Step inside Wellness Wisdom Therapeutic Bodywork and you'll notice that time seems to slow down. You'll be offered a cup of hot tea and the chance to spend some time in the meditation room either before or after your massage. That's the goal here?founder Suzanne Antal-Proietti has carved out a space where clients can escape the pressures of the outside world and restore their minds and bodies. There's a massage for every purpose: meditative massage helps foster bliss and tranquility, for example, while therapeutic massage helps neutralize pain and tension. Other services include reflexology, energy healing, and sound and vibration healing.
When clients want to feel as tenderly cared for as a crate of dynamite or are simply pressed for time, Social Beauty to Go brings its services into their homes. Nicole Rogers helms the salon; cuts, colors, and styles locks; and waxes facial fuzz. She offers everything from an amino-acid smoothing treatment, which removes frizz but not waves from curly hair, to a hair wrap, which keeps strands moisturized after a shampoo and style.
At LoveHealing, a massage therapist relaxes bodies and relieves tension with a range of massage modalities that inspire mind-body harmony. These indulgent services are all performed within the cozy confines of her softly lit studio, pleasing clients' eyes as their bodies sink into relaxation.
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.
Aromas of fresh-brewed cappuccinos and fruity wines swirl throughout Shear Genius Salon, where owner Brooke Capriotti and her styling team strive to make customers feel pampered and at ease with complimentary refreshments, free WiFi, and personal attention. The salon's licorice-hued walls and honey-toned hardwood floors create a warm environment, where clients are encouraged to discuss their desired 'dos with stylists before undergoing each tress transformation. While sculpting locks, Brooke taps into skills she learned by studying with the Wella Exchange, Bumble and bumble, and Fredric Fekkai. She's worked hard to perfect treatments such as So.Cap hair extensions, Bio Ionic straighteners, and Deva cutting methods, which allow her to cut curly hair in its natural form and eliminate the "spring factor"—a downside that results from trimming wet hair or accidentally applying Slinky extensions.