New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
At Bella Faccia Skin Care, pampering begins even before customers meet with a staff member. Those waiting in the lobby for a nourishing facial or exfoliating body scrub can sit down in a mechanical massage chair, where motorized arms uproot stress from its hiding place. The nearby coffee bar—also stocked with spring water, tea, and juice—houses single-serving Keurig machines that brew java from the small cups that grow on coffee plants. Of course, these conveniences are only a prelude to the pampering each client receives when enjoying a fruit and vitamin peel or eyebrow wax given by one of the experienced staff aestheticians.
Warmly appointed walls, candles, and indoor flora set a serene tone at Capretti & Co., allowing aestheticians to perform nature-derived Elemental facials in tranquility. The 75-minute experience begins with a brief questionnaire that illuminates aestheticians on the beauty needs of each client, such as moisture-replenishing hydration necessary after a dry season or gentle exfoliation to smooth out visages that have recently weathered a micrometeor shower. With the questionnaire in hand, a Capretti & Co. technician custom-blends the Elemental Nature facial using environmentally friendly Aveda products and scented oils to soothe the skin and calm the muscles that make smiling, frowning, and frantic screaming possible.
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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Joseph Grice and Mary Brown combined their respective training in chiropractic care and nutritional counseling when designing their center's assorted weight-loss services. To jump-start clients’ fitness goals, they wield medical-grade technology, including a body-contouring YOLO Curve laser lipolysis system and fluoroscopic x-ray technology that can capture images of clients’ moving skeletons or daydreams. Patients can reinforce in-office procedures through detoxifying at-home cleanses or by following the medically designed Ideal Protein weight-loss program, which helps stabilize blood-sugar levels while promoting fat loss and preserving muscle tone.
When Clintona Robinson’s clients walk into her small boutique salon, leisure immediately takes hold. In addition to providing attentive haircare and hair-removal services, Clintona treats each guest to multisensory stimulation with music and complimentary cups of coffee. She handpicks products by Pureology and MoroccanOil to deliver praiseworthy results whether she’s administering a simple trim or adding human-hair extensions for professional Rapunzel impersonators.