Hair Services or Classes at Marcella Ellis School Of Cosmetic Arts (Up to 85% Off). Four Options Available.

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It's hard to resist running your fingers through soft, silky hair, which explains why so many people get kicked out of the zoo. Seem approachable with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

$25 for a haircut, shampoo, deep conditioner, blow-dry, and iron curl ($50 value)

$50 for a relaxer and color package ($105 value)
• Relaxer treatment
• Partial highlights or single-process color
• Haircut, shampoo, deep conditioner, blow-dry, and iron curl

$450 for a hair weaving and extension boot camp ($950 value)
• Start your own extension business or learn to add length, thickness, and volume to your own hair
• 30-minute exam follows the course; passing grades get a certificate of completion

$900 for a natural-hair-braiding, hair-weaving, and extension course ($5,900 value)
• 300-hour program with certification upon completion
• Learn valuable tips and tricks about natural haircare

Hair Relaxers: Breaking Nature's Bonds

Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon’s introduction.

Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that’s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.

When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you’re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.

The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye’s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.

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    Fairfax

    10560 Main St.

    Suite 506

    Fairfax, Virginia 22030

    703-261-6313

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In a Nutshell

Senior students perform salon services; one-day or 300-hour courses empower students with in-depth natural haircare and extension techniques

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. Valid only with select stylists. All services performed by cosmetology students under the supervision of teachers. Enrollment required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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