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.
A love of their community inspires Laura and Quincy Land, owners of The CoffeeHouse and Salon Systems. At their cozy café, they serve up piping-hot beverages culled from imported, fair-trade beans. Putting her expert barista skills to use, Laura meticulously brews drinks such as chai tea and cappuccino that tastily complement the freshly baked desserts she crafts daily. Adjoined to the coffeehouse is a quaint salon, where guests can enter to get milk mustaches trimmed after their meal.
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.
The vintage posters and floor murals in LuLu’s Hair Parlor call to mind the quirky, anything-goes philosophy of 1950s Las Vegas. Like the decor that surrounds them on all sides, the salon’s staffers negotiate the delicate balance between stylish and charming. Amid images of pinup girls and Rosie the Riveter, stylists cut and color hair and sculpt fancy updos for special occasions. Nearby, certified nail technicians prepare their clients for sockless sock hops with mani-pedis and acrylic nails.
Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott Career College trains tomorrow?s aestheticians and stylists, giving beauty students practice perfecting their craft. Hair, nails, makeup, facials, waxing, and eyebrow tinting are all offered in this busy teaching salon, and all treatments are completed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
The expert aestheticians at Brow Spa have never met an unwanted strand they couldn't eliminate. Using a cotton thread, they rid facial areas—such as brows, upper lips, and sideburns—of hair by plucking it out by the follicle. Waxing treatments likewise eradicate excess locks from faces, as well as other body parts such as backs and legs. Besides hair removal, the Brow Spa team also specializes in other beautifying treatments, including tinting lashes, exfoliating faces with herbal bleaches, and adorning bodies with henna tattoos.