A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.
Bella Gente Salon hosts an eclectic staff of hairstylists, nail technicians, aestheticians, and massage therapists. These beauty experts transform bodies from the ground up, crafting new haircuts, adding flair to tresses with color treatments, shrinking pores, and relaxing tense muscles. While the experts are plying their trade, clients can relax in color rooms with luxurious Italian furnishings or listen to the soothing sound of silence in muffled aesthetic and massage rooms.
For the stylists at Salon Bella, staying ahead of fashion and technology is of utmost importance. That is why they undergo continual training in emerging hair, nail, and skin techniques and use only high-quality products to beautify clients. They lavish tresses with Aveda haircare products and polish faces with PCA peels.
In 2010 and 2011, St. Louis Magazine crowned The Face and The Body the city?s Best Salon and Spa. KSDK Channel 5 also found the spa entrancing, and its profile highlights the flagship location?s Oasis room, calming waterfall, and a crackling fireplace. Potted plants join the scene at all of the spa locations, and visitors lounge among them while wearing plush robes and sipping complimentary designer teas, coffee, or wine.
At VY Nails, it's not just about the finished product, it’s about the process. Nail technicians offer numerous tiers of nail grooming, incorporating exfoliating sea-salt scrubs, reflexology, and smoothing paraffin dips into mani-pedi treatments. Using pink and white acrylics or gel polish, technicians can also add chip-resistant elegance to hands for up to 2 weeks. When not manning the pedicure chairs, staff members can be seen applying extensions to clients’ lashes or waxing away unwanted hair from bodies.
While most 23-year-olds were trying to figure out their career path, Angelo was busy opening his own salon. And three expansions and more than two decades later, he's still at it. Each day he works with his team of talented stylists and aestheticians to accomplish the goal he laid out in 1991: to create a one-stop beauty shop where clients could get all of their aesthetic needs met. To that end, Angelo employs nail artists who pamper the digits of patrons waiting for hair colour treatments to finish processing, as well as aestheticians who dole out rose, mud, or chocolate baths that can be paired with massages, skin treatments, or giant chocolate duckies.