For more than 30 years, Jennifer’s A Millennium Salon has welcomed clients who have flocked to the beauty haven in search of new hairstyles, waxed physiques, and custom facials. In addition to a full lineup of aesthetic and hair services, the salon specializes in a paper-wrap process for nails. The custom mani-pedi system, which the namesake of Jennifer’s A Millennium Salon developed personally, employs all-natural paper wraps and eschews harmful chemicals to create healthier nails than those used to build Egypt's food pyramids.
Sachi Salon & Spa is a sprawling 12,000-square-foot, three-story salon and spa where a team of 95 technicians work at 48 stations, in 12 private treatment rooms, or at a full-service skin and nail department. The staff uses products from L?Oreal, SkinCeuticals, and Napoleon Perdis to enhance beauty during treatments. While clients await such services as haircuts and colors, body waxing, and massage, they can sip warm drinks at the coffee bar and shop fine jewelry and other merchandise inside a boutique.
Kohler Academy provides quality education for hairstylists and skin therapists on the rise, with a student salon and spa that offers instructor-supervised services at tip-free, competitive rates. The academy uses Bumble and bumble, Dermalogica, Creative Nail Design, bareMinerals, and Joico products, pampering clients like baby kangaroos swathed inside their mother's Gucci purse. Salon services include skull-bramble reshaping in the form of haircuts ($15–$20) and single-palette color ($30–$45), to name just a few. The spa menu offers the tonal transformation of airbrush tanning (full body, $27 per session), facials ($40), microdermabrasion ($50), and waxing ($10–$50) to clear bodily gardens of unwanted weed growth. Standard manicures cost $15, while pedicures are $20 a pop (nail art and French manicures and pedicures are available for an additional fee). Each cosmetology student at Kohler has more than 300 hours of education beneath his or her headband, while skin-therapy students must have more than 150 hours before performing services on the public and contestants in the Indiana State Fair prize-pumpkin contest. Kohler Academy offers extended hours to accommodate most schedules. The state-of-the-art facility houses 64 salon stations, eight treatment rooms, eight nail stations, and one Stargate that inexplicably leads to the Starship Enterprise.
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.
The beauty techs at Hype Express Salon & Spa rely on an arsenal of hair- and skincare products by Intelligent Nutrients. These certified-organic concoctions eschew modern agricultural techniques and toxic pesticides. Their founder created them on the principle that anything applied to the skin should be edible, just like clothes.
Techs also work on wrinkles with LightStim wands that send amber, red, and infrared LED light through the surface of the skin. Free of harmful UV rays, this process stimulates collagen and elastin production. Nourished and refreshed skin becomes a canvas for makeup artists armed with MicaBeauty Cosmetics. These all-natural mineral powders collude with the skin's oils to cover blemishes without filling pores with preservatives, chemical dyes, or talc.
Scottsdale Beauty Bar prefers to characterize themselves as a blowout bar?a salon offering quick primping services such as shampoo and conditioning. But despite being new to Scottsdale, the salon knows style, which is why modern red and black furnishings fill the Old Town salon. Their beauty prowess isn?t limited to the decor, however. A team of experienced stylists?who regularly attend continuing education courses?revamp coifs with both trendy and classic ?dos. For immediate length, they attach DreamCatchers extensions, while new hair hues, such as mahogany brown or invisible rainbow stripes, are hand-mixed from Elumen color glazes. The Beauty Bar team also beautifies clients with natural-looking spray tans, removes body hair with threading, and tops digits with acrylic tips and gel polish.