Image Sun’s professional tanning consultants add sun-kissed color to their clients' bods with a variety of airbrush services and tanning beds. Before patrons begin tanning treatments, specialists perform a complimentary skin-type analysis, which gauges the proper tanning equipment, power, and session time to prevent burning while building a deep base tan. The salon’s private tanning rooms stock four levels of UV beds, which use variable doses of bronzing rays to gradually build up a golden complexion like a game of patty-cake with King Midas. Sun-shy clients can bypass ultraviolet exposure inside the Mystic Tan booth, which spritzes pasty torsos in just minutes. The high-end tanning tonic dries quickly, leaves skin oozing a breezy tropical scent, and—like the embarrassment of calling your boss "Dad"—fades in about one week. The salon also supplies a stock of tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin, as well as ShineWhite teeth-whitening kits that help sharpen the contrast of newly bronzed skin.
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.
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 staff at Shear-Lock Combs West takes the mystery of out fixing hair and skin issues. Scissors tear through split ends and unwanted length in a single snip, and facials gently erase acne and fine lines. The beauty pros also apply glamorous makeup that can last through weddings, dances, and triathlons. In addition to this meticulous attention to the face, Shear-Lock ensures the rest of the body isn't neglected with a host of full-body treatments. They offer chair and full-body massages, waxing for the bikini zone and legs, and give skin a sun-kissed glow with custom spray-tan formulas.
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.
The team of aestheticians at Shear Art Salon stays abreast of hair and nail trends by receiving continual education. Pulling from an arsenal of Redken products, stylists use their understanding of all hair types to revivify flagging hairdos with artful snips and all-over, dimensional, and corrective color treatments. The multitalented techs can also conquer hair along facial terrains with waxing services and highlight digits in bold coats of OPI color.