Sometimes things require a fresh coat of paint—figuratively, for those seeking a new look at the salon, or literally, for blacking out the nursery walls after your baby is unexpectedly born goth. Get an alternative look with this Groupon.
$99 for Beyond Keratin Smoothing Treatment ($200 Value)
During the 2- to 2.5-hour retexturizing treatment, stylists douse heads with Aveda’s plant-based smoothing formula. Containing no formaldehyde, the formula uncoils curls with a minimum of 74% naturally derived chemicals, leaving hair looking shiny and free of frizz. Organic botanicals then condition the hair, significantly reducing drying and styling time. Treatment is not advisable for very coarse or ethnic hair.
Some hair-straightening products that claim to be formaldehyde-free include aldehyde compounds, which are similar to the carcinogen formaldehyde. Side effects may include nosebleeds, headaches, vomiting, and respiratory problems, among others. Learn more about the health risks here.
Situated at the corner of a historic building in Old Town Alexandria, Penelope's Vanity looks as though it’s always been there. During the salon’s 18-year history, visitors have come to consider the salon a stress-free hub where they can leave their anxieties at the door and indulge in hours of time dedicated to themselves. The stylists’ ever-present hospitality is nowhere better exemplified than through the number of clients who stop in to chat or treat their hair to visiting hours with stylists on days they don’t have an appointment. After 5 p.m., the staff opens bottles of wine and champagne for clients to sip as they complete hair and skin treatments.
But the salon isn't only smiles and champagne. Under its neighborly exterior pulses a client-care philosophy rooted in providing superior haircare and skincare. The lead stylist helms the team with training from London's Vidal Sassoon school and excels at matching colors and cuts with guests’ lifestyles. With 18 years of experience in correcting complexions, the salon’s aesthetician is able to help clients overcome skin woes or indulge in an afternoon of pampering. During each shampoo, retexturing, and color service, the team treats hair with Aveda's organic, plant-based, eco-friendly products.