Inside this European-style salon, a skilled team of stylists use high-quality products to renovate clients’ hair, skin, and nails. Stylists craft trendy dos with American Crew and Enjoy hair serums as well as stimulate thinning strands with Nioxin products. The team also removes unwanted hair with heated wax and keeps digits looking polished with relaxing mani-pedis.
As a 14-year veteran of the beauty industry, owner Tawny Gray of Glam Couture Salon—a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon—bestows her beauty knowledge on her team of dedicated nail techs, aestheticians, and stylists, who also keep skills fresh with continuing education. Positive energy flows through the brightly lit salon and spa as stylists use Paul Mitchell products to reprimand rebellious split ends, frizz, and bangs that got too cozy with eyebrows. Aestheticians leave epidermises silky smooth with body waxing sessions, and nail techs spruce up finger and toe tips with OPI, Venique, and CND Shellac polish that can be applied in solid layers or decorative designs.
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.