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.
The experts at SkinSense Advanced Skin Care understand that each person’s skin has its own needs and foibles. Whether applying a mask or cleaning pores with a chemical peel, they begin by analyzing each client’s skin type first, ensuring that their treatments fit its unique topography. In addition to the classic approach of a European facial, for which they combine steam cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, and aromatherapy massage, the professionals provide a bevy of modern skincare services. They wage war on blemishes and sagging skin with a cutting-edge array of microdermabrasion, light therapy, and cellulite treatments. Helping to bring about the renewal, an arsenal of products from gloProfessional, DermaQuest Skin Therapy, and SkinSense’s own line stands ready to target blackheads or smooth and tone the outer organ instead of attacking all wrinkles with the same clothes iron.
The Classic Face owner Kathryn Belasco, a registered nurse who wields a license to apply permanent makeup with micropigmentation techniques, headlines a roster of beauty boosters that have a knack for making over clients from the neck up. While applying permanent makeup, Belasco and her techs use their tools to enhance the natural shape of clients’ eyebrows, eyelids, and lips according to the unique features of each customer, rather than festooning faces with makeup styles that will eventually fall out of fashion or aggravate territorial mimes. During their dermal-rolling treatments, they use small handheld rollers with tiny needles to help tighten loose skin, stimulate collagen production, and reduce scars and stretch marks. Once faces have been thoroughly prettified, the salon’s hairstylists can sculpt strands into flattering, face-framing coiffures.
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.