Outside Salon Zero’s second-story windows, palms and tall trees sway as stylists feather strands of hair through fingers for a precise clip or color hair using ammonia-free products. Because it's a fume-free salon, they accomplish their services without shrouding clients in a cloud of chemicals, which can cause teary eyes or Toxic Avenger sequels. During consultations they hope to inspire clients to avoid such harmful chemicals, educating them on healthy alternatives. Their services range from infusing hair with vitamins while expunging built-up minerals and chlorine left behind by damaging hair products to massaging botanical-based Phyto Phytopolleine universal scalp elixir into craniums, treating dry or oily conditions. Their nail techs perform mani-pedis with a soy-based polish remover, and aestheticians brush low-temperature, all-natural wax along faces to eliminate unwanted hair and soften skin. The team can also take their chemical-free ways to weddings or photo shoots with on-location services.
Equipped with a file, a buffer, and a passion for nail design, technician Illeen Williams decorates finger shields with elegant acrylics and high-end polish brands such as OPI. Clients can also pair mani-pedi services with indulgent add-ons such as a hot stone massage, hot towels, or long-lasting shellac polish.
Sheer, wine-colored fabric dangles from the ceiling. Track lighting and box-shaped pendant lamps gently illuminate the taupe walls and blond wood floors. A statue of Buddha greets clients as they approach the reception counter. Together, all of these features help create a serene environment at ZenScape Nails Spa & Foot Retreat, which provides visitors with a brief escape from the hurried pace of everyday life.
Here, guests have the opportunity to pamper themselves with mani-pedi treatments that leave nails looking neat and trim or embellish them with unique, eye-catching designs. To round out the menu of spa and salon services, the staffers also apply eyelash extensions and perform hand and foot treatments that leave the skin feeling softer than a teddy bear stuffed with marshmallows.
Nestled in downtown New Port Richey, Belle Elan Salon makes a cozy oasis for a host of beautifying treatments. From among their services, multiple types of straightening treatments meet hair-specific needs such as creating sleek strands with keratin formulas or leaving curls frizz-free but intact with Pravana blowouts. During pedicures, Belle Elan not only prettifies feet, but also protects them from bacteria and nail-nibbling piranhas by swapping whirlpool tubs for Footsiebath’s disposable liners.
No matter how long a person?s locs, their history is even longer. Check out Groupon?s study of their origins.
Often associated with celebrities such as Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, and Lenny Kravitz, locs are a style in which sections of hair form thick coils that the wearer does not comb out or cut. Locs are created by one of two principal processes: the freeform method or the cultivated method. Calling the former a ?method? is a bit misleading, as it simply consists of not doing anything to hair until it forms itself into locs. The cultivated method can start in a variety of ways, such as braids or single and two-strand twists, that wearers wash and condition but do not brush out. As new hair grows in, it requires twisting, a process that stylists often refer to as ?loc maintenance.? Those who wish to skip the budding phase can cheat the look with loc extensions, available at many salons that specialize in natural hairstyles for African Americans.
Though still popular today, some believe the look originated in the societies of east and north Africa, including the Maasai of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, as well as the ancient Egyptians. To many members of the Rastafari movement, the reason for wearing locks is found in the Bible, specifically the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:5, which states that ?All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head [?] he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.? Throughout history, the look has had cultural significance in other religious communities around the world, from India to Jerusalem, as a commitment to shunning material vanity or as a tribute to ancient deities who are thought to have sported the style as well.
Strawberry margarita, key lime pie, and morning coffee—at In'Dulgence Nail Spa, the nail technicians serve these sweet treats to feet in a soothing array of spa pedicures. They also tend to hands with acrylics, gel fills, and CND products, including shellac polish, which stays chip-free for up to two weeks. Many of the manicures and pedicures harness the restorative powers of essential oils, and technicians can add-on extras including exfoliating scrubs and paraffin treatments. Though they're mostly focused on hands and feet, the staff also waxes away unwanted hair from faces, bodies, and overgrown bear-skin rugs.