At Blondies Salon/Body, pampering begins the minute clients walk in the door and they?re handed complimentary cups of coffee or glasses of water. Once thirst is defeated, experienced stylists use Redken products to help men, women, and children achieve fresh new dos that compliment their lifestyles and superhero alter egos. Blondies' resident aesthetician draws upon seven years of experience when beautifying skin during cleansing facials, peels, and waxing treatments. Elsewhere, Blondies? meticulous nail tech amplifies high fives with classic manicures or treats keratin with gel polish, which delivers color that lasts up to five weeks.
Signature Service: Highlights and color
Brands Used: TIGI, Wella, Matrix
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Come in and feel at home.
After 20 years of making runways bloom with gorgeous hairstyles, master stylist Ramon Bacaui opened Ramon Bacaui Hair & MedSpa to merge hairstyling with classic day-spa services. Ramon supervises a team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist as they update hairstyles, cleanse skin, and relax muscles amid classical artwork and dark wooden styling tables. The med-spa also carries Stella Bella mineral cosmetics, developed to suit sensitive skin types with products that are eco-friendly, made with cruelty-free methods, and fun to squeeze into a boss?s shoes.
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.
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.