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Keratin Treatments: Microscopic Mane Maintenance

Learn more about what?s going on beneath the surface of your strands during this treatment with Groupon?s examination of keratin treatments.

Keratin is the molecular building block of human beauty?without this fibrous protein, humans wouldn?t have nails hard enough to polish, tooth enamel sturdy enough to withstand weekly brushings, or hair lush enough to style. Within each strand of hair, chains of keratin can be arranged in different molecular patterns, and this variation is what gives each head of hair its unique texture. For those who find their hair's unique texture a pain to deal with every morning, those keratin bonds can be chemically rearranged with popular salon treatments from Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Complex.

Stylists apply a keratin-rich solution that finds its way into each hair?s second layer, where it can chemically reprogram hair from an unruly, cigarette-smoking strand into a well-behaved member of the scalp?s society. The heat of a flat-iron straightens hair after the serum's application so that as the keratin molecules fuse to each strand, they?ll do so in the right position. Methylene glycol or formalin?which release formaldehyde under heat?typically function as the glue bonding the molecules during and after treatment. The result of all this chemistry is a straighter and smoother look that can last for two months or longer, and, although any heat-based treatment can be taxing on hair, its fortifying effects tend to leave hair glossier and more voluminous than other relaxers do. So although frizz disappears, waves or loose curls can continue to cascade across the shoulders.

14615 Interstate 35 N
Selma,
TX
US

Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.

8235 Agora Pkwy
Schertz,
TX
US

Claudia Salon & Spa relaxes and revamps every inch of the human body with a variety of pampering head-to-toe services. Vanquish visage villains with an array of facials that rejuvenate and freshen faces, like a spray of Pledge across a newly hewn wooden canoe. The 75-minute deep pore-cleansing facial ($85) ventures deep into the pits of derm despair to extract dirt, grime, and blemish behemoths. The 30-minute ionic footbath ($40) extracts from the opposite end, claiming to pull toxins and heavy metals from the body using positive charges and extended guitar solos. Treat toes to a deluxe pedicure complete with a mask and hot towels ($45), or betray finger preference with a deluxe manicure and paraffin treatment ($25).

8142 Shin Oak Dr
Live Oak,
TX
US

Voted by the Nickolodeon Parents' Picks Awards as San Antonio's Best Kids' Hair Salon in 2009 and 2010, Sharkey's combines skilled scissoring with interactive games, lighted dressing rooms, and whimsical barber chairs within a vibrant, engaging atmosphere. Similar to vintage drive-thru salons, kids awaiting treatment can watch DVDs or play video games on personal flat screens while resting in miniature motorcycles, purple Barbie Jeeps, and sparkling Mercedes Benzes. A Sharkey's kids' cut ($18.95) gussies girls with a shampoo, haircut, wet style, hair clip, glitter star, balloon, and lollipop. Meanwhile, dapper lads get washed, chopped, gel styled, candied, ballooned, and tattooed with a temporary decal. Call ahead for an appointment, and to reserve your child's chosen chair.

8106 Agora Pkwy
Schertz,
TX
US

Certified master educator for Brazilian blowouts, Dallia Garza has cultivated a keen eye for style that she wields while working with clients to revamp looks during hair and nail services. She has been a nail artist and stylist for more than 20 years, with four years of experience doing nails and hair for fashion shows and photoshoots. In her cozy studio tucked inside Secret Beauty Hair Salon, the eponymous stylist behind Dallia's Hair And Nail Studio sculpts tresses into works of art with basic cuts and updos and adds dramatic depth with highlights and coloring. For appendages in need of pampering, she smoothes away rough edges during manicure services before topping digits with regular polish, nail art, or a special Shellac formula that lasts up to 14 days, giving clients a break from touchups or constantly wearing steel gauntlets.

35 Live Oak Avenue
Laredo,
TX
US

Skin savant Stacy McClure tackles epidermal issues with her menu of facials, waxing, and tanning treatments. Hydrating masks unclog pores, gentle chemical peels and microdermabrasion sessions buff away dead or damaged skin cells, and back facials detoxify and protect posterior-facing skin. Waxing sessions eradicate fuzz from the face and body with top-shelf waxes before calming lotions soothe freshly pruned skin. McClure’s head- to-toe airbrushing services enhance physiques with golden hues, and her lash-tinting procedures draw attention to faces easier than training butterflies to alight on cheekbones.

35 Live Oak Avenue
Laredo,
TX
US