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.
The team at the core of CS Therapeutic Massage draw from varied backgrounds in massage and therapeutic bodywork to ease their clients' sore muscles. Because of this focus on pain relief, they view themselves more as a wellness center than a spa. They work knots from muscles with massages that incorporate Swedish strokes or other techniques such as myofacial. One of their signature services is a fusion massage, which uses hot basalt and cold marble stones in tandem to lower inflammation while melting away muscle tension. The atmosphere at CS Therapeutic Massage is just as relaxing as the services. Each massage room contains sherpa tables, while a special relaxation room allows guests to wind down.
As members of a highly-trained staff, Dolce Vida Medical Spa's aestheticians perform high-tech skin and body rejuvenations alongside relaxing spa treatments. Light-based body-sculpting sessions, IPL skincare, and injectable solutions such as Dysport and Radiesse help patrons remain youthful without wearing their senior-class photo as a mask. Drawing from an apothecary of high-end skincare products from Obagi and ?minence, aestheticians nurture fa?ades with specialized masks, and massage therapists ease tension from torsos with hot stones, lava shells, frozen oven mitts, or bare hands.
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.