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.
A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
The staff at James Pearson Day Spa Salon takes care of their guests with an impressive selection of services that refresh the body and put minds at ease. They touch up exteriors with everything from nail and hair-removal treatments to hairstyling supported by computer imaging software. Among their other spa treatments, customized facials rehydrate dry skin using Yon-Ka brand products. The Yon-Ka line, which is used by Hollywood celebrities and has been manufactured in France for more than 50 years, specializes in phyto-aromatic skincare, meaning their products are derived from natural plant oils and extracts.
Each day, visitors to Cary O'Briens Design & Color Spa leave transformed. Whether sporting a new haircut, strutting into an event after a makeup application, or briefly forgetting how to follow the law of gravity on a wave of post-massage bliss, clients emerge back out into the world looking and feeling better than when they walked in. Using top-shelf products from the likes of Redken, Paul Mitchell, Dermalogica, and OPI, the spa's beauty experts cater each service to meet the needs of each client.
Schooled in the latest hair techniques, the skilled stylists at Inside Out Hair Salon turn dull locks dazzling with expertly executed haircuts, skin-tone complementing highlights, and other aesthetically pleasing services. Pair a face-framing haircut and complimentary styling lesson ($21+) with natural-looking highlights designed to brighten drab skull jackets ($60+). Teenage or middle-aged werewolves can benefit from the salon's discreet waxing services for the back ($40+), arms ($30+), or brows ($15+), and dancing damsels step through the salon for eye-catching makeup applications ($50+).
The skilled stylists at The Texture Room Salon & Spa contour coif holders with the latest trends in hair cuttery. Armed with arsenals of professional products, teams of tress tacklers trim lengthy locks, big bangs, and short 'dos like a well-oiled beauty platoon. During each service, guests recline in shallow sinks, absorbing the bubbly bliss of a scalp shampoo before their scheduled shearing. Upon cutting completion, strands are sleekly blow-dried and styled, resulting in the kind of clear-headed confidence that emboldens Sudoku-puzzle lovers to use ink.