Licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, and manicurist Alicia Favreau specializes in making her clients look and feel beautiful with an array of spa services. Alicia welcomes guests into her apricot-hued studio, where she 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, a hot-towel treatment, or a musician looking for a quiet area to play the drumsticks. Alicia also helps clients in their pursuit of youthfulness with facials, spray tans, mani-pedis, and waxing services, and she carries many natural and organic products.
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.
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.
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.
Premier Hair & Body Care's highly trained and certified staff pampers clients' facades with a vast array of aesthetic services. For clients seeking to reduce the appearance of cellulite, Premier Hair & Body Care offers Oleaslim aromatherapy cellulite treatments. During the one-hour treatments, a masseuse uses essential oils to saturate afflicted areas with gentle heat, which helps to detoxify the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The mixture also helps to hydrate the skin and tighten lax tissues for an improved appearance and resistance to walk-by pinchings. To fully primp skin to its fullest, the Oleaslim package includes three separate tissue-tightening treatments.