From her private station in The Guild Salon, aesthetician Tobi Hight refines faces with trained hands and professional products. From issues ranging from the acne of youth to wrinkles caused by an aging tooth fairy switching faces with you while you sleep, the skin expert can devise a solution to leave any complexion clear and radiant.
Take Five's talented stylists have been serving up beautiful platters of hairstyle since 1993 from their salon near the University of Oklahoma. Their scissors have dipped into the head-threads of folks from every imaginable walk of life, be they style-fixated fashionistas or befuddled Flubber-inventing professors. Once they've gotten your noodle-nest moist and tender with the help of top-of-the-line Aveda-brand products, Take Five will carve the locks of lords, ladies, and ladies' men into a new look that swivels necks and fatally distracts bomb defusers.
Studio Zen owner Melanie Luster fields a roster of talented stylists that utilizes top-quality procedures to leave clients looking their best. Two formaldehyde-free keratin treatments relieve overprocessed hair or underprocessed noodles attempting to pass as hair: either Perfection by Pravana or Keratin Complex by Coppola. The specially licensed follicular apothecaries soothe chemically damaged hair to restore it to a more natural strength and luster that can last 8–12 weeks. Visitors looking to remedy facial fuzz can opt instead for an eyebrow wax (a $12 value) or a lip wax (an $8 value). The treatment takes about 15 minutes, or roughly as long as it takes to evade a tenacious fifth-grader looking for magazine-subscription money.
The first modern false eyelashes were made from human hair, commissioned by silent-film director D. W. Griffith so that his starlet’s lashes would touch her cheeks with every soulful downward gaze. Although you may think it’d be hard to improve on these natural materials, in reality, the difference in texture between eyelashes and the stuff that grows from the head would make such extensions look a little strange. Stick-on strips have been available in drugstores for decades, but it wasn't until the mid-2000s that cosmetic scientists developed semipermanent extensions. Also known as grafted lashes, these delicate fibers fuse to the top of pre-existing lashes with pharmaceutical-grade glue, lending eyes a lush, natural-looking fringe without the use of mascara.
As clients lie on a table with their peepers shut for 40–90 minutes, a professional applies artificial lashes strand by strand, carefully bonding them about a millimeter away from the eyelid to avoid any contact with the skin or eye. The lush look stays intact for about two to six weeks—natural eyelashes have a finite lifespan, and when they fall out, they take the extensions with them.
Lash extensions generally come in two varieties: mink and synthetic. Mink extensions are made from sanitized, hypoallergenic hairs collected by brushing live mink, the same petite carnivores whose famously soft fur is prized for a variety of other applications. For synthetic extensions, lab technicians replicate the look and feel of natural hairs by forging lashes from plastic, faux-mink poly fibers, silk blends, or high-quality keraspecific fibers, which are chemically identical to real human hair. No matter the material, extensions should feel comfortable and light as they frame what poets have long called “the windows to the soul” and “the worst part of the face to be poked in.”
Our follicles constantly produce a natural oil, known as sebum, that moisturizes and protects hair. Over time, sebum starts to build up, leaving hair with that familiar greasy feeling. Shampoo works by stripping out sebum using a surfactant, which clings to small clumps of the oil before water rinses the globs away, along with any dirt, dead skin cells, or confetti scraps left in the hair. Although surfactants are shampoo's main active ingredient, most products also feature compounds to fight static, thwart mold and bacteria, and impart a sweet, pleasing scent. Most shampoos also contain lathering agents, although lather has no practical cleansing effect?customers have simply come to expect it.
In a span of less than 100 years, Americans went from washing their hair once a month to lathering up almost daily. Spurred mostly by ad campaigns of the mid-20th century, the trend of regular shampooing has taken a toll on our collective tresses. According to dermatologists, shampooing your hair too often can dry it out, causing the glands to compensate by secreting even more sebum. Experts recommend reaching for the shampoo bottle only two or three times each week.