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.
The style stalwarts at Supercuts have trimmed, toned, and honed the domes of hair-bearing hominids for decades. Walk-ins and waltz-ins are always welcome seven days a week at any of Supercuts' convenient locations. The experienced stylists can accommodate cuts ranging from quick, careful mop maintenance to a more buzzworthy beehive for hypnotizing local grizzlies. Each scissor-handed specialist will draw from a vat of experience, leveraging quality hair products from Paul Mitchell and others to infuse your filaments with a winsome glow and creative coiffure. Feel free to stockpile up to three Groupons to ensure a series of sure-fire cuts before snow-spooked wallets retreat into prolonged hibernation.
Salon Ahloe's owner, Safe Ahloe, is a style-savvy stylist with more than 20 years of beauty-bolstering experience. He and his staff offer a full range of spa and salon treatments to smooth and soothe whatever section of your surface-area aches need tending, be it a freshly sore Olive Oyl tattoo or love-bite scars from a pet gull. Tend to tresses with a haircut (starting at $30 for women, $18 for men). Or, swiftly sever strands from overly follicled areas such as the face, bikini area, or pancreas ($35 each). A spa manicure ($25) or pedicure ($25) can gussy-up nail farms. Hour-long massages range from $65 to $85, depending on the style, and laser hair-removal treatments range from $45 to $300 per treatment. Because this deal can be applied to any of Salon Ahloe's myriad of services, you may have trouble deciding which parts (fingernails, toenails, chortum) should get special treatment. Flip a coin or a 12-sided die and call to schedule your appointment.
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.