Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
Expert nail tech Helena Jones deploys an army of microscopic architects to renovate nails during her specialty mani-pedi services. Not only is she certified by Creative Nail Design, but she's also a certified Shellac master painter. In addition to CND polish options, clients may request other high-end brands in non-gel formulas such as OPI and China Glaze.
For more than 23 years, clients have flocked to Judy Foguth's hair salon to update their 'dos with the latest cut, color, and texturizing trends. She and her team of six experienced cosmetologists make over manes with everything from traditional perms and japanese hair straightening to Cinderella double-bonded hair extensions, which last four–six months before turning back into yarn. Proficient in updos, Judy’s team can also style clients preparing for proms, weddings, or other special days, and extend their expertise to fit and style wigs for adults or children suffering from cancer or medical hair loss.
In addition to scissors or clippers, your stylist may pull out a razor. Learn what it does with Groupon?s look.
Shears are often considered the tool of the trade, but stylists carry an oft-forgotten but equally important tool in their arsenal?the straight razor. Deciding which one to use depends on a variety of factors, the texture and density of your hair chief among them. Though shears can create virtually any style from any angle, the result is always a straight, blunt cut?lending the hair definition but potentially making it look thick. A razor, on the other hand, cuts with a single fine blade, forming a softer, feathered appearance more akin to a peacock's majestic bouffant.
For people with fine to medium hair with a fairly smooth texture, this can create a dynamic, tossable style with lots of movement. If you have coarse or very fine hair, however, scissors might still be the better bet, as the razor might end up making it frizzy. Curly hair raises somewhat of a dilemma; though its coarse texture seems to demand shears, the tendency for ringlets to accumulate as a single, thick mass means a razor might be able to reduce the hair's weight and boost its movement and playfulness.
Friends and coworkers Chanin and Pam listen to their clients’ dream hairstyle ideas and bring them to fruition. At Chanin’s Hair Connection, the duo puts an emphasis on individual attention. Both Chanin and Pam personally schedule each client and take time before each haircut to discuss each client's lifestyle habits. The two stylists can create traditional or on-trend modern using their extensive backgrounds in hairstyling—Chanin alone has more than 20 years of experience—including all-over color, highlights, and lowlights, which add vibrancy and dimension to strands.
The air inside at Beau 'A Ravir Salon & Spa doesn't have the artificial smell that characterizes some salons. That's because the stylists use professional beauty products by Pravana and Enjoy that are loaded with botanicals—a pleasant alternative to noxious chemicals and flowers that refuse to wear deodorant. The staff take their time with clients, whether consulting with them before a designer cut, color service, or keratin treatment or descending on tense muscles with soothing strokes during a massage.