A complimentary glass of chilled flavored water welcomes clients to A Better You Day Spa and Salon, a prelude to the relaxed pampering that awaits. Within this spacious 7000-square-foot facility, stylist and aestheticians busy themselves with a full menu of beautifying services, including bundled services for ladies and gentlemen alike. Clients can also opt for a range of med spa services, including laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation. For those wanting to extend the coddling, the gift shop sits stocked with luxurious balms, salves, and lotions.
The skilled team of stylists at Head to Toe Salon and Spa have mastered cutting techniques, such as framing haircuts to the client?s face shape and rewiring hair circuitry with confident color. While waiting on their new highlights to set, clients may also indulge in a menu of spa services, which range from face waxing and massage to invigorating facial treatments. In the nail spa where guests peruse a wall of brightly colored polishes and select shades to revive them from hand to foot.
Owner of Couture Salon of Chattanooga, Constantin Randol, primps guests with cuts and styling, creating vibrant new looks with highlights and color. He and his other staff of stylists also outfit guests with sew-in extensions, and apply airbrush makeup.
Andre Zeto wields her scissors as if they were an extension of her hands. She confidently snips off unwanted length, and adds face-framing layers and bangs for both classic and modern hairdos. Her work at Twisted Scizzors includes trendy color treatments such as purple streaks, ombre color, and highlights that use the color invisible.
The only things cooler than an arcade is an arcade disguised as something else. Kish Haircuts appears to be a nice hair salon for adults, but it harbors a dual identity: TV and video games entertain kids, making it a contender for the title of World’s Best-Smelling Arcade. Of course, the salon also renders a full slate of hair services. Between deep-blue and off-white walls, stylists perform cuts and color treatments for tresses of all textures and types.
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.