As one of the oldest cosmetology schools in the area, the Salon Schools Group has been churning out highly trained manicure mavens, visage revolutionaries, and overall bodily beautifiers for nearly eight decades. Drop by any location and let one of the up-and-coming cosmetologists stage a performance of their freshly honed skills under the supervision of an expert instructor before they matriculate to some of the finest salons in the area. Services, which vary by school location, include a cranberry bog facial from Westerville's spa menu, which cleanses and heals the skin with antioxidants and essential oils and, like any fruitful spelunking expedition, concludes with a shampoo and blow dry ($32.50). Heath's salon menu offers deluxe haircuts with a blow dry and curling-iron style ($9–$11) and cap highlights ($29–$30). Liberate upper lips and eyebrows from the tyranny of excess fuzz with a wax from Canal Winchester's spa offerings ($7 each), or sharpen your claws with the full set of sculptured nails offered on Karl Road's salon menu ($20). There are a slew of equally indulgent treatments at all seven locations. Go in for a marathon glam session before the office prom, or spread out services over multiple visits.
The trained tress-tamers at Salon Lofts know how to snip, dye, and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Specialists can expertly install partial weaves ($85), add accent color to colloquial coiffures ($65+), and strap in shine with a super-shine gloss treatment seatbelt ($45+). Or opt for nail services and enjoy expertly manicured finger lawns and toe topiaries ($40+ for a spa manicure and pedicure) (services and prices may vary by location). Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment.
Hair Conditioner: Ticket to a Molecular Makeover
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.
Inside Beaux Cheveux by Jennifer, Jennifer Ward provides cuts and colors and educates her clients so they can maintain their looks at home. She begins each cut with a one-on-one consultation to learn what her client wants in a do. Then, using her 10 years of experience, including extensive training in French-style haircutting, she sets to work crafting a beautiful and easy-to-maintain coif. In addition to cuts, Jennifer is a master colorist and offers all-over color, color retouching, and a variety of different highlights. For clients looking to add length or volume to their locks, Jennifer offers Cinderella Hair extensions.
Stylist Dawn Ward has been practicing her scissor choreography for more than 15 years. In that time, she's come to specialize in French cutting techniques, which emphasize individual features such as face shape. In addition to hair services, clients can also opt for nail care or a swift waxing session to banish unwanted hair.
At the vanguard of skin-saving technology, the SilkPeel stimulates damaged epidermises to produce healthful collagen and deliver therapeutic ingredients, such as vitamins and antioxidants, to torpid skin cells. A particle-free and personalized microdermabrasion, the SilkPeel eschews one-size-fits-all dermatology in favor of treatments tailored to each client's skin condition. Veteran aesthetician Tiffany Shoup, who has 10 years of experience, uses a specialized hand piece and serum to navigate face maps while improving acne-prone skin, moisturizing dry patches, and brightening dull complexions.