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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.

6120 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad,
CA
US

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.

2801 Roosevelt Street
Carlsbad,
CA
US

Training is the driving force that makes each service better and better at Molly and Bryan Boyd's Bryll Hair Lounge. As a Bumble and bumble network educator, Molly stays on top of current trends and styling products. As a former teacher and educational leader, Bryan works as the salon's director of education. Together, they oversee the team of stylists at Bryll as they administer precision cuts, color treatments, hair extensions, and makeup applications using Redken, Moroccanoil, and Bumble and bumble products.

3263 Camino De Los Coches
Carlsbad,
CA
US

At Cristian Belle Salon, the newly remodeled space's sunny yellow walls promptly greet guests, but a warm smile from the staff is never far behind. Friendly stylists straighten and snip tresses into complementing 'dos before sculpting hair with Moroccanoil, Mensdept. and Enjoy haircare products. After acrylic and Shellac polishes are layered onto freshly manicured hands, technicians dress them up with coats of glitter and such intricate images as Picasso break dancing. Sunless-tanning and skincare services are available, and Cristian Belle Salon encourages clients to visit the boutique area to try on trendy scarves and funky jewelry.

2808 Roosevelt St
Carlsbad,
CA
US

From within her private suite at Hairitage Salon, stylist Casey Smith keeps looks up to date with precision cuts and color treatments. Her myriad treatments include reviving lackluster strands with conditioning treatments and adding dimension and shimmer with highlights.

560 Grand Ave.
Carlsbad,
CA
US

Impres Hair Salon, Oceanside, is unique in that it provides organic hair products, including hair dye, for those who are environmentally conscious. This full-service salon is suitable for all ages. Open daily until 7 p.m., they can accommodate your busy schedule and keep you looking your best. Offering hair services such as cuts, highlights, touch ups, Brazilian Blowouts, Japanese Straightener and color changes, Impres also offers a full range of pampering services such as facials, waxing and even makeup. Most of the staff at this exquisite salon have over a decade of service, so you can rest assured that your beauty is in good hands when visiting Impres.

3617 Ocean Ranch Boulevard
Oceanside,
CA
US