Licensed cosmetologist Melanie Milburn has two great loves in her life— her family and hairstyling. Drawing on a styling education received on Fifth Avenue in New York City, Milburn cultivates face-flattering manes with high-end products by brands such as L’Oréal, Redken, and Pureology. Clients can also solicit Melanie for color highlights or waxing services, or request her offsite cutting services for weddings or especially taxing flight delays.
The style stalwarts at Supercuts have trimmed, toned, and honed the domes of hair-bearing hominids for decades. Walk-ins and waltz-ins are always welcome seven days a week at any of Supercuts' convenient locations. The experienced stylists can accommodate cuts ranging from quick, careful mop maintenance to a more buzzworthy beehive for hypnotizing local grizzlies. Each scissor-handed specialist will draw from a vat of experience, leveraging quality hair products from Paul Mitchell and others to infuse your filaments with a winsome glow and creative coiffure. Feel free to stockpile up to three Groupons to ensure a series of sure-fire cuts before snow-spooked wallets retreat into prolonged hibernation.
The Great Sea of Regeneration can only ebb and flow so quickly when it comes to healing and breathing fresh life into your shore of skin. Today's Groupon operates faster than a metaphorical body of water to soften and beautify your skin with a microdermabrasion, IPL chemical peel, or hair-removal treatment from Rajeunir Medical Spa for $29 (an up to $150 value). Don't waste your time attempting to grow new skin using a microwave and fruit leathers when you can lovingly tend your existing outer layer.
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.
Dedicated to rejuvenating weary bodies, massage artist Pam hones her skills within a private room at Beauty Quest Salon & Spa. Pam soothes bodies aching from commuting to work by catapult via all manners of massage modalities, from full-body Swedish and deep-tissue massages to reflexology treatments. She also helps patrons deal with recurring maladies during pain-management sessions, and her energy- balancing treatments restore equilibrium to clients’ inner batteries.
Kandy Grimes owes much of her success as a massage therapist to her first career: registered nurse. At Massage for Wellness, she and her team aim for goals beyond relaxation as they banish soreness from clients' muscles. Their modalities range from Swedish and Deep-Tissue to Myofascial Release and Trigger Point techniques, all of which can impart health benefits to stressed bodies.
But communication factors into each massage as much as an adherence to form. During medical massages, for example, they discuss the sources of chronic pain and other ailments, then tailor the massage to address overworked or injured areas. Kandy and her staff also administer specialty services, such as massages for elderly clients, sports massages that improve athletic performance, as well as prenatal and infant massage classes, where parents can learn how to connect with their baby through touch instead of email.