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.
Joseph Olinger, PhD, founder of Biomedic Research Group, has been in the hair-replacement and hair-restoration business for more than three decades. His knowledge of chemistry and nutrition has helped him develop support systems for a multi-theraputic approach, as well as preventive health initiatives to keep strands from jumping ship. In the mid-1990s, he started exploring the use of lasers in the battle against balding. These noninvasive devices can be used at home or in a clinical setting, and Dr. Olinger eventually started offering them in his Biomedic clinics.
Armed with an arsenal of hair products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Redken, Aquage, and It's a 10, Sarah Cope sets to work beautifying manes. Inside Danny Suero's Hair Design, a 30-year-old full-service salon, the 10-year veteran stylist cuts and texturizes locks to suit her clients, from simple bang trims to perms and keratin treatments. Her specialty, however, is color treatments. Sarah can add subtle sun-kissed highlights to brunette strands, accent blonds with pastel streaks, or alter the color of all-over hues with single-process color.
With a decade of experience and advanced accreditation under her belt, stylist and cosmetologist Jamie Lyn Cintron is well equipped to give her clients the looks they desire. As owner of her eponymous salon, Jamie Lyn works with a team of beauty specialists to create makeup and hairstyles that suit each of her client's personalities, be it a glamorous updo for an elegant bride or cascading waves for a fisherman. The salon's services also include airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions, and tattoo covering to ready guests for any event.
Inside Head Quarters, gentlemen sip on complimentary beers and use free Wi-Fi during haircuts and massages. A flat screen television at each hair station plays the latest sports game while stylists drape hot steam towels over men’s mugs, gently knead their scalps, snip off errant strands, and trim hairlines for a clean finish. Licensed massage therapists are also on hand to coax stubborn muscles into a relaxed state using the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage or the more unyielding deep-tissue techniques.
The staff at True Salon believes in the power of pampering. At this full-service day spa with an attached salon in Fort Myers, clients can come in for a chic new haircut and sun-kissed highlights, then head over for a 90-minute hot-stone massage and a customized facial. With a host of beautifying and relaxing services, from full-body waxing and airbrush makeup to mircodermabrasion, indulgent spa pedicures, and eyelash extensions, True Salon is a relaxing place to come for professional beauty treatments.