If you walk into Blanc Studio planning to color your hair, you may just walk out with a brand new purse. After coloring 100 clients, the studio draws the name of one of those 100 clients and gifts them a Coach bag. This commitment to go above and beyond for a good experience becomes evident in other ways as well. A 52-inch television equipped with Netflix and a gaming system entertains kids as their parents relax in the stylists’ chair, and the studio’s master stylist approves each coiffure before clients depart or stay to use the Wii.
Harnessing the power of the VersaSpa skincare system, Magictan Studios transforms fair-skinned physiques into bronzed bodies in a mere 60 seconds (a $28 value for a natural VersaSpa application, plus prep and moisturizer). After choosing from browning levels of light, natural, maximum, or Elizabeth Barrett, customers hop in the booth for a sunless spritz from cowlick to cuticle, bequeathing skin with the golden facade of a bronze statue, but with the added benefit of an anti-aging moisturizer. Designed with an EZ-2Breathe purification system, the VersaSpa structure continuously employs fresh air to expunge stale fumes, granting lungs a comfortable spray-tanning experience. Once all sides are fully coated, a breezy draft escapes the signature comfort-dry apparatus, drying radiant regions faster than a helicopter hovering inside a freshly painted Sistine Chapel.
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.
Tanning booths, pool tables, and video game systems rest alongside the washers and dryers inside Splashers Laundry and Tanning's multitasking paradise, which combines do-it-yourself and drop-off laundry services. Once armed with a self-service wash card, launderers can set-up shop at a front-load Dexter washer and browse photographs of celebrity hampers on the free WiFi. Watch as splotches disappear in a three-load wash ($3.69), or whisk away dust from extended archaeological excavations with an eight-load, 80-pound soak ($8.39). Once clean, garments tumble through express dryer tunnels ($0.25 for seven minutes)—which soften up to 34 pounds of laundry at a time—or head to the regular dryers to clean up to 80 pounds at once ($0.75 for seven minutes). Alternatively, patrons can drop off up to 30 pounds of grimy garb to Splashers' cleansing techs, who will lovingly have it dried, folded, and hugged by a local mom, and ready for pick-up later that day.
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 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.