Sarah Knol crafts keratinized sculptures for women, men, and children with inspiration stemming from the natural beauty of mountainous terrain, classic styles, and a bohemian twist developed during her countrywide travels. After a quick wash, Sarah's sure-handed shears trim and style hair to customer specifications. A blow-dry session then bestows hair with voluminous body only achievable with Bella Capelli's signature high-speed wind tunnel. During this time, a deep-conditioning treatment wields the might of a L'Oreal power dose sealant—a product designed to target the mane's cuticles, leaving strands buffed to a lustrous shine normally reserved for mint-condition coins and chrome-dipped wigs.
Completing the schooling necessary to become a hairstylist wasn't the end of Jamie Raup's training. Instead, she continually enlists in educational courses in order to stay abreast of hair's latest trends. At True Colours Salon, she draws upon this extensive training as she styles hair with fresh cuts, brushes on color, or nourishes strands with deep-conditioning treatments.
Patty Coll can read your mind—or so it would seem. During her last 15 years in the salon industry, she’s developed a keen sense for what clients are looking for, a sense that has led to features in magazines such as Salon Today and St. Louis’s own Best Bridal. Now, in the comfort of Salon KJ, anyone can seek her expertise for face-flattering layers or bold highlights. When not transforming tresses at Salon KJ, Patty can be found honing her technique on the sets of fashion runways, commercial shoots, and competitive-eating contests.
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.
Haircuts don't have to be a bore. At The Guys Hair Shop, clients can manhandle a TV remote while watching modern sports games or Jeopardy! lightning rounds. The stylists in the shop pamper dudes without resorting to unnecessary froufrou, instead reaching for straightforward, stainless-steel shears and steamed towels. Though they generally focus on haircuts for men of all ages, the staff also enacts a few other grooming services, including hair coloring and beard trimming. They use high-end products from brands such as Crew, Tea Tree by Paul Mitchell, and Nioxin, which envelop the skin in warm embraces that are more pleasant than hugging a fireplace. Within the salon, gleaming wood floors span the salon’s sparkling surroundings, which host vivid signage, plush red furnishings, and a vintage Coke machine.:m]]
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.