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.
The skin-shading specialists at Pacific Beach bestow bodies with smooth bronze hues in VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. A tanning consultant greets newcomers by shepherding patrons to the booth and demonstrating the correct four positions to optimize spray application and mock the sun like a heckling astronaut. As tanners stand in the heated booth, a nozzle spray coats the body with one of three shades of pulchritudinous hues, adding instant color that develops further within 4–6 hours. The sun-smooched look generally lasts from 7–10 days, about the amount of time it takes to cultivate a magic bean. Though it is not included in this Groupon, an amplifier helps balance out the skin's PH level ($5 packet) and moisturizing mist ($3) may seal in the skin-brightening effect.
At Jae D's Salon and Spa—a stress-free oasis tucked within the Crestwood Medical Office Building—owner Jae Dunn and her team marry their beauty expertise with a warm sense of humor. This winning combination, along with their full menu of services, has helped them to foster long-lasting relationships with their clients. Myriad hair services, including cuts, highlights, and all-over color, are among the salon's specialties. As men and women settle into salon chairs amid calming hues of lilac, stylists trim hair and tame unruly curls and frizz with formaldehyde-free Brazilian Blowout Zero Plus treatments.
The master manicurists at Nail Envy direct their undivided attention towards mitten- and flipper-fillers during a variety of soothing manicure and pedicure services. Hot-towel treatments, hand and foot massages, and cooling gels encourage appendage enders to abandon their stresses before seasoned nail technicians slather scratchers with colorful OPI polishes. The highly trained beauticians can also bedeck digits with vibrant Gel Color to safeguard nails with long-lasting pigment and miniature electric fences.
The licensed aestheticians at FaceLuXe clear skin of blemishes and unwanted hair with a full spectrum of facials and waxing services. Consultations precede each treatment, during which skin specialists select products that match clients’ specific skin types. They then use these products in signature facials designed to address issues associated with aging, such as fine lines and blemishes from trying to blow out too many birthday candles at once. FaceLuXe offers relaxation packages such as the Revive treatment, which includes a massage, facial, and eye and lip treatments.
The staff at Identity Salon and Spa understands that full-body wellness is a three-front fight. With that in mind, their stylists, spa techs, and fitness instructors join forces to keep clients looking, feeling, and performing their best. Stylists versed in Schwarzkkopf, Redkin, Matrix, Logics and Wella color bless fresh cuts with professional, personality-changing hues, and nail techs coat digits with sturdy OPI and Creative polishes. On the spa side, massage therapists deploy Swedish and deep tissue strokes to knead knots out of muscles and wring stress from connective tissue. Their esthetician friends tackle surface concerns, mitigating fines lines and wrinkles with everything from facials to Juvederm and Botox injectables.
Unlike many professional beauty outlets, Identity Salon and Spa also places an emphasis on physical fitness. Their team of instructors lead up to 30 students in pulse-hiking group classes powered by yoga's restorative stretches, Zumba's high-energy rhythms, or the toning motions found in Pilates exercises. Instructors schedule classes throughout the day, helping students work up pre-office sweats in early bird sessions or banish post-work stress in evening workouts.