Hair Today's seasoned stylists snip and primp their clients' manes with products such as Redken, Matrix, and American Crew, accentuating flattering features and keeping coifs in vogue or defiantly out of it. A shampoo cleans and freshens follicles, and a cut carves strands into enticing new forms, a two-step process as salutary as removing leaves and debris from a car's grill before brushing it with a full bucket of toothpaste. Head fronds can shift allegiance to another frequency along the spectrum of visible light after a partial color, and a supervening blow-dry finalizes the sleek new ‘do. Gentlemen, alternatively, can swing by the salon twice for a pair of 30-minute haircuts that keep domes trimmed and dapper enough to sweet-talk fedoras into never caving, no matter how much downward force a piggyback rider can exert on them.
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.
Half kids' barbershop, half toy store, Snip Snaps is equally adept at styling haircuts and hosting birthday parties. Kids can pick a fun chair for their trim, choosing from racecars and motorcycles, and then watch TV or pick out a kids' movie from the salon's extensive library. Snip Snaps even has PlayStation 2 plugged in to facilitate hassle-free haircuts. And adults needn’t worry; they can recline on a more traditional salon chair for their own cut and style.
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.
The aestheticians at iBrow Studios specialize in an ancient Eastern beautification method called threading, which uses cotton threads to swiftly remove hair at the roots. For those averse to threading, the salon offers other hair-removal methods such as waxing and flypapering. Clients can also slide into chairs for invigorating facials or retreat to a private room for soothing massages.