The skin-shading specialists at Pacific Beach bestow bodies with smooth bronze hues in VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. A tanning consultant greets newcomers by shepherding patrons to the booth and demonstrating the correct four positions to optimize spray application and mock the sun like a heckling astronaut. As tanners stand in the heated booth, a nozzle spray coats the body with one of three shades of pulchritudinous hues, adding instant color that develops further within 4–6 hours. The sun-smooched look generally lasts from 7–10 days, about the amount of time it takes to cultivate a magic bean. Though it is not included in this Groupon, an amplifier helps balance out the skin's PH level ($5 packet) and moisturizing mist ($3) may seal in the skin-brightening effect.
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.
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' 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.
Hollywood Tan's 12 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths, the latter of which bronzes hides using an aloe vera–based spray solution instead of UV rays or a mysterious candy-factory bubblegum that turns obnoxious children tan. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.
For more than 15 years, Amy Reed traveled from LA to New York to Chicago, training with professionals and mastering the art of hairstyling. After settling down in St. Louis, she opened her own eponymous studio. Inside its clean, spacious location, which is decorated with modern art, she and her team focus entirely on locks. The small team—divided into junior, senior, and master-level stylists—performs color treatments, cuts, and styling with the precision of bluegrass banjoists playing “Flight of the Bumblebee.”