As a child, Dannielli Marcelino never wanted to be a princess—she aimed straight for the title of queen. Her visits to Brazil's many salons and spas drew her attention to the meticulous waxers, whose dexterity and knack for imparting confidence resonated with her and inspired her to become an expert in their delicate art. After 15 years as a licensed aesthetician and laser technician, Dannielli has cemented that reputation at her business, Rio Wax Salon, where she is known as the Queen of Waxing.
Although deftness is an essential part of her success, Dannielli knows that the breeziest Brazilian and bikini waxes require more than seasoned hands. She has developed an exclusive formula—part hard wax, part royal pink wax, and part honey wax—to make hair removal virtually painless.
Each licensed aesthetician at the salon can deliver a quick and comfortable waxing experience, since each is trained by Dannielli herself. All waxing services adhere to the spa's strict no-double-dipping policy, meaning that no spatula ever re-enters a pot of wax, ensuring a safe and hygienic service for each new client.
Attitude plays another role, and Dannielli was praised for her calming warmth by AzCentral.com's Best, in which Rio Wax Salon won Best Place for a Bikini Wax in 2011. Her royal standing has also led to multiple appearances in media outlets such as Good Morning Arizona and Perfectify magazine.
Rio Wax Salon's licensed aestheticians are not exclusively waxers, however. They perform a range of beauty and wellness treatments in their verdant garden getaway, including laser hair removal, custom facials, and massages. To further boost their skin's beach-ready look or prepare for an office swimsuit competition, clients can step into a VersaSpa sunless tanning booth or browse a selection of sultry bikinis Dannielli has brought from Brazil.
The specialists at Brody Massage each possess a minimum of five years' experience in their industry, which helps them pinpoint trouble areas and efficiently shoo away tension during each massage treatment they perform. Within private treatment rooms with walls adorned with Asian-inspired rice-paper dividers, therapists listen to their clients' desires in order to customize a variety of massage modalities, including reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish, and craniosacral therapy, which targets specialized points of the skull, face, and neck with massage techniques and all-natural spearmint oil. Meanwhile, detox treatments soak clients' feet in ionized water in hopes of liberating systems of harmful toxins, such as heavy metals, parasites, and socks.
Though Brody Massage is now a mecca for massage services, it didn't used to be. Its roots as a massage and spa supplies distributor still show today on shelves that brim with massage oils and aromatherapy supplies. The shop floor features even more tension-melting essentials, as its gleaming dark wood supports massage tables, barber chairs, and magnifying aesthetician's lights for reading the abort code written on the skin cells of every human.
AudGirl Aesthetics’ licensed aestheticians coax rejuvenated radiance out of weary countenances with the Americanized Geisha facial. After a gentle wash removes surface dirt, visages slough off used-up cells via microdermabrasion, whose tiny crystals whisk away worn surfaces before forming themselves into a mobile for the delight of newborn cells. Aestheticians then envelop mugs in a mask of Uguisu No Fun, a favorite skincare product of Japanese geisha and kabuki actors. With nightingale droppings as its active ingredient, the enzyme-rich batter infuses countenances with the pearly smoothness of a marble statue and the healthy glow of a marble statue covered in glowsticks.
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.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body’s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
The talented and friendly team at R Salon aims to exceed client expectations as it performs transformative treatments—including hair services, massages, facials, and nailcare. Stylists nourish hair with products from top names such as Moroccan Oil and Alterna as they edge fringe into trendy asymmetrical cuts and pull off custom color treatments, enriching natural shades, or enhancing them with cheetah spots. The salon's loft-style space is designed to evoke an edgy New York vibe, complete with electric-blue furniture, lime-green walls, nightly performances of Cats, and a snack bar that keeps customers comfortably hydrated with refreshments.