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 Amazing Grace facial, which is a two hour facial that includes laser treatments, peels, and microderms, and hair-color treatments are two of the ways that Earth Angel Elite Spa and Salon beautify their clients. They combine these treatments with skin tag, mole removal, sun spots, high-tech laser hair removal and laser facials to ensure each client leaves with clearer, smoother skin than they came in with.
At VY Nails, it's not just about the finished product, it’s about the process. Nail technicians offer numerous tiers of nail grooming, incorporating exfoliating sea-salt scrubs, reflexology, and smoothing paraffin dips into mani-pedi treatments. Using pink and white acrylics or gel polish, technicians can also add chip-resistant elegance to hands for up to 2 weeks. When not manning the pedicure chairs, staff members can be seen applying extensions to clients’ lashes or waxing away unwanted hair from bodies.
Mantra Medi Spa’s licensed aestheticians welcome their clients into more than 14 years of skin-fixing experience. Their services range from microdermabrasion treatments that uproot trapped dirt and confetti to laser hair-removal sessions.
Owner Zebrina Looney and her energetic, multicultural staff empathize with clients who have been stung by the arrogance that sometimes permeates swanky salons. That's why they take pains to communicate style suggestions and treatment details in a way that clients can understand, infusing strands with glamorous formal and everyday styles in a non-intimidating atmosphere. The employee roster brings together fresh beauty-school graduates and veteran stylists who all share the same love of hair and dipping french braids in french dressing. Their diverse career accomplishments include publishing work online and in magazines, styling for professional photo shoots, and serving as educator for premium hair-product manufacturers such as Paul Mitchell and Biolonic.
A flat-screen TV and complimentary coffee, soda, and snacks contribute to the salon's laid-back atmosphere, and decor accents of wrought-iron wall art and granite countertops exude an aura of streamlined sophistication.