A.J. and Allison had really important napkins. Over a few glasses of wine, the pair scribbled ideas and notes onto the normally disposable squares, and what began as a dream over drinks quickly grew into Poco Hair Company. Today, the ladies give hair the attention they once gave napkins, creating dazzling 'dos via cut and color services. Their irreverent decor engages the eyes of patrons as trained stylists expertly detach split ends, add desired layers, and remove stray pelican feathers for a variety of styles, from bohemian to natural to punk.
The salon's decor is total vintage with leather furniture, zebra-print accent pillows, and vinyl records hanging on the wall. But just because the decor is retro, doesn't meant the styling is. A hair guru can craft a classic wave, or go mod with a pixie cut and vibrant color. Guests may also undergo refreshing facials, mani-pedis, Novalash eyelash extensions, makeup application, or airbrush tanning services.
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.
Mirrors in bold orange frames reflect the skillful motions of stylists as they trim clients' hair at Cut N' Dye Salon. Davines products made with high-grade, natural ingredients help color locks, and formaldehyde-free Coppola Keratin Complex treatments smooth frizz. The stylists can also weave in natural-looking hair extensions to add length and volume, feather extensions to add color, and satellites for better cable reception.
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.
Christina Studios takes its name from Christina D. Passanise, who has worked as a makeup artist and aesthetician for more than 14 years. Ms. Passanise specializes in makeup for weddings and other special occasions. She travels on-location for these events, often bringing along a hairstylist to complete looks. The beauty expert also works out of Clare's of Clayton Salon, where she makes over clients with spa services such as PCA peels. She also works with models and occasionally appears on television programs to dish out beauty tips.