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Shawn Michael Salon's owner, Michael Hembree, views his work as an educational opportunity as well as a luxurious service. He likes to teach clients about why he does what he does, whether he's coloring hair, applying makeup, or styling with professional products. A spoonful of sugar helps each lesson go down—literally; Michael offers every client wine, coffee, or soda as they enjoy his services and insights. He wisely surrounds himself with other professionals who share his vision of teaching clients how to care for their own beauty while at home or stranded on a desert island.

12845 N Highway 183
Austin,
TX
US

Donna and Ashley, a mother-and-daughter team, coif hair and beautify nails at Your Look Salon & Spa. Along with the rest of their team, Donna's and Ashley's?hair and nail services go far beyond color-correction,?ranging?from haircuts and highlights to human hair extensions and mani-pedis.

11066 Pecan Park Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

Keratin Treatments: Microscopic Mane Maintenance

Learn more about what?s going on beneath the surface of your strands during this treatment with Groupon?s examination of keratin treatments.

Keratin is the molecular building block of human beauty?without this fibrous protein, humans wouldn?t have nails hard enough to polish, tooth enamel sturdy enough to withstand weekly brushings, or hair lush enough to style. Within each strand of hair, chains of keratin can be arranged in different molecular patterns, and this variation is what gives each head of hair its unique texture. For those who find their hair's unique texture a pain to deal with every morning, those keratin bonds can be chemically rearranged with popular salon treatments from Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Complex.

Stylists apply a keratin-rich solution that finds its way into each hair?s second layer, where it can chemically reprogram hair from an unruly, cigarette-smoking strand into a well-behaved member of the scalp?s society. The heat of a flat-iron straightens hair after the serum's application so that as the keratin molecules fuse to each strand, they?ll do so in the right position. Methylene glycol or formalin?which release formaldehyde under heat?typically function as the glue bonding the molecules during and after treatment. The result of all this chemistry is a straighter and smoother look that can last for two months or longer, and, although any heat-based treatment can be taxing on hair, its fortifying effects tend to leave hair glossier and more voluminous than other relaxers do. So although frizz disappears, waves or loose curls can continue to cascade across the shoulders.

14615 IH 35N Ste #130 RM 11
Austin,
TX
US

At Babzis Hair Salon, the eponymous Barbara ?Babzi? Adams, infuses her repertoire of nail, hair, and skin treatments with three decades of experience in the beauty business and over 22 years with TONI&GUY. In addition, Barbara keeps a full team of beauty specialists, and focuses on making clients look and feel their best while maintaining the highest levels of safety and sanitation. Stylists treat strands to a slew of organic products, whether coloring or deep-conditioning hair. Meanwhile, braiding specialist Keisha specializes in wigs an extensions, while free-handing intricate designs out of natural hair or sewn-in weaves, another of her specialties. Germa specializes in eyelash extensions and brow and lash tinting, while Marie, a nail technician, is on staff to enhance finger and toe tips with shellac and acrylic mani-pedis.

13201 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin,
TX
US

Staying true to its name, Leading Edge Salon embraces modern sensibilities when offering hairstyling services. The independent salon is based out of the Gallery of Salons and Spa, where owner Kelley Brown seeks out an arsenal of professional haircare products by companies that value small-scale cultivation, organic-growing practices, and environmentally friendly wild-harvesting techniques. Surrounded by shelves filled with products from companies such as Neuma, Kevin Murphy, and SudzzFX, Kelley touches up traditional looks or designs trendy new styles for her clients. When she isn't stationed behind a chair, Kelley attends hands-on training clinics and brings those techniques back to her customers, ensuring that she stays up-to-date with all of the latest developments in haircare and her clients leave with chic 'dos achieved with modern techniques.

2525 West Anderson Lane
Austin,
TX
US

Owner Shaune Haas and the team at Bang Salon & Day Spa are always looking to stay up on modern beauty trends, which is why their menu has recently expanded to include color services with Paul Mitchell's new ammonia-free formulas, and lash extensions that range from natural to dramatic looks. The salon's sunless tanning services are contemporary as well, using Norvell's organic airbrush formulas, which are cruelty-free and infused with anti-aging antioxidants. Bang Salon also offers skin treatments, ranging from the acne-fighting Deep Cleanse to the anti-aging Cyto-Luxe facial, using pharmaceutical-grade gloTherapeutics products for results-oriented skincare. Of course, you can still get a good, trendy cut and color here?Bang's stylists are more than capable of updating your look with ombre color, extensions, or a keratin smoothing treatment that was flown in from the future.

8701 W Parmer Ln
Austin,
TX
US