Recessed lights loom above Salon St. Clair like stars, casting honey glow on earthen tile floors and cozy leather chairs. Amid these warm accents, skilled stylists snip away split ends and craft feature-flattering highlights. Clients can opt for a wide array of 'dos, ranging from a classic layered wave, to a mod pixie cut with pastel highlights. Mani-pedis are also available, as well as waxing to remove caterpillars clients may have picked up walking through the park.
Hair Dryers: The Physics of Rapid Evaporation####Hair Dryers: The Physics of Rapid Evaporation
The invention of the hair dryer has given hairstylists a powerful tool of the trade and the rest of us a quick way to dry soggy fireworks. Check out Groupon?s explanation of the science behind dry hair.
Given time, everything wet?even hair after a long shower?dries due to evaporation. When left to "air dry," hair slowly loses its moisture as the air scoops it up and converts it to water vapor. Hair dryers speed up the drying process by blowing hot air over the wet hair?a process that works wonders thanks to two key principles of evaporation:
Evaporation requires energy, and more energy?in this case, heat?helps break the bonds holding water molecules together more quickly; when those bonds are loose, the water changes states.
A pocket of air can only hold a certain amount of vapor before it becomes saturated. Thus, blowing air over the hair increases the amount of air that can potentially pick up the vapor.
All hair dryers consist of an electric fan and a heating element. As the fan pushes air down the barrel, it passes over the heat and emerges as hot air. Though some models heat coils of wire with an electrical current, others have ceramic heating elements, which can dry hair more quickly by producing the more radiant, safer far-infrared heat. Lately, many stylists have begun to adopt ionic hair dryers, which expel hot air with a surplus of negatively charged ions, reducing static electricity and resulting in smoother hair.
The popularity of Viva Glam Salon's beauty treatments among brides led to it earning a spot on the Knot's 2012 Best of Weddings list. Regular clients can benefit from the stylists' experience and attention to detail during ammonia-free color treatments and formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowouts. Styling services can replicate glamorous looks from different eras: stylists perform traditional updos, vintage finger waves, and modern braids and fishtails. In the makeup chair, stylists perfect complexions with traditional and airbrush applications, ensuring clients look their best before a driver's license photo or cheekbone-modeling session.
Plaza Salon & Spa's artistic design team works with clients to discover the eye-catching cuts and color treatments that make manes both look and feel great. In addition to the advanced salon services, the European day spa environment imbues visitors with relaxation, aided by a menu of services that includes facials, nail care, eyelash extensions, spray tans, and massages.
Pumpkin, pomegranate, and peppermint mocha: these aren't the list of flavors at an ice cream parlor, but rather a few of the ingredients found in facials at Carpe Diem Spa. The haven offers indulgence in the form of salon and spa services that incorporate natural ingredients. Antioxidant-rich masks and cleansing fruit extracts can brighten complexions of all types, addressing concerns ranging from signs of aging to semi-permanent milk mustaches, while soothing massages banish stress. The spa's menu of top-to-toe treatments also includes haircuts, chip-resistant gel manicures, and waxing.
For Epitome Style Lounge’s owner Raena, helping people look beautiful requires more than just a keen eye and skilled hands. She makes a commitment to stay up to date on beauty education, and has attended trainings on topics including precision wet/dry cutting, color correction, and certified color classes for such brands as Matrix, Wella, and Redken. She uses this training to craft new hairstyles at the snip of her scissors and to helm a talented and trained staff who join her in her efforts. Together, they straighten hair with keratin treatments and enhance features with makeup application. The beauty professionals also sculpt gravity-bullying updos for bridal parties and remove unwanted hair with waxing services.