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.
When Karoline Vaz came to St. Louis from her native Brazil, she had only planned to polish her English skills. But she fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to stay in America. While she agonized over a career path, a friend bought Vaz her first massage to help her relax. That massage gave Vaz the direction she needed—she was so affected by the service that she decided to become a massage therapist.
Now, Vaz joins four other licensed massage therapists at Health & Harmony Massage Therapy, LLC to deliver massage and body treatments to their personal lineup of clients. Each therapist works with the same clients for every appointment and takes detailed, confidential notes about their health. This enables the therapists to closely track clients’ progress, massage preferences, and assess clients’ ability to read their notes upside down. After their treatments, clients can sip complimentary refreshments in the center’s relaxation room.
Dr. David Hadden of O'fallon Crossing Chiropractic fixes his attention on all that ails his clientele, leveraging advanced chiropractic techniques and cold-laser technology to mollify physical concerns. Evaluating each patient as a whole rather than a composite of Legos, the doc considers bone and joint issues as well as muscle and movement woes before deploying treatments. Pains caused by workplace injuries or auto accidents are no match for the back-adjustor as he couples activator-adjusting techniques with myofascial release and functional rehab treatments. In a Lipolaser treatment room outfitted with a plush treatment bed, the laser technician whisks away unwanted fatty acids and glycerol inside fat cells, helping clients achieve figures that turn heads, raise eyebrows or completely dismember Mr. Potato Heads.
The licensed aestheticians at FaceLuXe clear skin of dirt and unwanted hair with a full spectrum of facials and waxing services. Their concern for individual care shines through in the consultations that precede each treatment, during which they select products that match clients’ specific skin types. They then use these products in signature facials designed to address issues associated with aging, such as fine lines and burn marks from trying to blow out too many birthday candles at once. As a partner of MassageLuXe—a company dedicated to improving health through therapeutic massage—FaceLuXe offers relaxation packages such as the Day of Renew treatment, which includes a massage, facial, and warm lavender paraffin treatment for the hands and feet.
The skilled staffers at Belleza Salon transmogrify pale skin into golden silk using a precise combination of the TANS spray-tanning solution and sunny disposition. Special tanning tents encase clients during the personal pigmentation process, emulating human-sized cocoons when newly bronzed bodies emerge ready to pollinate beaches with confidence and dance moves. An all-natural blend of sugar cane and bronzer, the TANS solution is alcohol-free, contains SPF 15, and tastes great when liberally applied to ice cream. Containing antioxidants and no harsh chemicals, the TANS spray solution works well for most skin types and imbues radiance that lasts approximately 7 to 10 days.
Express Body Curves aims to live up to its name by helping clients look three inches slimmer over the course of 30 days. To do this, they rely on specialized body wraps and waist-cinching garments, often complemented with fat-burning supplements or topical gel. According to Express experts, regularly wearing a latex or steel-boned corset can help "train" one's waist to be more slender, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Body wraps, meanwhile, work to detoxify as they slim, as well as help clients sneak into giant-burrito conventions undetected.