Although curling is a popular sport in Canada, the temperate climate of Brazil led to its national sport, straightening, in which strongmen throw boulders into the mighty Amazon in an attempt to unbend it. Commemorate Brazil's national hairdo with today's Groupon: for $129, you get a Brazilian Blowout Zero treatment at Le Salon Nowel in Astoria (up to $350 value).
Skilled in a variety of professional techniques, Le Salon Nowel pampers its clients with an array of revitalizing services. Like a boot-camp sergeant charged with a gang of rebellious Slinkys, the formaldehyde-free Brazilian Blowout Zero sets hair's coils on the straight and narrow, and a keratin infusion replenishes damaged strands and smoothes frizzy follicles. The 90-minute process protects newly uncurled coifs from heat damage and dullness for up to three months, leaving tresses soft and smooth to the touch, but more difficult for tower-scaling princes to climb.
Le Salon Nowel
For more than 12 years, the owner of Le Salon Nowel worked in a French salon in Manhattan, mastering many unique and fashion-forward hair techniques. When she opened her own salon in 2006, she brought those skills with her to Queens, creating a list of services ranging from formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowouts to French-style mani-pedis. The salon's stylists can conquer all hair needs, from adding color and dimension with highlights, or defrizzing locks with Japanese thermal hair straightening, somehow getting around the sun's vice-like patent on heat. The staff also continues their perfection hold on such face treatments as yellow peeling, a chemical peel that sloughs away dead skin cells to beautify faces along with newly renewed 'dos.