From behind her styling chair at Designer Glitz and Glamour, Lisa Ross cares for natural and chemically treated hair. With the aid of products by Matrix, Silkology, and Clio, she snips strands, colors hair in vivid hues, and styles tresses into elegant updos.
Learn more about what?s going on beneath the surface of your strands during this treatment with Groupon?s examination of keratin treatments.
Keratin is the molecular building block of human beauty?without this fibrous protein, humans wouldn?t have nails hard enough to polish, tooth enamel sturdy enough to withstand weekly brushings, or hair lush enough to style. Within each strand of hair, chains of keratin can be arranged in different molecular patterns, and this variation is what gives each head of hair its unique texture. For those who find their hair's unique texture a pain to deal with every morning, those keratin bonds can be chemically rearranged with popular salon treatments from Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Complex.
Stylists apply a keratin-rich solution that finds its way into each hair?s second layer, where it can chemically reprogram hair from an unruly, cigarette-smoking strand into a well-behaved member of the scalp?s society. The heat of a flat-iron straightens hair after the serum's application so that as the keratin molecules fuse to each strand, they?ll do so in the right position. Methylene glycol or formalin?which release formaldehyde under heat?typically function as the glue bonding the molecules during and after treatment. The result of all this chemistry is a straighter and smoother look that can last for two months or longer, and, although any heat-based treatment can be taxing on hair, its fortifying effects tend to leave hair glossier and more voluminous than other relaxers do. So although frizz disappears, waves or loose curls can continue to cascade across the shoulders.
Certified master educator for Brazilian blowouts, Dallia Garza has cultivated a keen eye for style that she wields while working with clients to revamp looks during hair and nail services. She has been a nail artist and stylist for more than 20 years, with four years of experience doing nails and hair for fashion shows and photoshoots. In her cozy studio tucked inside Secret Beauty Hair Salon, the eponymous stylist behind Dallia's Hair And Nail Studio sculpts tresses into works of art with basic cuts and updos and adds dramatic depth with highlights and coloring. For appendages in need of pampering, she smoothes away rough edges during manicure services before topping digits with regular polish, nail art, or a special Shellac formula that lasts up to 14 days, giving clients a break from touchups or constantly wearing steel gauntlets.
Harmoni Salon's stylists can pamper tresses with a smooth and healthy protein smoothing treatment, a procedure that's offered in three different levels and is based on all-natural ingredients such as babassu oil and amaranth protein (click here for more information about the process). In addition, curly- or frizzy-haired women can opt for a transitioning treatment that weans scalp sprouts off harsh chemical treatments and into organic hair care products.
A full-service beautification destination, Fernanda's Salon houses a staff that's always ready to restore or reinvent styles. Stylists usually take center stage, and with good reason; their wide range of hair services includes everything from basic haircuts to extensive braiding and coloring services that give locks a much-needed costume change. In addition to making hair work its hardest, staffers also rid bods of fuzz that's wandered too far from its homeland; the shop's body-waxing services defoliate physiques from face to leg with the help of Italian products. Skincare forms the final point in the salon's trifecta, with aestheticians cleansing faces with peels, microdermabrasion, and one of five customizable facials.