Inside Diva Couture Salon and Spa, hardwood floors underscore well-lit styling stations where hairdressers cut and colour manes to accentuate clients' best features. The space also includes a pedicure area, as well as private treatment rooms where certified aestheticians, clinicians, and massage therapists enhance body and mind with spa services and med-spa treatments. Herbal tea and espresso keep palates warm and relaxed for drawn-out thank you speeches.
The team of experts at Diva Couture Salon and Spa are educators in their respective fields of hair design, skincare, and makeup artistry. Dedicated to patients and survivors of cancer, they also offer discounted and complimentary services to those going through treatment and celebrates survivors by offering specials three times a year.
Sarah Knol crafts keratinized sculptures for women, men, and children with inspiration stemming from the natural beauty of mountainous terrain, classic styles, and a bohemian twist developed during her countrywide travels. After a quick wash, Sarah's sure-handed shears trim and style hair to customer specifications. A blow-dry session then bestows hair with voluminous body only achievable with Bella Capelli's signature high-speed wind tunnel. During this time, a deep-conditioning treatment wields the might of a L'Oreal power dose sealant—a product designed to target the mane's cuticles, leaving strands buffed to a lustrous shine normally reserved for mint-condition coins and chrome-dipped wigs.
Bella capelli is an Italian phrase that means beautiful hair. It's fitting, then, that amidst the salon's warm accents, skilled stylist Lindsey Pyatt blends classic and modern techniques to spruce up strands. She can revamp manes with a stylish new cut or simply trim bangs, add bold color or subtle highlights, invigorate hair with a deep-conditioning treatment, or smooth strands for weeks with keratin treatments.
It would be easy to pass an entire week at Infinite Tan & Spa, lounging on massage chairs, gossiping with the nail technicians, and sunning in advanced tanning beds as stereos pipe in your favorite CDs. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the only people who are able to spend an extended period of time at this tranquil oasis are the staff of specialists, who perform professional haircuts, adorn nails in Shellac polish, and soothe muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages. When administering professional facials, the expert aestheticians cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize skin to smooth wrinkles, reduce pores, and remove any last-minute shopping lists you might have hastily jotted on your forehead.
Melissa Johnson developed a passion for beauty in early childhood, when she cut and coiffed fashion-forward styles for her first clients—Barbie dolls. Now grown up, Johnson has gained expertise in hair services including cuts, coloring, hair feathers, and hair tinsel, the latter of which suggests the cheerfulness of Christmas more tastefully than a headband embroidered with a gift wish list. Since she also performs waxing, makeup application, and mani-pedi services, Johnson fits right in at the newly remodeled Salon Couture, a beauty haven with both plush white chairs set before bedroom-dresser-like styling stations and soft black recliners in private treatment rooms.
There’s only one rule at Donnal's Salon: Donnal’s vision is the last word. It might be hard for some to hand over full creative control, but according to St. Louis Magazine, "Donnal has clients who have moved to San Francisco or Chicago and still come back to have him cut their hair.” Perhaps what keeps them coming back—aside from the subliminal siren song broadcast from the Gateway Arch—is Donnal's ability to envision what hairstyle will bring out a client's best features. At his salon, he teaches a stable of apprentices and associate stylists how to similarly follow their instincts and provide clients with innovative cut and color treatments.