In addition to scissors or clippers, your stylist may pull out a razor. Learn what it does with Groupon’s look.
Shears are often considered the tool of the trade, but stylists carry an oft-forgotten but equally important tool in their arsenal—the straight razor. Deciding which one to use depends on a variety of factors, the texture and density of your hair chief among them. Though shears can create virtually any style from any angle, the result is always a straight, blunt cut—lending the hair definition but potentially making it look thick. A razor, on the other hand, cuts with a single fine blade, forming a softer, feathered appearance more akin to a peacock's majestic bouffant.
For people with fine to medium hair with a fairly smooth texture, this can create a dynamic, tossable style with lots of movement. If you have coarse or very fine hair, however, scissors might still be the better bet, as the razor might end up making it frizzy. Curly hair raises somewhat of a dilemma; though its coarse texture seems to demand shears, the tendency for ringlets to accumulate as a single, thick mass means a razor might be able to reduce the hair's weight and boost its movement and playfulness.
Studio Luxe doesn't believe hair should be cut; it should be sculpted. That's why its stylists employ the Sahag method of styling, also known as dry-cutting. The brainchild of prominent stylist John Sahag, dry-cutting allows for the client's hair to fall at its own discretion, without the manipulative tactics of water or aggressive switchblade combs. It also invites clients to candidly remark about the work in progress for the mutual benefit of both stylee and stylist. Studio Luxe Salon also specializes in Joico hair coloring, hair waxing, and nail renovation with long-lasting gel Shellac polish.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon’s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection—even with properly sanitized instruments—may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they’ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it’s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
Expert nail tech Helena Jones deploys an army of microscopic architects to renovate nails during her specialty mani-pedi services. Not only is she certified by Creative Nail Design, but she's also a certified Shellac master painter. In addition to CND polish options, clients may request other high-end brands in non-gel formulas such as OPI and China Glaze.
At Salon Sorelle, the stylists leverage years of industry experience to beautify locks with a full gamut of salon services fueled by Pureology and Redken products. Handpicked and educated by the salon's owner, the aesthetically minded crew supplement salon offerings with nail, waxing, massage, and spray-tan services. As clients beautify, the team induces relaxation by letting them soak up complimentary drinks as well as complimentary glances at the glossy hardwood floors.
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Bred as half salon, half spa, Scott Talbot Salonspa overhauls men's and women's stale looks with a menu of hair, nail, and skin treatments. Armed with products by Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil, stylists enhance hair color with highlights and gray blending or break into a cutting frenzy by snipping off split ends or transforming floor-length hair into chic bobs to ward off overly aggressive princes. Cushy pedicure chairs line the nail area, where technicians push back encroaching cuticles and embellish fingers and toes with polish and acrylic fills. Aestheticians and massage therapists guide guests into a quiet spa room for one of five specialty facials or a Swedish massage.