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.
The stylists at Salon Inertia treat clients to an eclectic mix of hair services, including specializing in thick, curly, or damaged hair. Inside the space, salon owner Melani and her team of style professionals buzz about seven new styling chairs that grace the remodeled interior of historic 1937 building. Here, polished hard floors complement lively turquoise and lime hues through the space.
Even before opening her new location, Melani has always called upon more than 10 years of experience and works closely with her fellow stylists to beautify hair. Here expanded team cuts hair, colors and styles locks with highlights and lowlights, affixes human-hair extensions, and administers texture services for new looks or schemes to hide from your bathroom mirror.
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.
The only things more modern than Christopher Stevens the Salon's contemporary atmosphere?complete with exposed-brick walls and metallic accents?are the hairstyles exiting through its doors. Inside the chic loft space, stylists take manes of all colors, lengths, and textures and mold them into hip coifs. The staff includes stylists who specialize in cutting, coloring, and styling natural hair, as well as those who excel at applying natural-looking sew-in weaves or strand-smoothing relaxers, which are ideal for those with curly, frizzy, color-treated, or anxious hair.
Inside 212 Salon & Spa, stylist Bridget Caradine uses her Paul Mitchell training to create stylish, healthy hair. She works with both straight and textured natural hair, which she can emphasize with twists or locs or smooth out with keratin treatments. Alongside more traditional hairstyles, she also can apply feather extensions to create a pop of color and texture. She works with clients of all ages, so families can come in for a complete hair makeover together.
Growing up, Danielle Beckham was the frequent winner of local art contests. Her gifts with color and composition gradually drew her to the world of cosmetology, where she now exerts her expertise as the owner of the aptly named Artisans Salon. Danielle’s cadre of stylists updates tresses for men and women alike, bestowing services such as hair color, Brazilian blowouts, and hot shaves.