Kat Geringer is a born stylist. Since she was old enough to read fashion magazines, she would scour their glossy pages, reading up on the latest trends and hairstyles. Kat went on to earn her cosmetology license and open up a salon of her own: Shear Luck Studio. Within the bright space, Kat performs a variety of haircare and skincare services, from smoothing Brazilian blowouts to rejuvenating mini facials. During mani-pedis, Kat decorates nails with colorful shades using durable gel polishes.
Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon?s introduction.
Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that?s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.
When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you?re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.
The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye?s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.
Kursten Skelley styled her first coiffure at four years old when she taught herself to braid her Barbie's hair. Her penchant for artistic expression overflowed into painting and writing and was likely inspired by her mom, who was a hairstylist. Even so, pursuing a career in beauty wasn't really on her radar at first, so she entered the adult world by opening a coffee shop. This would have been the end of her story if Kursten hadn't decided to go to cosmetology school. After returning to her first love, she went on to found K. Styles and hone her skills on fashion shows and photo shoots. No matter what style she concocts, she sees beauty in everything from vintage and hip-hop fashion to avant-garde looks, such as creating a beehive hairdo with an actual beehive.
Scottsdale Beauty Bar prefers to characterize themselves as a blowout bar?a salon offering quick primping services such as shampoo and conditioning. But despite being new to Scottsdale, the salon knows style, which is why modern red and black furnishings fill the Old Town salon. Their beauty prowess isn?t limited to the decor, however. A team of experienced stylists?who regularly attend continuing education courses?revamp coifs with both trendy and classic ?dos. For immediate length, they attach DreamCatchers extensions, while new hair hues, such as mahogany brown or invisible rainbow stripes, are hand-mixed from Elumen color glazes. The Beauty Bar team also beautifies clients with natural-looking spray tans, removes body hair with threading, and tops digits with acrylic tips and gel polish.
As a licensed aesthetician and master lash stylist, Amida has worked with many different brands of eyelash extensions. Not quite satisfied with the products on the market, she designed her own, Lash It Up. The line includes eyelash-extension glue and remover, and synthetic mink lashes in various lengths, widths, and curvatures. Amida also personally trains other lash technicians who want to use her line.
Inside Lash It Up Beauty Salon, she individually applies her extensions to clients' natural lashes, creating either a subtle look or a look that's more dramatic than a teenage girl who was just told she can't go to the malt shop with her hepcat friends. Amida can complete makeovers by threading eyebrows into perfect arches.
Thomas Dwight hones his scissors, blowdryer, and skills at Zoltons Salon and Day Spa, where he joins a staff known for its collective creativity. Indeed, Zoltons has a reputation for being at the forefront on trends and has been tapped numerous times by the media to share their tips, including this Fox 10 feature on summer hairdos. With 5,000 square feet of space and including 40 hair stations, there's plenty of room to let creativity loose. Thomas specializes in spicing up hairdos with cuts, coloring, and treatments. His fellow stylists and aestheticians offer everything from hair design services to vegan facials and permanent makeup, the latter a treatment that renders morning makeup routines as obsolete as coin-operated websites.