The stylists at Shear Madness are equally comfortable sprucing up hairstyles with cuts and color treatments, waxing away facial hair, and misting exteriors with airbrush tans. But unlike Icarus, who flew so close to the sun that his wings got all sweaty and gross, they know their limitations; they pass clients over to an onsite massage therapist for bodywork sessions, which range from 30 to 90 minutes. Ever accommodating, the staff welcomes walk-ins during most business hours and on Saturdays, and they also schedule appointments for after 5 p.m.
The trained technicians at Polish Couture encourage guests to leave their cares at the door by welcoming them with a glass of wine or coffee and an array of snacks. High-quality nail polishes by OPI and CND Shellac await to revive tired toes, while hard-working paws can be further pampered with add-ons such as paraffin wax treatments. Staffers also draw upon Joico, Wella, and Dermalogica products to nourish hair and skin, creating luxurious strands and smooth, even complexions that invite more admiring glances than an attention-starved mirror.
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 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.
Nicole Hogan and Charles Gillick, owners of Blu: A Color Salon, don’t rest on their laurels just because they employ a team of talented stylists. During weekly three-hour continuing-education sessions, they keep their staffers abreast of the hottest trends in the salon world, such as feather extensions and silly-string ponytails. As its name implies, the salon specializes in coloring hair using products from the L’Oréal Professional line. The stylists also rely on L’Oréal products for power-dose treatments, which repair and strengthen damaged locks.
As clients await their turn in their stylist’s chair, they can sip from a complimentary glass of wine or cup of coffee. The warmly lit salon keeps easily frightened hair follicles relaxed with sleek decor that includes potted plants, track lighting, and a high ceiling.
Three independent aestheticians at Street Side Salon buff, polish, and style clients’ hair and nails, creating sleek new looks for all who enter. In a station designed to evoke the essence of a mini spa, Jessica Hentrich uses a decade of nailcare experience to pamper hands and feet. Weary feet can rest in a heated basin, or patrons can sink into an overstuffed chair.
On the other side of the salon, Debe Hentrich and Linda Hessling create face-framing hairstyles. An experienced cosmetologist and hair artist, owner Debe snips and colors strands, infusing them with high-quality products from Moroccanoil, Keratin Complex, and Pureology. Her healthy-hair program leaves manes looking lush, and her eye for style is evidenced by the salon’s overall appearance. Linda Hessling expresses her hair expertise by shaping layers and lengths to fit each individual’s face or to match their looks with photos of their pets.