Mes Bon Amis Salon with Jen Grillo offers aesthetic treatments focused on two areas: hair and nails. Jen can apply vivid Gelish to nails during mani-pedis or flex her styling muscles with updos, textured cuts, and services for curly hair. She also animates a deep passion for color in her hair work, which she’s perfected over the course of eight years as a professional. During that time, she’s also taken classes on cutting, color techniques, and updos, sharpening her skills in the same way movie villains hone their skills through moustache-twirling classes.
Unlike stylists who do only hair, nine-year beauty veteran Amanda Bluestein coaxes out clients’ beauty from many angles. Trained in cosmetology and drawing on years of hands-on expertise at Elayna’s and Tuscan Sky Salon, Amanda can resculpt tresses one minute and get skin glowing with a Norvell custom spray tan the next. She holds a special affinity for dolling up brides and ladies prepping for other special occasions. The precision updos and makeup involved require a steady hand and a keen eye, and Amanda excels at using all three.
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.
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).
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.