During the last 25 years, Debra Ryan has pursued her Toni & Guy Methodology training. Now in the comfort of her own Alar Hair Studio, Debra can sculpt modern layers and fashion bold highlights. Clients also may solicit the salon for an elegant updo or tame unwieldy curls with a signature smoothing treatment.
A.J. and Allison had really important napkins. Over a few glasses of wine, the pair scribbled ideas and notes onto the normally disposable squares, and what began as a dream over drinks quickly grew into Poco Hair Company. Today, the ladies give hair the attention they once gave napkins, creating dazzling 'dos via cut and color services. Their irreverent decor engages the eyes of patrons as trained stylists expertly detach split ends, add desired layers, and remove stray pelican feathers for a variety of styles, from bohemian to natural to punk.
The skilled nail technicians at Polish Me carefully groom digits with a wide array of mani-pedi services and in vogue colors from brands that include OPI, Zoya, and Orly. Clients can pick up a complimentary refreshment before taking a seat at one of the nail stations, where artists create symmetrical, vivid digits by applying classic or Shellac polish. On-the-go customers can opt to protect polishings with a specialty pair of toe-less pedicure socks—ideal for teasing piranhas during future aquarium visits.
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.
Similar to the apothecaries of old who mixed special tinctures and elixirs from such mundane ingredients as eye of newt and scrote of goat, the hair specialists at Abigail's will heal your winter hat-matted hair with a customized conditioning treatment ($20 value) right before your eyes. As they tailor a tonic for your tresses, Abigail's hairomancers will explain what sort of conditioning treatment they're mixing up and why they've chosen each herb, oil, protein, and flower. After they've filled your head with this nutrient-rich, follicle-generating information, you'll get a voluptuous blow-out ($10) plus a clean and efficient eyebrow ($15), lip ($12), or chin wax ($12).