A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
From DermaSweep microdermabrasions and Botox injections to FDA-approved Cutera and Venus Freeze laser systems, the medical team at Eternity Medical Spa is armed with anti-aging and beauty procedures that reduce mild scarring and signs of aging. The spa uses medical grade skin care products, available only through a physician, that soothe irritated skin as well as pulses of light that reduce sun damage and dark circles under the eye.
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The staff at James Pearson Day Spa Salon takes care of their guests with an impressive selection of services that refresh the body and put minds at ease. They touch up exteriors with everything from nail and hair-removal treatments to hairstyling supported by computer imaging software. Among their other spa treatments, customized facials rehydrate dry skin using Yon-Ka brand products. The Yon-Ka line, which is used by Hollywood celebrities and has been manufactured in France for more than 50 years, specializes in phyto-aromatic skincare, meaning their products are derived from natural plant oils and extracts.
Though Mallia Color & Design Studio’s name honors the salon’s commitment to sculpting fetching hairstyles, the beauty boutique also excels at nearly any type of aesthetic treatment. Aestheticians administer a dozen different skin therapies, which range from microdermabrasion treatments to collagen and elastin facials. They also perform makeup services and ready visages for applications with facial waxing, threading, and inspiring pep talks. Nail techs groom digits with spa or express manicures and pedicures and apply and fill full sets of eye-catching nails. In the salon, a talented team of stylists crops tops. It can also lengthen coifs with extensions and customize hues and texture with a variety of color and keratin treatments.
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.