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.
Xtreme Tan's staff members call on their Smart Tan training—a program that instills professional savvy in sunburn prevention and correct UV dosage—to guide clients toward the right path to achieving a bronzed beach glow. After becoming acquainted with customers, the specialists carefully educate them on the salon’s offering of UV beds, airbrush-tanning methods, and a selection of lotions that deepen and prolong golden skin tones. The walk-in salon houses four levels of UV beds, each of which is stocked with high-efficiency bulbs that offer clients an indoor tan without having to fight the cat for a sunny spot by the window. Tanners can also forgo UV beams altogether with the salon’s airbrush-tanning service, which dispatches a trained staffer to mist individual curves with a pigmented spray that leaves skin bronze and glowing for up to 14 days.
From within Cut N' Dye Salon, Mandy Cissell works with clients to develop cuts that flatter their features. She pulls from All-Nutrient's professional line of organic products to update hues, whether with sun-kissed highlights or all-over color.
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.
Laura Sumner at Blades Salon gives a shot in the arm to self-confidence with transformative cut and color treatments and semipermanent lash extensions. She uses vinegar and essential oils to balance the skin's PH during restorative nail sessions. Guests may also request a swift facial wax or acrylic nails with unique designs such as cherries, dolphins, or your social security number.
Sarah uses a pair of scissors and a keen eye to craft classic and modern hairstyles on her clients at Angels on the Balcony. She also applies highlights to strands, and tempers frizz with Brazilian blowout treatments. Sarah holds a license in cosmetology in Missouri, Illinois, and Mars.