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.
Studio owner, chiropractor, and hot-yoga enthusiast Dr. Bridget Brasfield helps her students to hone mind-body awareness through therapeutic yoga practice. Her studio heats up to a balmy 95 degrees to help even the most rigid of students to stretch and strengthen as they flow through a series of poses. As a result of the heat, students can also expect to sweat out the naturally occurring toxins that stem from everyday living and daily attempts to become superhuman via lab mishaps.
The namesake behind Bella's Magic Nails & Spa welcomes clients to her station inside Reed Hair Design where she conjures smooth, elegant fingertips from dull and damaged nails. Bella lavishes attention on hands and feet during her signature services, even coating fingertips in durable shellac polishes that maintain a glossy shine longer than standard polish and more comfortably than laminated gloves.
Claire Clark Face & Body's eponymous owner draws upon on more than a decade of experience as she enlivens and massages clients inside her peaceful treatment room. When she’s not alleviating stress with her hands, Claire uses a variety of beauty products to pamper clients with spa services such as organic facials infused with raw fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Her microcurrent face-lifts tighten visages without the risk associated with surgery, just as her waxing services remove unwanted hairs without the risks associated with napping under the vacuum cleaner.
Our Health Club & Spa corrals a state-of-the-art fitness center and full-service day spa under one roof, helping clients radiate health from the inside out. Weight rooms, a swimming pool, saunas, and a juice bar comprise the physical-focused side of the center, where certified personal trainers monitor form and fitness trainers lead more than 30 classes per week. Pampering is the priority on the spa side, which offers everything from customized therapeutic massages and European facials to gentlemen's pedicures, which skip the polish in favor of a barely perceptible coat of Armor All.
Though the club's focus is mainly on adult activities, kids can flex their growing flippers in one-on-one swimming lessons or socialize with other tykes in a childcare center, where colorful toys spill out from rows of cubbyholes. Seniors will find themselves equally at home at Our Health Club & Spa with arthritis-focuses classes that provide an opportunity to stretch out aches and whirlpools that provide a perfect setting for stage readings of The Caine Mutiny.
For more than 15 years, Amy Reed traveled from LA to New York to Chicago, training with professionals and mastering the art of hairstyling. After settling down in St. Louis, she opened her own eponymous studio. Inside its clean, spacious location, which is decorated with modern art, she and her team focus entirely on locks. The small team—divided into junior, senior, and master-level stylists—performs color treatments, cuts, and styling with the precision of bluegrass banjoists playing “Flight of the Bumblebee.”