At Aura Face + Body, beer isn’t just for drinking—the beauty pros use the enzyme-laden beverage to refresh faces during special home-brew express facials. It is just one of the many eclectic and organic products used during the spa's facial, makeup, massage, and waxing services. Coconut and hazelnut oils create a skin cream, and dried herbs combine with aromatic oils during custom facials. The pros use 100% plant-extract wax to remove unwanted facial and body hair, and they incorporate shea butter and essential oils into massages. The altruistic staff also donates 5% of every purchase to charity.
Inside Salon Moda's modern interior, stylists clip and shape strands with help from products by Joico and Shu Uemura. Basic shampoo and style services allow heads to go from ragged to runway ready without a single end being snipped, and texturizing highlights add dimension to dull locks. The staff can also perform hot-stone massages, anti-aging facials, Shellac manicures, and 15-minute brow waxes that shape brows into perfect arches or mini handlebar moustaches.
Licensed massage therapist Stacy Fisher helps her clients achieve full-body wellness with a slate of rejuvenating services. She uses long, gliding strokes to unwind muscles during Swedish massages, and shifts to light touch energy work to relieve chronic pain with cranial sacral therapy. The nourishing products that highlight each sessions are of Stacy’s own creation, and include sugar scrubs, facial creams, and beeswax lip balm.
At their full-service spa tucked away on Walnut Street, Beauty So Divine's team of trained technicians helps clients meet aesthetic goals. In addition to adding shine back to skin with traditional spa services, the team also removes unwanted body and facial hair, performs vajazzling services, and soothes muscles with a variety of massages.
Upon graduating from the Professional Massage Training Center with a license to knead, Donny Bryant joined forces with personal trainer Tammy Eaton, owner of Git Fit Headquarters. After a season of soothing Git Fit clients, Donny’s skillful hands now provide relief during clinic hours at Strong Gym. When he isn’t working on his own turf, he brings his massage techniques to homes, hotels, offices, and heated conversations. He also travels with the Missouri Sports Massage Team, helping athletes prepare for and recover from marathons, triathlons, and bike races with compression and cross-fiber techniques. In an effort to support the community, Donny offers his services to local and statewide nonprofit agencies.
Colombia native Patricia Estes demonstrates her artistic talent in each mani-pedi she performs for men, women, and children alike. The longtime painter and licensed nail technician offers a full line of nail services—manicures, pedicures, and acrylic or gel nails—but her specialty is imaginative nail art. She painstakingly enhances fingernails and toenails with vibrant, highly detailed designs or miniature re-creations of Monet's Water Lilies. She works out of the 100-year-old National Avenue Cutting Company building with a group of stylists who also offer haircuts and other salon services.
For an Air Force veteran, Eric Green is awfully comfortable straying into unfamiliar territory. Stationed in Florida, Green took up the practice of reiki, a healing method that deals with a subject that's fascinated him since adolescence: the flow of energy. Today, as a certified Reiki Master, Green practices Usui and Tibetan-style reiki, using strategic hand positions to relax the body, diminish stress, and promote overall health. Green customizes his reiki treatments for each client, sometimes relying on Hayashi hand positions, sometimes turning to hands-off techniques, and sometimes chit-chatting about his old scoutmaster, Mr. Tim, if the client was in his old scout troop and remembers Mr. Tim. Green also offers training for all levels of reiki, including Reiki Master.