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.
In his 16 years of hairstyling experience, Mark Harmon has seen a lot of fads come and go. So rather than simply copy a trend, he works closely with his clients to come up with individual styles that will make them feel beautiful but still work with their particular lifestyle. But while his innovative methods and intense training make him adept at styling, coloring, or designing updos on the fly, he understands that many clients have trouble verbalizing their desires, and so he encourages clients to bring in pictures of hairstyles or celebrity mug shots in order to help direct their service.
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 Beaux & Divas, every member of the family can revamp their look. Stylists snip out sharp, trendy men's cuts and highlighted, wood nymph up-dos alike. To maintain their brand new looks, visitors can stop by the salon's on-site boutique, where apparel and accessories range from Boho-chic to punky to seasonal.