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.
Licensed aesthetician Emily Miller puts her artistic skills as an abstract painter and expert color mixer to use as she beautifies faces with professional makeup applications and skincare services. Collaborating with high-end clients such as MTV and the Food Network, Emily has gained extensive experience keeping epidermises healthy and happy with customized facials and bridal-makeup applications. Visitors can lounge about the private treatment room as Emily primps and primes epidermises until natural beauty swims to the skin's surface like the most beautiful shark in the world.
Helmed by a certified RN, the team of massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians at Serenity Day Spa enhances exteriors and relieves stress. Aestheticians employ d’vine and Hylunia facial products to banish signs of aging, such as crow’s-feet and eyebrows still furrowed about Benedict Arnold, and wield soy-based Nufree-Nudesse wax to oust unwanted fuzz. The spa’s four massage therapists cater their kneading to each back, deepening relaxation with hot stones or reflexology techniques. Whether whitening teeth or gussying up nails with Shellac and acrylics, the professionals do their best to set clients at ease and send them back into the world feeling rejuvenated both inside and out.
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.
At Sunlight Beauty, nails don’t have to scratch their way into the spotlight—they are the one and only focus for the team of nail technicians. That focus means they execute meticulous manicures and pedicures with gel, Shellac, and basic polishes and include additional treatments such as sugar scrubs to exfoliate and soften hands and feet. They also affix acrylic nails to digits and enhance individuality with custom nail art.