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.
Pacific Beach's Beauty Angel treatment pairs beautification and physique sculpting in a series of 10-minute sessions combining light therapy, vibration, and platform-based exercise. Within the stand-up booth, clients bask in a safe red light that works to reawaken the body's collagen and elastin factories, disentangling wrinkles around the eyes and firming skin across the entire physique. The booth sports a vibrating platform designed to help break down cellulite and further stimulate epidermal collagen production. The vibrating motion also facilitates muscle toning and recovery by relaxing fibers. After seven daily sessions over one week, wrinkles may begin to diminish, cellulite may begin fade, and skin may begin smooth out, negating the need to seek eternal youth in every municipal fountain.
Shave No More champions smooth hides with FDA-approved Palomar lasers and efficient, crystal-free microdermabrasion. During each of the six 10-minute hair-removal treatments (a $32 value/treatment), underarm bristles absorb laser energy, which produces heat that damages the follicle and prevents future regrowth. Pre- and post-cooling sessions minimize any minor discomforts and give patients the ability to conjure snow cones out of thin air.
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.
Professional micropigmentologist Virginia Schulte is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, a credential she wields when employing a range of laser-based cosmetic procedures along with her team of certified, experienced laser technicians. Virginia directs a digital pen machine over lash lines, brows, and lips to deliver permanent makeup definition and trades traditional hair-removal techniques for the pulsing power of a FDA-approved noninvasive laser. Aesthetic services, from photofacials and skin analyses to permanent makeup and hair removal, take place in a state-inspected, hygienic room that enlists sterile tools to assuage the physical effects of age and repel a squeamish Father Time.
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Bronze Touch Tan Spa sun-kisses bodies with Ergoline tanning beds and custom airbrush spray tans as seen on KMOV 4. Shading artists hand-spray faces and limbs to disguise stretch marks and other blemishes with natural-looking golden hues, and a fleet of tanning beds invites patrons to lounge and tan simultaneously. UV-radiant bulbs range in intensity, with several levels of exposure to transmogrify all types of skin to golden brown. Bronze Touch also carries tanning lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and Designer Skin, which lavish dermises with nutrients more effectively than rolling around in a bed of spinach.