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.
Mega Tan opens its doors to customers seven days a week, helping patrons achieve warm summer hues with a variety of tanning methods and bronze-enhancing products. The spa’s private treatment rooms come stocked with two levels of UV tanning beds, which build up golden deposits better than Fort Knox’s team of alchemists. The salon’s trained staffers can also fill airbrush-tanning wands with the patron’s choice of hue, dispensing a custom mist that ensures every curve is colored with a natural-looking tan. Tanners can partake of the salon’s services with individual visits or maintain consistent glows with packages that grant unlimited access to the spa’s equipment.
The familiar hum of blow dryers and the exacting snap of scissors resound throughout Salon J, where stylists labor over their clients’ hair with practiced technique and creative savvy. Haircuts for men and women breathe new life into outdated dos, which leap further into fashionable relevancy once they’ve been revived with a color touch-up or emblazoned by highlights. Technicians also offer waxing services for the eyebrows, lips, arms, and legs waxing.
Stylist Julie Kalm cuts and colors hair inside a small, intimate salon with polished wooden floors. Before getting your hair done, you can hang out in a welcoming waiting area that has plush armchairs and new magazines so you can keep up with the hairstyles of Supreme Court judges. She and the other stylists work at roomy styling stations with full-length mirrors.
The creative-minded team at Paintbox Nail Studiox can do almost anything to improve the appearance of fingers and toes. Their lengthy menu of services includes everything from hot oil manicures to acrylics, gel extensions, and nail design using patterned MINX nails. Younger customers can even stop in for a paintbox jr. party that includes kid-focused manicures.