At Sunlight Beauty, nails don’t have to scratch their way into the spotlight—they are the one and only focus for the team of nail technicians. That focus means they execute meticulous manicures and pedicures with gel, Shellac, and basic polishes and include additional treatments such as sugar scrubs to exfoliate and soften hands and feet. They also affix acrylic nails to digits and enhance individuality with custom nail art.
The walls are lavender. The doors are lavender. The smell might even be lavender. But here's the thing—Lavenders Nail & Tanning Studio is serious about the entire spectrum of colors, from bronzed skin tones to kaleidoscopically vivid nail polishes. Eight tanning beds install fresh-from-the-space-station glows with UV-light systems, while airbrush artists coat clients form head-to-toe without harsh aftereffects. Optional red-light therapy beds stimulate collagen to keep skin youthful by diminishing sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and other blemishes. Nearby, nail techs can coat nails in solid colors, polka-dot patterns, or collages that feature glitter and decals. However classic or daring clients want their nails to look, the savvy staff at Lavenders listens closely and delivers artful results.
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.
Board-certified Dr. John Russell safely blots out body doodles on any skin type with the FDA-approved YAG Q-switched laser in sessions that last about five minutes. During a free consultation, staffers explain the removal process and employ the Kirby-Desai scale to calculate the number of treatments necessary for complete removal, based on the ink's pigment, depth, hue, and invisible-ink content. The YAG laser shatters pigments into teeny particles so that the body can naturally evacuate them. Topical anesthetic and gusts of cool air from a Zimmer Chiller device diminish the laser's stings, which are akin to a rubber band's snap. Warm towels put clients at ease before employees cap off appointments by bandaging over fading ink and applying ice. After 5–15 sessions, clients flaunt immaculate epidermal terrains, generally free of scarring and barbecue-sauce stains that were mistaken for tattoos.
The Swanson Center––helmed by Dr. Eric Swanson, a certified plastic surgeon––is home to advanced technology, products from coveted brands, and, perhaps most importantly, trained and experienced staff members. Here, Aesthetician Nicki helps her clients take advantage of the clinic's resources by brightening faces with services such as MegaPeel microdermabrasions treatments and laser skin resurfacing, which Dr. Swanson incorporates into his facelift surgeries. In addition to tummy tucks and breast lifts, the staff offers less-invasive services, including Botox injections and laser hair removal. But Dr. Swanson doesn’t just help the patients who enter his office. With an eye toward benevolence, he has also participated in reconstructive surgeries to help children.
Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.