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.
Within Salon Couture of Southington, expert salon techs perform beautifying treatments amid red and white accents that recall the hues of peppermint candies and classic barber poles. The team snips hair, paints locks in shimmering highlights, and fastens updos while utilizing the complete line of Paul Mitchell products. They also create flawless faces with airbrush makeup and bronze limbs with airbrush-tanning solutions, enriched with vitamins and antioxidants. For clients seeking relief from tension or toxins, the staffers offer custom massage and facial services, and they can banish unwanted chin hair or Sharpie moustaches with facial-waxing services.
Signature Service: Mineral body wraps
Brands Used: Suddenly Slender
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Bring dry bra/undergarments, no lotion/oil on skin prior to wrap, no heavy meal beforehand.
Whether performing a Swedish massage or energy work, licensed massage therapist Mary Glimpse customizes every treatment to suit the client. No two massages at Healing Touch Massage and Wellness are exactly alike?Glimpse may supplement a Swedish massage with a stroke from her deep-tissue repertoire, or she might simply sprinkle the back muscles with a touch of paprika.
At Starla's Salon & Spa, more than 20 beauty professionals dedicate their talents toward enhancing natural beauty. They each possess a rich backlog of experience. Owner Starla Zarbo, a stylist with more than 20 years of experience, sets the example by continually enrolling in educational seminars. Aesthetician Judy Kohlberg has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of additional training in London, and integrates technology into various treatments, using a mechanical wand to resurface skin and a cold-light laser to diminish signs of aging such as crow's feet and eagle talons. These women join other specialists who work in a sunlit salon with black, red, and white walls.