Cool sea breezes flit through the renovated manes of every client that steps out of Glance Beautique, a hip yet casual salon located blocks from the seashore. Inside the Carlsbad salon, Owner Alisa and her team of specialists breathe life into each client’s look, harnessing knowledge gleaned from years of experience and continued-education courses. They deploy salon products by Redken and Eufora, creating looks that range from beachy and bohemian to polished and professional. In addition, the pet-friendly salon prettifies its patrons with makeup, waxing, and skincare services, and is available for special event preparations, private events, or mid-bank-heist makeovers.
Polished Images, which is both a relaxing day spa and a full-service hair and nail salon, transforms clients with the help of various Pureology hair products, hard wax, and hawaiian kukui-nut massage oil. Amid the spa's muted lighting, earth-toned walls, and floral accents, licensed aestheticians beautify skin with facials, waxing, and custom airbrush tanning. Next door at the bright salon, hairstylists stand diligently over heads, snipping and arranging coifs into everyday styles or elaborate updos for special occasions and trips to the mailbox.
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.
Wild berries, fresh herbs, and chocolate swirl around mixing bowls, but they are not being blended into meals. Rather, certified holistic aesthetician Charlene Handel, with 28 years of experience in the beauty industry, folds these organic ingredients into Skin Fitness, Etc's house line of skincare products.
Packed in humble plastic jars, each formula contains completely pure food-grade materials, free from petroleum-based preservatives and artificial solvents. The products also qualify as vegan-friendly, which means they are free of animal byproducts. Handel prepares custom serums, masks, and lotions on the spot, adding a select few ingredients that can effectively target and treat a given skin condition. To enhance results, she incorporates non-invasive technologies such as microcurrent energy and laser light. In addition to whipping up elixirs for in-spa facial and body services, she equips patrons with take-home bottles and instructs other aestheticians in the art of holistic skincare.
The stylists and aestheticians at Studio Be perform artistic balancing acts. On any given day, they might go from primping brides for their weddings to hosting basic lessons on cosmetics, or from designing complex updos to strengthening hair with protein treatments. The boutique balances on a trifecta of disciplines: hair fashion, makeup application, and skincare. The staff integrates their services to beautify guests from the neck up, combining products from brands such as Smashbox and Unite Eurotherapy.
Though Studio Be’s treatments span a broad spectrum, the team’s devotion to strong relationships with their clients remains a constant. Throughout chemical peels, photo shoots, and eyebrow-sculpting sessions, they consult with their subjects to craft personal, distinctive makeovers instead of continually trying to re-create their own best driver's-license photos.
When she first moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of being an actress, singer, and model, Jennifer Bradley learned that her skin needed to be flawless. But as someone who suffered from acne, that was much easier said than done, especially because most makeup lines wouldn't work with her skin.
When she became a makeup artist, Jennifer decided to create her own cosmetics line free of the fillers, fragrances, and oils that can exacerbate problem skin. She has since used her line on an impressive list of celebrities, including President Obama, Pamela Anderson, and Sharon Osbourne.
Jennifer's team of makeup artists at Salon Riche'a rely on her cosmetics to beautify guests for special events. The beauty experts also lead makeover classes, which teach students makeup-application techniques, such as how to create the perfect smoky eye without leaning over a campfire for extended periods of time.