gel. During 45-minute Shellac manicures (a $35 value), techs file nails to pleasing lengths before clipping cuticles and applying goose-down-free coats of color. The shellac polish is long lasting and resistant to chipping, designed to stay fresh for up to two weeks.
The licensed medical professionals and technicians at Venus Tan and Spa iron out wrinkles and unearth fresher, younger skin with sophisticated facial treatments. Nurse-administered Botox injections flatten out facial furrows by freezing muscles and tightening up the hard-to-reach screws behind the ears. Smoothed-out results appear within three to seven days after the 10- to 15-minute procedure and can last up to four months. Beauty mavens can follow up the treatment with a half-hour diamond microdermabrasion to draw back the face’s dull curtains of dead skin, or tighten up sagging spots and recharge cheek-stored smile batteries with the gentle FDA-approved electric pulses of a 45-minute microcurrent facial.
Hair Therapy Salon's team of creative, skillful stylists snip, style, shade, and strip hair through a variety of expert services. Put feminine strands in the deft hands of a scissor-maneuvering professional for a stylish ladies' cut and style ($35–$42). Or drag a mangy man mane in for a dapper do-over ($25–$29), complete with an optional steamed towel to relax the face and make it more diet-friendly. Fresh trims are easily snagged for lads and lasses ages 1–12 ($15–$25), and stylish teens and self-conscious collies can drop in for a quick bang or beard trim ($8). For those looking to lacquer locks in a different hue, a single color application ($50–$60+) revamps the entirety of the head's nest, and half-head highlights ($60+) add touches of luster that dance in and out of the hair's natural tint. Firm believers that not all follicles are created equally fashionable, the talented filament tamers also apply their landscaping expertise to more bothersome bristle, waxing away stubble from the brow ($15), lip ($12), or chin ($15) to create sleeker expressions and more easily escapable Halloween masks.