Cosmetologist Ambra Robinson sets up shop at 212 Salon, where she beautifies clients with hairstyling and nailcare. Along with cuts and styles, she updates locks with Brazilian keratin treatments and bang-trims, helping guests achieve a new look and reconnect with their eyebrows.
Similar to the apothecaries of old who mixed special tinctures and elixirs from such mundane ingredients as eye of newt and scrote of goat, the hair specialists at Abigail's will heal your winter hat-matted hair with a customized conditioning treatment ($20 value) right before your eyes. As they tailor a tonic for your tresses, Abigail's hairomancers will explain what sort of conditioning treatment they're mixing up and why they've chosen each herb, oil, protein, and flower. After they've filled your head with this nutrient-rich, follicle-generating information, you'll get a voluptuous blow-out ($10) plus a clean and efficient eyebrow ($15), lip ($12), or chin wax ($12).
Warm vibes permeate the air at Morgan Ford Salon & Spa, where stylists shape fashionable hairdos and massage therapists knead away soreness and stress. The salon takes extra steps to assure clients' comfort. For example, each hair treatment?which utilizes Redken products?includes a steamed face towel, scalp massage, shampoo, and conditioning. Morgan Ford's massage therapists practice hot-stone, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release modalities, among other techniques. These bodywork sessions may also incorporate extras, such as heat therapy, aromatherapy oils, and scents, such as chocolate, pumpkin spice, or mango.
Verve Hair Salon was founded by husband and wife Jeff and Julie Lopinot, two veteran stylists committed to delivering fashionable, flattering haircuts. Having both attended Vidal Sassoon in London and worked as educators for Rusk, the duo now leads a staff of cosmetologists and specialists ready to conduct services keyed to each client's needs. Every precision haircut begins with a consultation to determine an approach based on factors including face shape, lifestyle, and affinity for upside-down roller coasters. In addition to cuts, the team also delivers coloring treatments ranging from double-process blonding to crown section highlights and dimensional coloring, as well as texturing services and hair extensions.
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.
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.