Hair & Styling in Fitchburg

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Licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, and manicurist Alicia Favreau specializes in making her clients look and feel beautiful with an array of spa services. Inside her studio at Natural Balance & Beauty, Alicia helps muscles combat tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage therapy. Massages are customized to each guest?s needs and can be upgraded to include aromatherapy or an eye and lip treatment. Alicia also helps clients in their pursuit of youthfulness with facials and waxing services.

1123 South St
Fitchburg,
MA
US

Hair Conditioner: Ticket to a Molecular Makeover

Your hair?s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it?learn why with Groupon?s close-up look at conditioner.

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.

49 Pleasant St
Leominster,
MA
US

Sarah Rattet, owner of Vitality Spa and Yoga Studio and master aesthetician, supplements her beautifying procedures with stress-busting yoga classes and holistic spa and medical aesthetic treatments. It all happens in a serene spa environment where students learn such practices as gentle Hatha yoga, silk-suspended aerial yoga, and candle-lit evening classes that maximize tranquility and scare off the Boogeyman. And the spa cultivates an outer as well as an inner glow with waxing from brow to bikini line and specialized facial salves rich in vitamin C harvested from the smoothest-skinned oranges.

166 Hamilton St
Leominster,
MA
US

The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.

32 Orchard Hill Park Dr.
Leominster,
MA
US

Each of Above and Beyond Hair and Nail Salon’s three stylists excels in a different facet of hairstyling. While salon owner and manager Debbie brandishes her 25 years of experience and the occasional pair of scissors to revive lifeless strands with fresh styles, co-owner Jerica specializes in fancy up-dos. The trio continually updates their skill sets and arsenal of hair colors in accordance with ever-changing industry trends, and stock the salon's shelves with products from brand-name hair care lines so clients can replicate their looks at home or in any car equipped with a blow-drier.

867 Central Street
Leominster,
MA
US

Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and style ($31–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving condition for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($60–$70), highlights ($80–$90), or a perm ($75–$85). Prices vary by location.

TWIN CITY MALL
LEOMINSTER,
Massachusetts
US