Led by Susan Brookshier—an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience—the body beautifiers at Lé Jardin strive to make their clients feel beautiful through services including laser hair removal, skin restoration, electrolysis, and waxing. During a venerable variety of facial-mask treatments, aestheticians slather visages with healing doses of ginkgo biloba, green tea, and organic products from Pevonia Botanica, a brand dedicated to preserving the planet through eco-friendly packaging and by never testing products on hungry bears. Unwanted hair dissipates under the glare of the LightSheer Diode laser system, and electrolysis treatments remove hair through heat-activated currents. To complement its illuminating services, Lé Jardin also dispenses a full line of natural skincare products.
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.
Xtreme Tan's staff members call on their Smart Tan training—a program that instills professional savvy in sunburn prevention and correct UV dosage—to guide clients toward the right path to achieving a bronzed beach glow. After becoming acquainted with customers, the specialists carefully educate them on the salon’s offering of UV beds, airbrush-tanning methods, and a selection of lotions that deepen and prolong golden skin tones. The walk-in salon houses four levels of UV beds, each of which is stocked with high-efficiency bulbs that offer clients an indoor tan without having to fight the cat for a sunny spot by the window. Tanners can also forgo UV beams altogether with the salon’s airbrush-tanning service, which dispatches a trained staffer to mist individual curves with a pigmented spray that leaves skin bronze and glowing for up to 14 days.
The white tulip chairs, sleek charcoal and orange d?cor, and recessed lighting may give Wink Threading Salon a modern feel, but their specialty service is rooted in tradition. Instead of relying on harsh wax, chemicals, or duct tape, the hair removal experts reach for a simple length of antibacterial thread. By twisting the threads together and sweeping them across the skin, the stylists are able to swiftly and precisely uproot stray hairs, creating smooth, sure lines on the brows, upper lip, chin, or forehead. A writer for D Magazine in the feature "The Best Eyebrow Job I've Ever Had" called Wink?s threadong process "less painful?than wax" and "less tedious than tweezing," and even claimed that afterwards she was so pleased that she "could [not] stop looking at [her brows] in the rearview mirror."
Liz Davis loves drama. Dramatic color and dramatic style; they?re both a part of her cosmetic flair. Her portfolio shows off this bombast, particularly in her hairdressing chops, a skill that was first cultivated as a Paul Mitchell student. Bangs form a sharp diagonal down the forehead, and dueling shades of curls intertwine to form a shape and pattern akin to a peppermint. The hues come from professional lines such as Schwarzkopf and Pravana Vivids, and the original cuts are the work of her own scissors, razors, and pet falcon's beak. Liz also beautifies faces with makeup application, brow shaping, and lash tinting.
A former Miss Seattle, board-certified physician Dr. Amy Miller knows firsthand how important it is to feel confident in your own skin. Having always possessed an interest in skincare and a desire to help others feel beautiful, she traded her pageant gown for a white lab coat and now spends much of her time training other physicians in the use of medical lasers. At St. Louis Skin Solutions, Dr. Miller helms a small staff that includes a licensed aesthetician and supervises all skin treatments, including laser hair and tattoo removal, Botox, and cellulite reduction. Beyond cosmetic enhancement, staff use their skincare expertise to screen for skin cancer, and can also harness laser energy to remove spider veins that don’t respond to being slapped with a shoe.