Your hair?s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it?learn why with Groupon?s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer?the cuticle?is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair?the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.
Dr. Benton Baker III has been working in medicine for a long time. He served as a surgeon in the US Army's 12th Special Forces Group. He taught a new generation of doctors as a professor at the University of Texas Medical School. He earned fellowships to the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He started working with laser technology as a medical tool 25 years ago and today holds the titles of certified laser specialist and laser safety officer. Dr. Baker puts both his advanced medical knowledge and comforting bedside manner to use as the physician at Vanishing Ink, M.D., where he performs every tattoo removal personally.
Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe live on at Lavish Necessities. They're present in the eye bat of every woman who bears a set of eyelash extensions inspired by the timeless beauties. Whereas the Betty set matches Bette's au natural glamour, the Audrey extensions look like hers did—as if they've been coated with just a touch of mascara. Marilyn lashes, on the other hand, evoke the bombshell by framing eyes in lush, striking fringe that's impossible to ignore. Clients can augment freshly adorned faces with subtle airbrush tans.
Bubblegum pink. Sugary treats. Rhinestones and glitter. Sweet & Sassy's stylists pamper heads during mini-spa treatments spun with these elements. As tots lounge on colorful pillows, kid-calibrated manicures and pedicures bejewel hands and feet with sparkly nail art and rings. Facials enhance features with gentle, sweet-smelling concoctions, and ear-piercing services add appropriate glint to kids' faces. For birthday parties, celebrants can arrive in the spa’s pink limousine before strutting down the runway in Sweet & Sassy’s glittery gowns.
At EHD Salon & Day Spa, which has 10 years in the cosmetology industry transforming guests and teaching stylists, beauty experts customize customers' color and haircuts to fit their needs and keep them up to date with the latest trends. They also pride themselves on applying relaxers the proper way to maintain hair health and integrity. For those clients who want to embrace their textured hair, the stylists perform natural haircare services. Additionally, they can create flowing, frizz-free styles on both natural and relaxed hair with Ceramic pHusion treatments.
Away from the salon floor, aestheticians enhance skin with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical peels. Massage therapists enhance sessions with warm stones and aromatherapy oils selected to reduce stress.
Whether clients need a hair or spa service, they can conveniently schedule their appointment online or via skywriting.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.