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.
Jesse Daniel Salon’s lineup of savvy stylists tame tresses with the Keratin Coppola hair-straightening treatment. Amid the salon’s black, white, and red décor, experienced stylists infuse follicles with a keratin-rich formula that soothes and relaxes strands without the hassle of singing them a full catalog of lullabies. The treatment defrizzes and uncurls all manner of manes, leaving behind soft, shiny curtains of hair more manageable than a newborn robot.
The professional staff at Sandy’s Threading & Beauty banishes unwanted hair in quick visits with expert waxing and threading services. Clients discuss aesthetic desires for their brows, which may involve accenting peepers with ultra-thin streaks or shaping tufts into an upside-down mustache to complete optical-illusion costumes. Aestheticians ensnare stray hairs between strands of thread, leaving eyebrows even and clearly defined. For the bikini wax, clients recline as aestheticians apply warm wax to quickly and efficiently remove unwanted hair.
Hair California Beauty Academy teaches students everything from basic techniques to the latest trends in the beauty industry. The school’s intensive programs focus on a different aspect of beauty, including hairstyling, cosmetology, manicures, massage therapy, and skincare. Students gain hands-on experience at the spa supervised by a licensed instructor, where they dispense their skills to the public with such services as eyelash applications, chemical peels, perms, manicures, and impromptu rounds of Patty Cake.
Amid the colorful, retro atmosphere of Hypnotic Salon & Spa, Laura Menna hones her steady hand and deft waxing technique. By using hard wax, Laura can gently lift unwelcome body hair while avoiding pain and skin damage. The expert tech can perform most treatments within 15 minutes, including underarm pruning, brow shaping, and mustache unbraiding.
The goal of the professional stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians at Synergy Salon & Spa is always to help their clients focus on "me time." Therefore, they infuse their services with light and soothing aromas from high-end hair and spa products, and dip hands in paraffin treatments. As an added bonus to their standard services, they also provide permanent makeup and eyelash extensions.