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.
The skilled staffers at Belleza Salon transmogrify pale skin into golden silk using a precise combination of the TANS spray-tanning solution and sunny disposition. Special tanning tents encase clients during the personal pigmentation process, emulating human-sized cocoons when newly bronzed bodies emerge ready to pollinate beaches with confidence and dance moves. An all-natural blend of sugar cane and bronzer, the TANS solution is alcohol-free, contains SPF 15, and tastes great when liberally applied to ice cream. Containing antioxidants and no harsh chemicals, the TANS spray solution works well for most skin types and imbues radiance that lasts approximately 7 to 10 days.
Tom Zimmermann, the cosmetologist behind Tommy Z's Salon and Spa, has been in the beauty business since 1978 and running his own shops since 1984. Those decades of experience helped him assemble his current crack team of stylists, skincare specialists, and massage therapists. In the salon, they revamp looks with cuts, colors, and straightening sessions for men’s and women’s hair and work with brides-to-be to create personalized looks and rice-catching updos for weddings. In the spa, the crew pampers complexions with facials and peels and kneads stress out of muscles with expertly executed massages.
The style stalwarts at Supercuts have trimmed, toned, and honed the domes of hair-bearing hominids for decades. Walk-ins and waltz-ins are always welcome seven days a week at any of Supercuts' convenient locations. The experienced stylists can accommodate cuts ranging from quick, careful mop maintenance to a more buzzworthy beehive for hypnotizing local grizzlies. Each scissor-handed specialist will draw from a vat of experience, leveraging quality hair products from Paul Mitchell and others to infuse your filaments with a winsome glow and creative coiffure. Feel free to stockpile up to three Groupons to ensure a series of sure-fire cuts before snow-spooked wallets retreat into prolonged hibernation.
The Rat Pack members were known for their smooth tunes, charming personalities, and classic style. When they visited St. Louis, the quintet kept themselves looking sharp with trips to a barbershop tucked inside the basement of the historic Chase Park Plaza. Though the original barbershop is long gone, Cutters & Co. picked up the slack, and today its staff carries on the tradition at the original barbershop's location. Cutters opened in true Rat Pack style on Frank Sinatra's 90th birthday, providing the community with artful male grooming, including expert haircuts that come with a scalp massage, a shampoo, and a Sammy Davis, Jr.–mustache application. The shop's signature service encompasses a haircut, a hot-towel facial, and a chair massage. Guests are even encouraged to kick back with a complimentary beer from Cutters' fully stocked cooler of seasonal brews. Past brands have included Corona for Cinco de Mayo, Schlafly summer lager to kick off summer 2012, and Budweiser as a tribute to the Rat Pack's favorite drink.
With more than a decade of experience in the beauty industry, salon owner and certified colorist Natalie Harvey gives her clients fresh, new looks with her hairstyling services. She started her career at a young age and soon found herself teaching other stylists her techniques. Now, at Arco Hair Company, she calls on these experiences to lead a team of such maverick hair experts as Courtney Bass. After training under acclaimed St. Louis stylists, Courtney steeped himself in the Los Angeles fashion industry, honing a sense for cuts and color that challenged the style status quo. Today, Natalie, Courtney, and the rest of Arco's style team create fresh new looks with Schwarzkopf Professional color and the GKhair smoothing system.