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.
Inside The Lotus Hair Loft and Spa's industrial-chic studio, owner Vicki oversees a team of six stylists and a spa therapist. Every member of this team is trained and certified by beauty schools such as Paul Mitchell, Keune, and Wella, and they supplement their basic cuts with signature services such as extensions and custom coloring. The latter of these ranks among the salon's most popular services, as the stylists can create special effects that range from a sleek glaze to jungle camouflage.
The logo for Royal Fades is a gold-and-black-striped barber pole with a crown on top. It sets the stage for the regal treatment each client receives at this welcoming Douglasville barbershop. The licensed barbers here offer beard trims, haircuts, and line-ups, and they specialize in fades and fashion-forward haircuts. Come in for a relaxing facial treatment as well, or have your hair texturized while sitting back in the cushy styling chair. If you accidentally wore your dress shoes to a kickball game, the shop also performs shoe shines.
Snip-its is an innovative hair care concept designed specifically for kids. With its colorful salons, custom cast of animated characters, interactive computer games, the 'Magic Box' and a line of hair care products specially formulated just for kids, Snip-its changed a sometimes painful experience into a pleasurable one.
After beginning her massage therapy career in Grenada, Tinasha Gray decided to a bring a piece of that calming, tropical oasis environment to Douglasville by founding Source of Wellness Massage. She and her fellow massage therapists provide their clients brief escapes from everyday life, helping them discover a sense of holistic balance in their lives. Drawing from a wide array of specialized modalities—including everything from Swedish strokes and aromatherapy to reflexology and trigger-point therapy—the team alleviates the chronic aches and discomfort that can be caused by pent-up stress or injury. Though massage is the spa's main focus, the aestheticians also pamper visitors with indulgent cosmetic services, such as personalized facials, back facials, and waxing treatments that leave skin as smooth and hair-free as a freshly shaved manta ray.
If you speak Portuguese, you can quickly guess what Cabelo Studio 1 is all about. Cabelo, after all, translates to “hair” in Portugese, and hair is what the salon staff does best. The team offers a variety of haircare services to bring out client’s natural beauty, from quick and simple cuts to highlights, color treatments, chemical relaxers, and perms. Additionally, the staff offers specialty services such as an intensive deep conditioning treatment for particularly dry or damaged locks. Sewn-in, track braidless, and full-bond extensions, meanwhile, add floor-sweeping length to short ‘dos and strands that refuse to grow for fear of attracting a prince known for climbing long locks.