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.
"We only do lashes," said the owner of Allure Lash Studio, describing the singular focus of her professional extensionists. "And we do them right…one lash at a time." Using safe adhesive and silky extensions, specialists frame eyes with lashes that can appear lusciously natural, cat-eyed, or multi-layered, depending on each client's preferences.
Visitors to Allure Lash Studio don't only get to choose how bold, thick, and silky they want their lashes to be. They also get to select the background music or bring along their own mariachi band. The studio's spa-like atmosphere helps to foster further client relaxation.
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.
Amelia, proprietor of Lashes By Amelia at Luxx Lash Salon & Boutique, extends lashes one a time with fibers both synthetic and natural.
She carefully affixes each strand to a lash, creating a fuller look that lasts up to eight weeks. Although she strives to make every set of extensions look as if they could be home grown, that doesn't mean she sticks only to black and brown colors. She also offers pink, purple, green, blue, and yellow, vivid colors for those seeking a more unusual look or who have a flower somewhere in the family tree.
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.
Specializing exclusively in semipermanent eyelash extensions, iLash Boutique’s extension experts execute flawless applications daily. To achieve natural-looking, lush lashes, they affix extensions one by one, customizing each application to the client's desired length and curl.