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.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
Angel Nail Spa is the place to go for affordable, beautiful nails. Located in a clean shop with plenty of nail stations, Angel Nail Spa offers a variety of services for both walk-ins and appointments. Purchase a fill-in, have some waxing done, or try something completely new; the staff at Angel Nail Spa is prepared to keep your fingernails and toes looking beautiful. Angel Nail Spa is not just a nail salon; it is a getaway experience. While the staff paints your nails, relax in their massage chairs or purchase an indulgent foot massage. Your experience is just as important as the beautiful nails you will walk away with.
Hair California Beauty Academy teaches students everything from basic techniques to the latest trends in the beauty industry. The school?s intensive programs focus on a different aspect of beauty, including hairstyling, cosmetology, manicures, massage therapy, and skincare. Students gain hands-on experience at the spa supervised by a licensed instructor, where they dispense their skills to the public with such services as eyelash applications, chemical peels, perms, manicures, and impromptu rounds of Patty Cake.
This clinic's licensed skincare technicians specialize in facial treatments designed to rejuvenate and rehydrate the skin and draw out their clients' natural beauty. Staff members harness the power of all-natural dried herbs and plant extracts to exfoliate damaged skin during the herbal A-facial peel, and they ward off pesky skin conditions such as acne scarring, fine lines, and sun damage during microdermabrasion sessions. Terry's also doles out services that aim to smooth and slenderize other parts of the body, including purifying back treatments, Formostar infrared body wraps, and hula-hoop lessons.
Inside The Skin Spa & Wellness Center's cozy boutique atmosphere, massage therapists and aestheticians pluck products from around the world to soothe individual complaints. Aestheticians pamper fa?ades with mud imported from Italy or exfoliate dry skin with Hungarian salt. During massage services, aromatherapy hailing from France sends nose receptors on exotic vacations. To reap the full benefits of each facial, waxing, or body service, the staff recommends booking services in advance to block out a time slot and ensure unhurried, leisurely service.