The official day spa and salon of the 2011 American Music Awards, J. Nicole's Day Spa and Salon calls upon its stylists' hair expertise and its technicians' skin savvy to pamper clients within a rock 'n' roll–themed lounge. The staffers, who can sometimes be seen jamming on the guitars that adorn the salon's scarlet walls, beautify heads with hair services and eyelash extensions or relax bodies with treatments such as massages and craniosacral therapy. Aestheticians also exfoliate faces with Obagi chemical peels and abrasive punk-rock drum solos.
The trained tress-tamers at Salon Lofts know how to snip, dye, and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Specialists can expertly install partial weaves ($85), add accent color to colloquial coiffures ($65+), and strap in shine with a super-shine gloss treatment seatbelt ($45+). Or opt for nail services and enjoy expertly manicured finger lawns and toe topiaries ($40+ for a spa manicure and pedicure) (services and prices may vary by location). Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment.
Hair Conditioner: Ticket to a Molecular Makeover
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.
Warm, earthy tones enhance the welcoming atmosphere at Allure Grand Salon, where hairstylists, nail techs, and a massage therapist pamper a diverse clientele. The team of eight stylists offers a wide range of services, including precision and razor cuts, vibrant highlights and multidimensional color, and sew-in weaves. For clients looking to change the texture of their hair, stylists provide smoothing keratin treatments and relaxers, as well as curl-creating perms. The team also offers twist outs, roller sets, and hot-oil treatments for natural hair. Allure's duo of nail techs treat hands and feet with mani-pedis, acrylic nails, and gel manicures complete with nail art. To round out the pampering, the salon's massage therapist calms clients with soothing aromatherapy scents and deep-tissue pressure.
Rumor has it that Amanda Baughman has barbicide running through her veins––she's that good. In a flurry of precise scissor snips she can craft a classic wave, modern layers, or bold pixie cut to flatter the features. While awaiting color highlights to set, clients may also make use of the salon's other indulgent services such as nailcare, waxing, and facial treatments.
Stylist Dawn Ward has been practicing her scissor choreography for more than 15 years. In that time, she's come to specialize in French cutting techniques, which emphasize individual features such as face shape. In addition to hair services, clients can also opt for nail care or a swift waxing session to banish unwanted hair.