Salon owner and educator Monique Perez-Marini has spent 25 years developing her vision, technique, and training in New York and Florida. She has worked alongside hair luminaries such as Nick Arrojo from What Not to Wear and Hollywood stylist José Eber. She and her team offer fashionable cuts, ginger-infused Paul Mitchell conditioning treatments, and Pravana keratin applications with less than 0.01% formaldehyde. Monique’s specialty is color services, and she uses Matrix formulas that are free of ammonia and, like the best sleeping bags, enriched with softening oils. The salon will use any requested professional color line.
Between the mint walls of Sandals Salon, a slate of experienced stylists freshen patrons’ appearances with hair and skin services, including trend-sensitive cuts, perms, and body waxing, with the help of Goldwell and AG products. The staff settles clients in by offering hot coffee or purified water during a quick consultation. Then, the multitasking team gets to work, coloring or styling hair while simultaneously beautifying nails. A kaleidoscope of OPI polishes keeps digits shining, and gel nails enhance fingertips with a thin, clear overlay that resists chipping, yellowing, and running away as the nail grows out.
With the motto “Be your own kind of beautiful,” the stylists at this L'anza focus salon help bring out clients’ natural allure. They pull from L'anza’s line of botanical-based products to cleanse and condition strands before accentuating features with a flattering cut or vibrant new hue. In addition to hair services, the staff reveals brighter complexions with facials and makeup applications.
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.
For the licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor known as Shanti, massage and yoga are essential to achieving inner wellness. Indeed, she dedicates much of her practice, Just Breathe Massage and Skin Care, to these two philosophies. In her candle-lit studio, Shanti eases tension and pain from her clients through seven massage modalities. These include Swe-Thai therapy, which combines principles of Western massage and Eastern yogic stretching, and warm bamboo massage, which incorporates heated, oiled bamboo canes to help the spa's resident panda fall asleep each night. Additionally, Shanti uses Eminence Pure Organic products to perform custom organic fruit and vegetable facials, as well as other skin-care treatments.
As evidenced by the East-meets-West principles of many of her services, Shanti has traveled to earn her training. She studied massage at schools in Thailand, the United States, and Canada, and returned to Florida to hone her skin-care skills. In addition to her massage expertise, she's also a certified Inspired Anusara yoga teacher.
The well-schooled massage therapists and stylists at Shear Paradise set out to cultivate a spa-like ambiance, welcoming clients to the salon with pampering comforts and releasing them back into the wild with voguish hairstyles. In an atmosphere dripping with tranquility, massage therapists offer deep-tissue, sports, and pre-natal massages that aim to relieve tension and pain. Meanwhile, the full-service salon's staff specializes in obsessing over each customer's individual beauty needs. Consultations let them powwow with clients to determine how services might be deployed in concert to achieve a desired look. Staffers might combine highlights with such non-hair-centric treatments as manicures, and waxing, microdermabrasion. Additionally, the team's specialty, hot head hair extensions attracts a loyal customer base comprised of discriminating hairpiece wearers.