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.
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.
Dedria Wise and her staff at Mocha Hair Cafe specialize in creating chic cuts and styling services for hair of all textures. In addition to reshaping manes and adding highlights, they wash and retwist locks and assemble strands into elegant updos.
Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
Annette Jones's grin on the glossy cover of KC Business magazine is a constant reminder that Zafar's guiding concept is "do what you love." It's a motto Jones obviously took to heart, since her shop?s utterly appealing trio of services?Zafar is one-third spa, one-third salon, and one-third boutique?still stirs her passions today.
Within the hybrid shop, shoppers duck into changing rooms, where they step into the sequined leggings, feed sugar cubes to the animal print coats, and strike poses in the mini-dresses that comprise Zafar's wardrobe. At 10 hair care stations, technicians cut, style, and color, or select from a menu of natural hair services that ensure successful 'dos for almost every strand type. Facials, waxing, and massage keep skin smooth and muscles supple, and nail treatments even include a manicure option for men.
If anything, Skyline Downtown Salon is true to its name: housed in a renovated loft furnished with rustic wooden booths, the fourth-floor studio overlooks Kansas City's vista of industrial buildings and towers. While clients enjoy the view, stylists and aestheticians transform their hair, soothe façades with custom peels, and leave skin as smooth as laminated silk drapes with waxing treatments. Reflecting the attention to style of its location in the Crossroads Art District, Skyline Downtown Salon also offers haircare products from such companies as Oribe, Moroccanoil, and Bumble and bumble.