A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
Valentine's Day is typically a stressful time of booked restaurants, singing telegrams, and raccoon uprisings. Today’s Groupon will help you and your date stay loose and relaxed through it all: for $70, you get two one-hour Swedish massages and two half-hour candlelit Jacuzzi soaks at Body Options Massage and Day Spa (a $170 value). Located in Hazelwood's Village Square Shopping Center in North St. Louis County, Body Options' quiet, comfortable atmosphere and professional staff make it worth the short drive. While one person can use both sessions on themselves, you can also split this Groupon into one session for two people—making it an ideal couples gift for Valentine's Day, as well as an above-average Arbor Day gift. Call at least a day ahead to schedule your appointment.
Caribbean Solutions crafts safe, all-natural sun protection, hair, and skincare products to keep outer layers looking like new. Every plant-based product in the line is made without harmful chemicals or animal testing and packaged in recycled materials. The jade tanning oil draws on natural sunflower oil to give the skin a deeper hue ($18), and the golden opal tanning oil lends more conspicuous results, perfect for those seeking a richer luminosity or posing as Oscar statues ($25). Body satin moisturizer hydrates and smoothes ($20), and a range of shampoos and conditioners, in scents such as rainforest citrus mint and tropical mist, keeps flowing manes flouncy ($10 each).
Led by Steven and Markita Holloway, the team at Studio 6 Salon & Spa works together to provide budget-friendly beautification services that have caught the attention of magazines such as Essence and Salon Sense. Stylists craft the latest hair designs, ranging from spiral perms to bonded or sewn-in weaves. The spa's tranquil, sea-green-toned ambiance, abundance of plants, and comfortable armchairs create a relaxing background for mani-pedis as well as facials, body wraps, and waxing services.
Couples can enjoy an aromatherapy or hot-stone massage together in a private room. For larger groups, the crew offers spa packages or parties for little princesses complete with wands, robes, and pointers on how to dance in glass slippers.
Like the full range of muscles it challenges, Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa affords a full range of experiences to a broad spectrum of visitors, from corporate coworkers to athletic kids. A 25-yard indoor lap pool hosts swimmers, who can dry off with towels in a full-amenity locker room. Group fitness classes challenge visitors to sweat through cycling, Pilates, and aqua Zumba. The latter gets swimming bodies boogying to the tune of energetic international and Latin rhythms. There are also more than 47 pieces of cardio equipment that allow visitors to work out independently, and some of the cardio machines have flat-screen TVs and satellite radio, which actually orbits you as you listen to it.
In order to offer their visitors ample guidance, Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa staffs several personal trainers, who assist clients striving for a variety of goals, including weight loss and injury recovery. The facility’s free childcare allows parents to work out without the hassle of finding a sitter, and its spa allows those same parents to shed every last scintilla of stress during a relaxing massage.
Each day, visitors to Cary O'Briens Design & Color Spa leave transformed. Whether sporting a new haircut, strutting into an event after a makeup application, or briefly forgetting how to follow the law of gravity on a wave of post-massage bliss, clients emerge back out into the world looking and feeling better than when they walked in. Using top-shelf products from the likes of Redken, Paul Mitchell, Dermalogica, and OPI, the spa's beauty experts cater each service to meet the needs of each client.