A.J. and Allison had really important napkins. Over a few glasses of wine, the pair scribbled ideas and notes onto the normally disposable squares, and what began as a dream over drinks quickly grew into Poco Hair Company. Today, the ladies give hair the attention they once gave napkins, creating dazzling 'dos via cut and color services. Their irreverent decor engages the eyes of patrons as trained stylists expertly detach split ends, add desired layers, and remove stray pelican feathers for a variety of styles, from bohemian to natural to punk.
From within Cut N' Dye Salon, Mandy Cissell works with clients to develop cuts that flatter their features. She pulls from All-Nutrient's professional line of organic products to update hues, whether with sun-kissed highlights or all-over color.
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.
Sarah uses a pair of scissors and a keen eye to craft classic and modern hairstyles on her clients at Angels on the Balcony. She also applies highlights to strands, and tempers frizz with Brazilian blowout treatments. Sarah holds a license in cosmetology in Missouri, Illinois, and Mars.
Signature Service: Custom Color, Ombre, and Cut
Brands Used: Rusk
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Visuals aids are always a good thing to use when showing your stylist what you're wanting.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
[People] not using the proper products for their hair texture, so their hair is not holding the style or giving them the look they're trying to achieve.
What's the number one grooming tip every person should know?
Use a shampoo and conditioner with UV protector to protect your virgin or colored hair. Your color fades [during] your typical wash out, heat styling and UV lights.
If the apocalypse ever comes, what low-maintenance hairstyle would you recommend for the foraging person on-the-go?
A short modern pixie with a versatile fringe. Similar to Jennifer Laurence's hair cut.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am an educator for the manufacturer Rusk. I travel all over teaching salon classes on different cutting and coloring techniques.
Unlike stylists who do only hair, nine-year beauty veteran Amanda Bluestein coaxes out clients’ beauty from many angles. Trained in cosmetology and drawing on years of hands-on expertise at Elayna’s and Tuscan Sky Salon, Amanda can resculpt tresses one minute and get skin glowing with a Norvell custom spray tan the next. She holds a special affinity for dolling up brides and ladies prepping for other special occasions. The precision updos and makeup involved require a steady hand and a keen eye, and Amanda excels at using all three.