Face, Skin & Body's waxing experts uproot unwanted follicles with precision and a gentle, personalized touch. Clients can choose to free their bikini area of clingy body hairs or bid adieu to upper-lip fuzz and happily arch a pair of perfectly shaped eyebrows. Waxing banishes follicles from the skin for longer lengths of time than shaving, allowing razors to return to their original role as manual lawnmowers.
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.
For Perfectly Polished’s owner Kathy Paff Barnhart, a holiday is more than just a celebration; it’s a chance for her to try new nail designs. She relishes the job’s endless opportunities for creative expression, which includes hand painting original nail designs and matching her clients’ nail colors to their prom dresses. Since 1997, Kathy’s been a self-proprietor, running her cozy, lace-curtained shop with a passion for beauty and backed by a degree from Butler Beauty School. Her specialties include gel manicures, pedicures, and acrylic nails, which she files by hand instead of relying on drills or other mechanical means. Spray tanning is also available.
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.
Owners and principal members of the stylist team Emilio and Gino corral their decades of experience to create two distinct spaces where clients revel in personalized services. They staff more than 60 aesthetes, each of whom receives focused training on adjusting hair, skin, nail, and massage services to clients’ stated preferences and lifestyle. During and after haircuts, the team uses a house brand of products to style strands and address specific hair problems such as color fading, excessive oil, or naturally occurring pipe cleaners. During facials, the aestheticians home in on what lies below bangs by cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing skin, and tension dissipates during therapists' restful massage sessions. The downtown Pittsburgh location also plays host to an elegant serata—a private, chandelier-lit escape where bridal parties can enjoy ultimate relaxation before addressing the fact that their friend is marrying a panda bear.