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.
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.
Shoppers happening past Mina's Salon's glass storefront at The Shops at Willow Bend will catch glimpses of master stylists cutting and coloring coifs against an elegant backdrop of black-and-white damask. The team's 26 years of service and proficiency in hair telepathy make selecting an appropriate product for each set of tresses simple, with colorfully stocked shelves offering the latest nourishing elixirs from Kérastase Paris and restorative hair masks by Moroccanoil. When not busy sculpting strands, the staff also pampers overworked hands and overdanced feet with relaxing massages and warm paraffin dips and leaves skin silky smooth with waxing services that expand southwards from the brow.