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.
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.
Technicians at Shine Sunless Tanning help clients darken epidermises evenly with a customized plant-based mist in VersaSpa sunless-tanning booths. The tans are so effective that in 2011, Shine was named the official tanning provider of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders. Inside each private booth, automated airbrushes apply even coats of a pigmented formula to the skin, which is automatically blown dry. The enclosed environment diminishes the orange or yellow tinge traditionally associated with spray tanning since it controls some environmental factors such as temperature, light exposure, and percentage of orange zest added to the air. Clients get to choose which shade of tanning formula will be used during their session, as well as whether they’d like to cap off their session with an anti-aging mist.
With more than a decade of experience in the beauty industry, salon owner and certified colorist Natalie Harvey gives her clients fresh, new looks with her hairstyling services. She started her career at a young age and soon found herself teaching other stylists her techniques. Now, at Arco Hair Company, she calls on these experiences to lead a team of such maverick hair experts as Courtney Bass. After training under acclaimed St. Louis stylists, Courtney steeped himself in the Los Angeles fashion industry, honing a sense for cuts and color that challenged the style status quo. Today, Natalie, Courtney, and the rest of Arco's style team create fresh new looks with Schwarzkopf Professional color and the GKhair smoothing system.