At ColorFX, skilled stylists and aestheticians execute a slew of services with a special focus on color and color correction, earning themselves a nomination for Alive magazine's Best Salon award. The friendly staff also treats feet to pedicures and hands to a variety of manicures, including hot-oil manicures, and nail art. To keep up on the latest trends and to prevent hair from devouring clients à la Cousin Itt of the Addams Family, the experienced stylists participate in continuous training and education.
A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
Though Mallia Color & Design Studio’s name honors the salon’s commitment to sculpting fetching hairstyles, the beauty boutique also excels at nearly any type of aesthetic treatment. Aestheticians administer a dozen different skin therapies, which range from microdermabrasion treatments to collagen and elastin facials. They also perform makeup services and ready visages for applications with facial waxing, threading, and inspiring pep talks. Nail techs groom digits with spa or express manicures and pedicures and apply and fill full sets of eye-catching nails. In the salon, a talented team of stylists crops tops. It can also lengthen coifs with extensions and customize hues and texture with a variety of color and keratin treatments.
Signature Service: Shampoo, cuts, style, highlights
Brands Used: Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Nioxin, It's a 10, Nairobi, Mizani
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: This location has plenty of parking.
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.
Shannon O'Rourke has been cutting hair for more than a decade. In that time, she has seen styles come and go, but she's never lost sight of what every client wants: a stylist who listens and takes their concerns into account. Shannon is all ears at Sei Bella Salon and Boutique, where she takes the time to figure out her clients' styling goals and then brings them to life with cuts, coloring treatments, and vivid highlights.