The master stylists at Robert's Salon and Day Spa whip wayward hairs into shape with flattering precision design cuts and styles. Scissors sever split ends and trim length from heads during the face-framing cut before new dos are aptly fashioned to fit each guest’s personal style. Warm lighting reflects off of glossy wood finishes in the sleek salon space, which is peppered with Robert’s proprietary line of beauty products and a range of plush, comfortable seating.
Cuticles: Defending Your Digits
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
Lori Brown invites men, women, and children to her styling station at Natural Concepts Salon, where she cuts, colors, and retexturizes strands for the whole family. In addition to being certified by DreamCatcher in the use of their permanent and reusable hair extensions, Lori specializes in the Juvexin keratin hair-smoothing system, which gives her the upper hand over stylists who straighten strands with flat-irons or by putting on drill sergeants' hats and yelling at them. Though styling hair is her specialty, Lori also removes unwanted fuzz from the upper lip and chin, shapes brows, and pampers feet during one-hour pedicures.
As a CND Grand Master technician, Anna Elliott has the expertise she needs to apply Shellac polish, which must be cured under UV light to achieve its maximum durability. Her crew assists her not only by filing nails and taming cuticles, but also by pampering appendages with hot mitts and boots that aid in the absorption of lotions and finally do away with the M&M's clients have been trying to melt with their hands.
Split Ends Hair & Nail Studio's team helps clients' personalities shine through their hair and nails. If guests favor funky, eye-catching looks, stylists can snip strands into layers, add two-toned hair color, or paint toenails vibrant hues. Alternatively, the team members can craft classic cuts and updos and paint nails in sophisticated hue, more red than a fire engine made of red-velvet cake.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.