From her outpost inside House of Beauty 2.0, hairstylist Tara Bell transforms her clients' looks with chic hair services. In addition to cutting hair, Tara can add length and volume to tresses by meticulously sewing in hair extensions. She applies that same careful touch to all of her services, which include relaxers, highlights, updos, braids, and twists.
The friendly, meticulous nail technicians at The Scissor Room pamper hands and feet with a relaxing 90-minute manicure and pedicure. After a nail guru employs 20 miniature private detectives to assess nail motive, guests relax in an oversize spa chair as appendages’ caretakers clean, trim, and reshape cuticles. Tender talons are buffed to each client’s specifications, leaving them as soft as a pillowcase filled with shredded parking tickets. Patrons are then free to peruse The Scissor Room’s inventory of nail-polish colors to dress newly smoothed finger and toe canvases in a gleaming, museum-worthy hue.
Off the beaten path and contained within the walls of a quaint, cozy house, All About You Salon & Spa welcomes and enchants ladies with rejuvenating, radiance-restoring stays. During facial treatments, the resident aestheticians proudly implement a bevy of Murad skincare products, each infused with essential elements for a range of skin types and sensitivities. Those seeking shine can opt for the Sun Undone vitamin C infusion facial ($85), which combines pure vitamins with a wrinkle-reducing collagen to restore smoothness and firmness, while more gentle mugs can meander into the Sensitive Skin/Redness Therapy facial ($85), which relieves dryness, irritation, and balances overall tone. Meanwhile, the popular Resurgence renewal facial ($85) restores moisture, resilience, and smoothness to your epidermal emoticon and features glycolic acid and fruit enzymes to help eliminate problematic dead skin cells, promote cellular renewal, and more. To truly knock out unneeded fine lines, guests can also delight their skin with the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging powers of the AHA Rapid Exfoliator anti-aging facial ($95); pair it with the Intensive Wrinkle Reducer peel ($20 extra) to form a tandem that is so anti-aging, it makes Peter Pan look like a sell out.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon’s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection—even with properly sanitized instruments—may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they’ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it’s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
Whether it's their wedding day or just an average day, the staff at Studio 247 wants clients to look and feel beautiful. To that end, they pull from a luxurious stock of products that includes Essie and OPI nail polishes, hair-nourishing Morrocanoil products, and Murad skincare serums that allow the studio's aestheticians to tailor each facial to their client’s specific needs. They perform an extensive list of services that they update regularly in order to keep up with the beauty industry's latest trends. The hairstyling team, for example, now specializes in 100% human-hair extensions as well as Brazilian blowouts, which transform frizzy locks into strands that are sleeker and shinier than a motorcycle carved from freshly churned butter.