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.”
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.
Studio owner, chiropractor, and hot-yoga enthusiast Dr. Bridget Brasfield helps her students to hone mind-body awareness through therapeutic yoga practice. Her studio heats up to a balmy 95 degrees to help even the most rigid of students to stretch and strengthen as they flow through a series of poses. As a result of the heat, students can also expect to sweat out the naturally occurring toxins that stem from everyday living and daily attempts to become superhuman via lab mishaps.
When it comes to beauty, the team at The Mane Attraction does it all, from haircuts and color to airbrush makeup and mani-pedis. Formal styles and updos ensure ladies look just right for their wedding, prom, or first day at a new job. The award-winning salon also applies hair extensions to help clients attain longer and fuller locks. The Mane Attraction also features a boutique with a variety of women's fashions.
Licensed massage therapist Cynthia Javurek, owner of Ahh C Kneads U, customizes her massages to each client's specific needs. She combines an array of modalities during custom sessions, including deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. Additional specialty massages include hot-stone and rejuvenating face-lift massages, which work to relieve stress in the facial muscles.
The team of massage therapists behind Bodies Kneaded have more than two decades of experience among them. They draw on that expertise to treat issues ranging from sports injuries to pains associated with pregnancy. In addition to custom-tailored massages, they relax visitors with skin-smoothing salt scrubs and mud wraps. Appointments are available at two locations—one in Glen Carbon, one in Granite City. At the Glen Carbon location, aestheticians also perform diamond microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other skincare services.
In a chic studio ornamented with used guitars and old records, The Best Little Hair House's staff of well-trained stylists and aestheticians conjures relaxation with a catalogue of soothing spa and salon services. During the 60- to 75-minute custom facial, a visage-buffing artisan crafts an indulgent treatment to amplify each client's complexion, beginning with a custom-blended deep-pore cleansing. After scouring dermal manholes, an exfoliation purges toxins to surround smiling devices with a luminous epidermis. Clients receive a tension-taming massage of the face, neck, and shoulders, and a blended serum corrects imperfections and wards off the spirits of pimples gone by. The custom facial concludes with a Bioelements mask, which, once removed, reveals a smoother, healthier visage free of footprints from nesting birds.