Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott Career College trains tomorrow’s aestheticians and stylists, giving beauty students practice perfecting their craft. Hair, nails, makeup, facials, waxing, and eyebrow tinting are all offered in this busy teaching salon, and all treatments are completed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
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.
Ample mirrors reflect the salon's lavender walls and black-and-white checkered floors, giving it a sleek, '80s-throwback vibe. Amid these jazzy accents, skilled stylist Josette Hall manufactures stylish up-dos and highlights, available in an olympic assortment of bronze and gold. Clients may also solicit the salon for other beautification services, such as mani-pedis that pop and facials that restore the complexion.
Though named for its styling services, Teri’s Hair Loft employs a staff whose expertise doesn’t stop at the scalp. The full-service salon and spa’s cream walls and subtle floral accents make for an appropriately relaxing background as registered massage therapists, stylists, and aestheticians work side-by-side to weave together beauty and relaxation. They greet every man, woman, and dry-skinned golem who enters the salon with a smile and a personal consultation. Among the salon’s customized services are keratin smoothing treatments for the hair, facials and waxing treatments for the skin, and massages in styles that range from Swedish to hot stone.
The team of creative stylists at Designing Women Hair Salon strives to realize clients' hair-related visions with thorough consultations. The crew has been cutting and coloring hair for more than 20 years—or the amount of time needed to give the Statue of Liberty a perm—and employs Sebastian products to sculpt hair into sleek styles or wedding-worthy updos.
The stylists cultivate a friendly, welcoming vibe at individually decorated, wood-trimmed stations, which define each of their personalities against a backdrop of earthy reddish-brown walls and pops of green from plants.
At Skin Solutions, located inside Rio Salon, the staff has an express set of goals: to reduce the signs of age and get rid of unwanted hair while impacting their clients' day as little as possible. To these ends, registered nurse Kathy LeFever leads an aesthetic team through the use of Botox and noninvasive lasers, filling out wrinkles and zapping unwanted hair from head to toe. And the combination of these two treatments is indicative of the larger trend that all the aestheticians follow—pairing pampering services with medical-grade technology. Facials and peels, for instance, offset IPL facial treatments and micro-pigmentation cosmetics, which render eyeliner that lasts up to five years, by which time everyone will have CGI eyeliner.