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.
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.
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.
The bubblegum pink that brightens Blo Blow Dry Bar reflects the blow dry bar’s whimsical approach to coifing. Born in 2007 to fill a gap in the beauty industry, Blo sticks solely to styling locks with seven signature Blo Outs that range from the smooth, voluminous Red Carpet to the Go Fish braid. The business caters to a range of customers from those prepping for a special date night to brides-to-be, spending up to 45 minutes delineating their desired looks during consultations.
Blo Blow Dry Bar assures its clients that they aren't "cheating" on their hairdressers, since the Blo Blow Dry Bar doesn't offer typical services such as cuts and color. Each stylist graduates from the Blo U(niversity) training program, and they can also perform extra services, such as deep conditioning, clip-in extensions, head massage, and luxury washes.
The open floor plan of Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa makes perfect sense once you see the variety of professionals who ply their trades there. A one-stop shop for beauty, Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa gives clients plenty of options, including hair cutting and coloring, shellac manicures and pedicures, massages, and facials that remove dead skin cells while cleaning deep within pores and moisturizing thirsty skin. The spa's professional makeup artists also line lids and fill in lips. The salon’s attached boutique is filled with plenty of bohemian garments and accessories to complement each client's individual style.
Malia Moon Fielding earned her cosmetology diploma from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in 1994, but her career in hairstyling goes back much further. Two generations back, to be exact. As the daughter and granddaughter of hairstylists, Malia got her start cutting her mother's hair at age 12. Four years in England influenced her sense of style, which was further honed by time in Alaska, Hawaii, and her native California. All those talents come to bear in diverse hairstyling treatments such as full color, partial highlights, deep conditioning, and scalp massages.