The trained tress-tamers at Salon Lofts know how to snip, dye, and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Specialists can expertly install partial weaves ($85), add accent color to colloquial coiffures ($65+), and strap in shine with a super-shine gloss treatment seatbelt ($45+). Or opt for nail services and enjoy expertly manicured finger lawns and toe topiaries ($40+ for a spa manicure and pedicure) (services and prices may vary by location). Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment.
Your hair’s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it—learn why with Groupon’s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer—the cuticle—is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair—the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.
Although J Nicole's Day Spa & Salon is located in a charming turn-of-the-century home, it's anything but out of date. In the salon portion of the space, stylists use Oribe products and techniques along with EcoColors organic hair color human-hair extensions. Aestheticians populate J Nicole's medically certified day spa, where they perform Obagi medical skincare services. Nail technicians and massage therapists are also on hand to pamper patrons. J Nicole's Day Spa & Salon's work isn't done when clients leave, though, because the staff provides aftercare tips. For example, guests should avoid water and wind tunnels for 48 hours after they've received lash or hair extensions.
Rumor has it that Amanda Baughman has barbicide running through her veins––she's that good. In a flurry of precise scissor snips she can craft a classic wave, modern layers, or bold pixie cut to flatter the features. While awaiting color highlights to set, clients may also make use of the salon's other indulgent services such as nailcare, waxing, and facial treatments.
Corrin Navratil operates out of Allure Salon & Spa, but she’s a veritable salon in her own right. Robin’s-egg blue walls offer a relaxing background as she pampers clients with waxing services, airbrush-makeup applications, and mani-pedis. Guests can also request an Éminence Organic facial treatment to rehabilitate and brighten their complexion.
Stylist Dawn Ward has been practicing her scissor choreography for more than 15 years. In that time, she's come to specialize in French cutting techniques, which emphasize individual features such as face shape. In addition to hair services, clients can also opt for nail care or a swift waxing session to banish unwanted hair.