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.
Verve is a multi-faceted villa of flexibility that provides yoga classes for everyone from newbies with ligaments as rigid as toy soldiers to seasoned veterans as flexible as a reed in the breeze. With today’s Groupon rolled up like a practice mat, head over to the spacious studio to engage in a series of health-boosting poses that improve strength, flexibility, and overall calmness of the mind. With lessons guided by a staff of trained instructors, students of all experience and fitness levels will find a paved path to fitness within Verve’s hallowed halls. Yoga classes are currently offered four days a week. Consult the schedule to find yoga class times that work within hectic schedules full of work, family, and daily cyborg battles.
Body Design of Pittsburgh and its expertly trained staff trim fat and inches off bodies with a virtually pain-free, FDA-approved Zerona body-slimming laser treatment. Touted as a safer alternative to surgery, the method allows patients to remain fully active during each 40-minute treatment and has little to no side effects. Patients will relax while lasers emit beams into their sides, diminishing waists, hips, thighs, and drumsticks by a combined three to nine inches (results vary depending on the individual). A preliminary medical consultation will determine if customers with thyroid disease or diabetes are eligible for treatment; the procedure is not recommended for those with other metabolic disorders, those who have had cancer within the past year, or taffy gums.
Retta Flagg was introduced to the reparative benefits of massage while recovering from a back injury. Once she was back in tip-top shape, Retta decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, focusing her initial training on styles designed to treat injuries and chronic pain. Only a few years after completing massage school in 1986, she started a 10-year career teaching neuromuscular technique at the very same institution she attended—the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy.
Retta now owns and operates The Healing Touch, a place that clients frequent for stress-relieving treatments ranging from Swedish and pregnancy massages to paraffin therapy baths and onsite corporate chair massages. All the wellness center's therapists are graduates of accredited schools, boast more than 600 hours of training, and actively improve their skills through continuing education and thumb-wrestling tournaments.
An Aveda concept salon, Denham & Company relies on top-notch service while slathering guests in a marinade of beautifying, botanically based products. Guests can nurture noodle nests with a women’s haircut ($40+) or men’s haircut ($28+) and conditioning treatment ($25+), as well as add a pigmented punch to specially selected strands with partial highlights ($60+). Waxing services are available to separate codependent brows ($16–$18) or to ensure faces ($40+), arms ($50), and legs ($40–$65) are as smooth as a saxophone’s soulful sound. Located in historic Market Square, Denham & Company fuses modern design accents with traditional architecture. The butter-colored walls and abundant greenery create a cozy and oxygen-filled environment, while rustic hardwood floors offer additional support to nonlevitating guests.