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.
Beauty comes in many forms at Salon Bella & Boutique. Hairstylists craft elegant haircuts with highlights and lowlights, skincare specialists offer facials and waxing, and nail technicians adorn fingers and toes with nail art, mani-pedis, and spa pedicures with sugar scrubs and massages. This full-service salon also features Level 3 and Level 4 tanning services as well as a full boutique.
Whenever her kids' bangs began to fall into their eyes, Paula Thurman couldn't help but feel a twinge of anxiety. She knew a trip to the hairdresser was in store, which meant an hour of squirming, whining, and complaining about itchy bits of fallen hair. But it was on one such trip that inspiration struck. As Paula told reporters from the Kansas City Business Journal, “as soon as I walked [into the salon], a fire went off in me, and I knew it. I saw it and thought, ‘I can do this.’” Although she had no experience running a salon or business, Paula had plenty experience keeping kids happy. She decided to combine that with keen motherly intuition and lessons learned from a few business classes to design a special salon for energetic youngsters—Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids was born.
Today, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has sprouted locations across Kansas, Missouri, and into New Mexico. Amid the salons' mad splashes of color, cheerful stylists snip up new styles and arrange locks into playful pigtails and beehives that are perfectly sized to hide uneaten vegetables. While they work, their young clients sit in chairs shaped like race cars, watching movies or playing video games. As kids are getting cuts, moms can shop for a toy, bow, or bottle of root-beer-scented shampoo for their wee ones in the onsite boutique.
Multitalented aesthetician Melissa lures inner beauty outward with customized salon and skin services at Hair Graphics' cozy studio. With the aid of Keyano Aromatics skincare serums, the specialist enhances individual features through eight styles of facials and body scrubs infused with nourishing botanicals.
ResponsesSignature Service: Beneficial facials
Brands Used: BioElements, All About You Botanicals
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 17
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
I have worked with BioElements since 1996. It is great for all skins and I am pleased that it contains no perfumes or fragrances. The All About You Botanical line has some fabulous ingredients, like salicylic and glycolic acids that work hard to treat damaged skin.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
My clients make me happy. I've been lucky to be in business for 20 years and I love coming to work. Seeing someone come in with damaged skin and watching their glowing smiles after a facial is quite rewarding.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
They don't wash their face. If you only wash once, wash your face at night so you don't roll around on a dirty pillowcase day after day. Your face collects dirty makeup and oily skin that you come in contact with each and every night. Plus, your skin tells on you when you don't wash it.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Facials are relaxing, but they are also stimulating for both men and women. It gives an extra push to clean the dead skin cells off and bring the new skin to the surface; it can take years off of your look.
After a warm welcome at the door, the staff at Stories & Dreamz whisks clients to a styling station in the spacious salon, where they'll revamp your skin and nails. As you bask in the relaxing atmosphere and sip a refreshment, your aesthetician will reduce your resemblance to the Swedish Chef with an eyebrow streamlining ($10–$14) or prep your pelvis for summer with a basic bikini wax ($45). If your talons are in need of taming now that your bald-eagle internship is over, a basic manicure ($15) and pedicure ($35) will curtail cuticles, banish hangnails, and massage stiff phalanges.