The door to Bakerloo Salon and Gallery is always open, welcoming in fresh breezes and allowing the salon's pooch—a Boston Terrier named Dahlia—to sneak out and snooze in patches of sun. Inside the laid-back space, clients sip wine, coffee, or tea while stylists call upon advanced training by Toni&Guy and Vidal Sassoon to spice up hair with vibrant color or fresh new cuts. Each station stands stocked with shampoos and styling creams by ALFAPARF Milano, Schwarzkopf, and Unite Eurotherapy––a paraben- and sulfate-free, PETA-approved line that is never tested on animals or sharkskin suits.
Named a reader's choice salon by the North County Times in 2010, the space insists upon celebrating and welcoming the community. A rotating gallery displays work by local artists and hosts regular fashion and art shows, and the backyard invites patrons to peruse a selection of antiques available for purchase.
An Aveda-Lifestyle salon and spa, Earth Salon and Spa treats clients to more than just great haircuts and facials. That's because the team of stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and makeup artists imbue hair and skin with Aveda's signature plant-based products. The botanicals in the shampoos and cleansers sooth and replenish rather than irritate and dehydrate the way that angrily splashing one's face with sea water would. This results in silky hair, soft skin, and deeply relaxed clients after salon or spa services.
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.
It's hard not to feel peaceful at The Chopra Center. The spiritual retreat's home at La Costa Resort & Spa surrounds guests with Spanish-style architecture, beautifully manicured grounds, gentle ocean breezes, and warm Southern California sunshine. It also helps visitors recharge their batteries through a combination of
yoga and meditation, Vedic counseling, mind-and-body detoxes, and Ayurvedic spa treatments. Many of these stress-soothing treatments are available in an online form for clients located around the world.
The center was founded by luminaries Dr. Deepak Chopra, who has written more than 80 books, including 22 New York Times bestsellers, and the late Dr. David Simon, a pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine who focused on integrating ancient healing techniques with modern Western medicine. Dr. Chopra still leads retreats and workshops that teach guests how to leave behind their everyday problems, such as distress that stems from working too much or never winning Jenga.
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.