Don't forget to take care of yourself

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Students learn how important it is to relax while in college during a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction class at the Wellness Resource Center on Sept. 30, 2009.

MU sophomore Harriett Brown, 19, said that back in her hometown of St. Louis, she would get her hair done every week.

Once she started at MU, she couldn’t maintain the same routine. To keep herself looking good, she had to come up with “hairstyles that are more tolerant to the weather.” She was also able to find friends who could maintain her cornrows.

Here are convenient places on or near campus to maintain your fitness, your skin and hair routines and otherwise take care of yourself.


MU offers a professional and medically sound dermatology clinic not far from University Hospital. The physicians provide consultation and treatment for conditions, including, but not limited to, acne, skin cancer, psoriasis, skin infections, eczema, hair loss and nail disease.

Dermatology clinics are held every day. To book an appointment with a specialist, you should call 573-882-8578.

One Hospital Drive, Room MA111. Website:


If you’re wanting something a little less involved and just need some rest and relaxation with a quick pick-me-up, check out a local salon or hair dresser.

Varsity Clips offers an extensive service menu for women, including full-leg waxing priced at $60, eyelash extensions at$45 and hairstyling where the  prices vary.

Walk-ins are welcome and they have a specials board where combo packages are offered at discounted prices. Varsity Clips is open six days a week, and also offers men’s haircuts.

So even with a heavy study load and a ton of washing, you can still duck in for a quick fix between classes or before that evening movie date.

904 Elm St, Suite 104. 573 449-3333. Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The Tiger Barber Shop on Ninth Street offers male haircutsfor $13 and beard shaving for $4. The friendly staff offers a professional barber-style service on the cheap.

180 S. Ninth St. 573 449-5951. Tuesday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Magic Tan of Columbia is a short stroll from the center of campus.

Clients can choose from a basic bronzer only tan, where the different shades attract different prices. Add an additional prep, with or without an anti-aging moisturizer, for a few extra dollars.

MU students are offered half price Thursdays, so a natural shaded bronzer tan, with prep and anti-aging moisturizer is $14 for students on a Thursday, instead of $28.

Magic Tan of Columbia also allows unlimited use of the HydroMassage Spa Series bed for its premier solarium tan members. Ideally, the bed offers a deep-tissue massage, chiropractic relief, rehabilitation and pain relief, as well as other destressing features.

Michelle Mileski, an employee, said football players commonly use the bed after games and clients are able to pinpoint areas of the body for the bed to concentrate on, adjust speed, listen to music and even play computer games on the screen attached to the bed.

Note: Tanning has been scientifically linked to skin cancer.

904 Elm St. 573 499-4826. Summer Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.


If you feel like a treat but find yourself pressed for time, check out “The Spa” inside MU Recreation Complex.

A number of massage therapy styles are available, including the Swedish massage and the sports massage. Thirty-minute one-off sessions are $45; buy a pack of five for $200 and receive a saving of $25; or get a pack of 10 for $380 for a saving of $70.

Sixty-minute sessions are also available. 

“The Spa” is also a good spot to swing past for a quick teeth whitening session. One treatment is $99, or pay $199 for two.

Located inside MU rec complex. Summer hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-2p.m. Closed weekends. Fall and spring semester hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.

For $49 a semester, the recreation center offers unlimited classes in a variety of activities.

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