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.
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.”
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.
Hollywood Tan's 11 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths, the latter of which bronzes hides using an aloe vera–based spray solution instead of UV rays or a mysterious candy-factory bubblegum that turns obnoxious children tan. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.