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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

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

From behind her styling chair at Designer Glitz and Glamour, Lisa Ross cares for natural and chemically treated hair. With the aid of products by Matrix, Silkology, and Clio, she snips strands, colors hair in vivid hues, and styles tresses into elegant updos.

222 East Aviation Boulevard
Universal City,
TX
US

A full-service beautification destination, Fernanda's Salon houses a staff that's always ready to restore or reinvent styles. Stylists usually take center stage, and with good reason; their wide range of hair services includes everything from basic haircuts to extensive braiding and coloring services that give locks a much-needed costume change. In addition to making hair work its hardest, staffers also rid bods of fuzz that's wandered too far from its homeland; the shop's body-waxing services defoliate physiques from face to leg with the help of Italian products. Skincare forms the final point in the salon's trifecta, with aestheticians cleansing faces with peels, microdermabrasion, and one of five customizable facials.

2914 Thousand Oaks Road Ste. 215
San Antonio,
TX
US

Hair & Flair Color Salon regards coloring hair as an art form meant to be practiced by only the most experienced stylists. The slate of color services, which use high-quality products from Redken and Pureology, encompass retouching, highlights, and corrective treatments for 'dos that were marred by less practiced hands. The salon offers haircuts for men and women, restorative glazes and conditioners, and texturizing treatments such as keratin straightening and permanent waves. It also welcomes clients in search of facial waxing and makeup applications, thanks to the team's licensed cosmetologist.

4431 De Zavala Rd
San Antonio,
TX
US

Before Michelle Legorreta, the owner of Beauty Concepts Salon, cuts any hair, she makes sure to touch base with her clients in a free consultation. This personal touch allows Michelle to fashion looks that suit the natural beauty of her clients, enhancing their confidence and comfort. In addition to a suite of services that includes cuts and color treatments, Michelle and her team specialize in bridal packages that include hair, makeup, and eyelashes with on-location service.

606 Embassy Oaks
San Antonio,
TX
US