As guests leisurely recline on leather salon chairs with a glass of wine, stylists craft stunning new ‘dos using scissors, flat irons, and premium products from brands such as Redkin and Moroccan Oil. These hairdressers, who keep up with the latest trends through consistent training, also perform other salon services, including deep conditioning treatments, facials, lash and hair extensions, and waxings.
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.
Monica Bhatia has worked in the fashion industry for years, styling subjects for photo shoots and even prepping models for the runway at New York Fashion Week, according to her website. At Hair Tech III in Richardson, she and her team of stylists frame clients' faces with chic, flattering hairstyles. They clip precise cuts, infuse tresses with gleaming highlights and full color, and perform Brazilian blowouts that tame frizz so hairs will stop picking up radio signals. Patrons can also opt for waxing sessions that leave smooth expanses of skin on the face and body.
Jerome Hagood loved his job at Hair Art & Co so much that he decided to stay for good. So he and his wife Rhonda bought the business in 2004. Seven years later, they moved to a new location, where they continue to beautify clients just as the salon’s original owner had since 1983. The current team includes hairstylists, aestheticians, and a horde of invisible friends. Together, they keep customers looking sharp with haircuts, mani-pedis, facials, waxing, and more.
Claudia Phillips, a cosmetologist for more than 28 years and founder of The Styling Hutch, blazed a trail for her staff by becoming certified in Ouidad curly-hair styling. Behind their stations, the stylists unleash Ouidad's signature carve-and-slice method to lift curls, add bounce, and create definition. By focusing on taming frizz, Claudia and her team ease the difficulties many curly-haired clients commonly have, leaving hair as soft and manageable as a group of stuffed-animal employees. Also adept at straight-hair styling, the team cuts and colors strands with moisturizing products from Ouidad, Mixed Chicks, and Moroccanoil.
At Steven Maxx Salon, owner Lonnie W. DeMoe and his team of stylists draw upon 20 years of styling experience and arm themselves with products by Paul Mitchell, Redken, and American Crew. To beautify manes, they brighten locks via foil or cap highlights as well as combat troublesome natural textures with Brazilian straightening treatments or permanent waves. When they aren't artfully snipping away dead strands, the staff members refresh complexions with therapeutic facials that blend in enzymes from pineapples, papayas, and other naturally handsome fruits, and then shift their focus to the fingernails to outfit digits with new polish, fiberglass overlays, or acrylic fills.