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.
While working toward becoming certified yoga teachers, massage therapists, and personal fitness trainers, the students of Lexington Healing Arts Academy complete hundreds of hours of hands-on training. They put their fresh knowledge into action, leading classes and working with clients to promote natural healing and wellness.
In addition, the center is home to certified instructors who lead a variety of classes on body alignment, pose execution, and proper breathing as well as general fitness. There's Rebecca Hannifan, for example, an instructor who brings elements of mambo and salsa to Shake, Shimmy, Sweat classes. Fitness and yoga sessions also include Yoga Foundations, which helps to establish a basic knowledge of yoga while improving general well-being, as well as Happy & Healthy Backs, which gently builds strength and flexibility to support spines. Some of the center's classes are quite inventive as well; there's Piloxing, for starters, which adds elements of Pilates to cardio kickboxing.
Functioning as both a salon and wellness spa, Salon Asa fulfills a variety of needs related to beauty, health, and relaxation. With a team of cosmetologists, massage therapists, personal trainers, and yoga teachers, Asa offers everything from haircuts to Thai massage to yogalates classes. Visit the salon for mani-pedis, hair colors, waxings, and other beauty-related treatments, then stop by the spa for pure relaxation, with several types of massages to choose from. The shop’s yoga studio reduces the effects of stress through soothing stretches and relaxing breathing exercises.
The salon has also implemented several sustainability initiatives to help the business become eco-friendly. Many of the shop’s beauty products use natural and organic ingredients, and several of the store’s furnishings are repurposed.
The internationally trained staff at Ziyan Salon & Spa pampers patrons with an emphasis on high-class luxury. The experts draw upon the skills they learned at Wella, Redken, and Paul Mitchell schools and using quality products such as GLO Theraputic, which focuses on skin health and are only sold to certain skincare professionals. They stay atop haircare trends, employing wet and dry hair-cutting techniques and keratin-smoothing treatments, and they cosset skin with deluxe spa treatments that can include indulgent massages and pillows heated by Cupid's embrace.
The luxury extends to the salon's d?cor of rich red walls, plush rugs snuggling up to leather couches, and flat-screen TVs. The salon's most opulent offering, the Enchanted Mayhem fashion show, celebrates the newest hairstyles with a night of catwalking, dancing, and Faberg?-egg juggling.
Electrologist Louise Chaffins pours more than 20 years of experience into Bluegrass Electrolysis and Laser Clinic, where she oversees a friendly staff of capable technicians. Louise and her comrades clear bodies of unwanted hair with electrolysis and laser hair-removal procedures, and they spruce up visages plagued by wrinkles and Rorschach inkblot-shaped age spots with noninvasive facial services such as microcurrent facial toning and infrared light therapy. A complimentary consultation precedes each treatment, ensuring clients receive plans tailored to their individual needs.
Visitors to SunSpa Tan & Body can achieve sun-kissed glows in one of two ways: with canisters of Mystic Tan's chromatically diverse DHA tanning solution or in 1 of 12 UV beds. With the close of a booth and the press of a button, Mystic Tan's elixirs nourish skin with infusions of aloe vera and antioxidants in a hue that suits each patron's unique complexion or beach-based excuse from jury duty in around 60 seconds. The diverse lineup of UV beds boasts features that range from open-air designs to speedy eight-minute bronzers. Newly tanned physiques can then retreat to the spa, where aestheticians help free them of imperfections with serums infused with Dead Sea salt and parafango mud.