Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
Fashion-forward Ola Hawatmeh knows the balancing act that comes with working and motherhood. Over the years, she found the perfect formula to raising children, holding down a job, and looking good. At Mom Me Makeover, she builds other mothers’ confidence with makeovers. Packages can include a new hairstyle from a Beverly Hills stylist, makeup application, relaxing massage, personal shopper, and personal trainer—all with Ola’s stamp of approval.
Seeing the positive changes in the women she has helped over the years pushed Ola to start a nonprofit called Makeover for a Cause. With the charity, she bestows her expertise upon cancer victims and homeless, battered, and sheltered women. She also runs Styles by Ola, where she produces fashion shows and creates new clothing lines.
Since the first Fantastic Sams salon opened its doors 35 years ago, stylists at each locally owned and operated franchise have stayed up to date on the latest industry trends. Before each haircut, a stylist shampoos and massages the scalp for three minutes to relieve tension and cleanse the mane of any gels or Gak. In addition to coiffing or coloring tresses, stylists trim beards and mustaches, or remove them entirely with facial-waxing services. An exclusive line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products nourish hair with pro-vitamins, soy protein, and silicone.
At ColorFX, skilled stylists and aestheticians execute a slew of services with a special focus on color and color correction, earning themselves a nomination for Alive magazine's Best Salon award. The friendly staff also treats feet to pedicures and hands to a variety of manicures, including hot-oil manicures, and nail art. To keep up on the latest trends and to prevent hair from devouring clients à la Cousin Itt of the Addams Family, the experienced stylists participate in continuous training and education.
The stylists at Matthew Robert Color + Design begin each visit with a consultation in order to create an accurate CAD blueprint of a hair design that works with your face shape, lifestyle, and personal requests while still being structurally sound enough to weather earthquakes. Once they've sculpted your disheveled noodle nest into a magnificent mane, they'll give you a styling lesson so that you can recreate the new 'do at home without having to install a height-adjustable salon chair. Next, a custom-blended Powerdose deep-conditioning treatment will airlift heavy buildup from each follicle, add volume to quiet locks, and amp up highlights and lowlights. This process will prepare locks for your choice of a shine-enhancing color treatment, feature highlights, or a single-process color.
The master manicurists at Nail Envy direct their undivided attention towards mitten- and flipper-fillers during a variety of soothing manicure and pedicure services. Hot-towel treatments, hand and foot massages, and cooling gels encourage appendage enders to abandon their stresses before seasoned nail technicians slather scratchers with colorful OPI polishes. The highly trained beauticians can also bedeck digits with vibrant Gel Color to safeguard nails with long-lasting pigment and miniature electric fences.