In the salon's modern interior, curved expanses of hardwood flooring flow beneath black-leather styling seats, and mirrors set in sleek wood panels reflect the light of mushroom-like hanging lamps. Waiting clients can enjoy the lounge's full bar service while reclining on a retro sofa with smooth, clean lines or use a complimentary iPad to order products (not included in today's Groupon), create their own client profile, or conduct last-minute research on pompadour styles.
The white tulip chairs, sleek charcoal and orange décor, and recessed lighting may give Wink Threading Salon a modern feel, but their specialty service is rooted in tradition. Instead of relying on harsh wax, chemicals, or duct tape, the hair removal experts reach for a simple length of antibacterial thread. By twisting the threads together and sweeping them across the skin, the stylists are able to swiftly and precisely uproot stray hairs, creating smooth, sure lines on the brows, upper lip, chin, or forehead. A writer for D Magazine in the feature "The Best Eyebrow Job I've Ever Had" called Wink’s threadong process "less painful…than wax" and "less tedious than tweezing," and even claimed that afterwards she was so pleased that she "could [not] stop looking at [her brows] in the rearview mirror."
The Cutting Edge Salon, owned and operated by a certified Redken Master Specialist, transforms tussled tresses into stylish 'dos. The savvy stylists pamper manes with services that range from cuts and styles to perms and colors. Chop off an obstinate cowlick or say adieu to split ends with a haircut and style ($18+ for children, $21+ for men, $33+ for women), or apply a dazzling look to locks with a coloring service ($63+ for full foils, $43+ for retouch). Like a naked-baby picture, hair is not always welcome everywhere. Remove unwanted hair with a lip waxing ($8) of full-face waxing ($24). The congenial coiffure crafters work with Pureology products, which are created from sulfate-free formulas, sunscreens, and antioxidants, as well as the time-tested Redken line.
The Eastern art of brow threading has become wildly popular in the United States, a trend aesthetician Almas Karowalia astutely followed, enabling her to open 15 locations of Perfect Brow Bar across the Midwest, Texas, and Louisiana. At each outpost, practitioners clean up uneven brows and hairlines with strands of twisted thread that can remove multiple rows of hair with a single pass. Her teams boast that they can complete brows in as little as 5 minutes and require only 10–15 minutes to thread an entire face. The expedient technique generally results in less pain and irritation than other hair-removal methods, though at Perfect Brow Bar patrons can also opt for traditional waxing services. In addition to hair removal, aestheticians dress up skin with makeup applications, lash extensions, and henna tattoos of tuxedos or ball gowns.
Carving presidential busts with your bare fingers and toes can produce exquisite art and help you totally nail that job interview, but it can also lead to pained digits. Today's Groupon will re-energize your extremities and make sure you get Grover Cleveland's distinguished dimples just right with a manicure and pediluxe pedicure at Hair Spray Cafe for $25 (a $60 value). The modern salon in the charming river market area on Delaware Street is a popular place, so making an appointment beforehand is recommended.
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.