The vintage posters and floor murals in LuLu’s Hair Parlor call to mind the quirky, anything-goes philosophy of 1950s Las Vegas. Like the decor that surrounds them on all sides, the salon’s staffers negotiate the delicate balance between stylish and charming. Amid images of pinup girls and Rosie the Riveter, stylists cut and color hair and sculpt fancy updos for special occasions. Nearby, certified nail technicians prepare their clients for sockless sock hops with mani-pedis and acrylic nails.
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.
Verve Hair Salon was founded by husband and wife Jeff and Julie Lopinot, two veteran stylists committed to delivering fashionable, flattering haircuts. Having both attended Vidal Sassoon in London and worked as educators for Rusk, the duo now leads a staff of cosmetologists and specialists ready to conduct services keyed to each client's needs. Every precision haircut begins with a consultation to determine an approach based on factors including face shape, lifestyle, and affinity for upside-down roller coasters. In addition to cuts, the team also delivers coloring treatments ranging from double-process blonding to crown section highlights and dimensional coloring, as well as texturing services and hair extensions.
Similar to the apothecaries of old who mixed special tinctures and elixirs from such mundane ingredients as eye of newt and scrote of goat, the hair specialists at Abigail's will heal your winter hat-matted hair with a customized conditioning treatment ($20 value) right before your eyes. As they tailor a tonic for your tresses, Abigail's hairomancers will explain what sort of conditioning treatment they're mixing up and why they've chosen each herb, oil, protein, and flower. After they've filled your head with this nutrient-rich, follicle-generating information, you'll get a voluptuous blow-out ($10) plus a clean and efficient eyebrow ($15), lip ($12), or chin wax ($12).
The stylists at Salon Inertia treat clients to an eclectic mix of hair services, including specializing in thick, curly, or damaged hair. Inside the space, salon owner Melani and her team of style professionals buzz about seven new styling chairs that grace the remodeled interior of historic 1937 building. Here, polished hard floors complement lively turquoise and lime hues through the space.
Even before opening her new location, Melani has always called upon more than 10 years of experience and works closely with her fellow stylists to beautify hair. Here expanded team cuts hair, colors and styles locks with highlights and lowlights, affixes human-hair extensions, and administers texture services for new looks or schemes to hide from your bathroom mirror.
There’s only one rule at Donnal's Salon: Donnal’s vision is the last word. It might be hard for some to hand over full creative control, but according to St. Louis Magazine, "Donnal has clients who have moved to San Francisco or Chicago and still come back to have him cut their hair.” Perhaps what keeps them coming back—aside from the subliminal siren song broadcast from the Gateway Arch—is Donnal's ability to envision what hairstyle will bring out a client's best features. At his salon, he teaches a stable of apprentices and associate stylists how to similarly follow their instincts and provide clients with innovative cut and color treatments.