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.
At Bei Capelli Salon, master stylist Tiffany Fitzpatrick remodels hairs with calculated snips and the sleeking effects of moisturizing treatments. Ms. Fitzpatrick nourishes strands with products from brands such as Matrix, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Aquage, and Moroccanoil. During treatments, guests receive a complimentary water, soda, or coffee along with access to the latest magazines and feelings of relief that they can get frizz-free follicles without sending their hair to the dry cleaners.
At Miles Salon and Spray Tan, it’s all about color. The team of stylists and technicians enlivens both hair and hide with professional-grade hues. After styling cuts to suit facial features and personality, they can mist physiques in shades of gold with full-body spray tans. Splashes of artful polish often follow during mani-pedis before a quick waxing evicts unwanted body hair and its dreams of being woven into a shirt.
A full-service hair salon boasting an adept staff of coiffure crafters, Touché assists in transforming noodle nests from disheveled to dashing. Using only the highest quality products, such as Redken, Pureology, Moroccan Oil, and Sebastian, stylists offer first-rate services at five different levels of experience. Tame an overgrown tress mess with a women's cut and style ($33–$54), or shape up limp scalp spaghetti with a men's cut ($20–$37). Coifs can intensify their stars, stripes, or neon streaks with full highlights ($69–$91), and a matching eyelash tint adds a suitably stylish wink ($24). Silence the face’s screams for sleekness with an eyebrow, lip, or chin wax ($15 each). A comfortable atmosphere marinated in stone, wood, and stainless-steel fixtures, as well as colorfully accented walls, provides a pleasantly placid locale for pampering tussled follicles after an afternoon of chasing tornadoes with reckless abandon.
As the owners tell it, Cha Cha's was opened "in direct response to the 'mega spas' and assembly-line salons of the last several years," and they’ve designed it to be "a throwback to the old barbershops and salons." Specifically, they want to capture the high level of customer service that defined shops of previous generations. Personal attention, carefully crafted styles, and hot-lather shaves are de rigueur. There’s also a nostalgic feel to the shop's quirky décor: they have a cigarette machine that dispenses candy and on the walls are Old Hollywood glamor shots, taken so long ago the Hollywood sign had only lowercase letters. The hairstyles themselves don’t have to be old-fashioned, though: the salon portfolio is lined with pictures of pink hair, half-shaved heads, and trendily executed tamer do's.
Skin serves as the body's first defense against the elements, and aesthetician Susan Mefford helps clients reward it for its loyal service. At Susan E's Skin Care Studio, she mends daily wear and tear with powerful facials that use traditional techniques, such as exfoliation and facial massage, as well as more advanced technology, including ultrasound technology, photo rejuvenation, and traveling skin back through time to its childhood.