Unlike DNA or a propensity to yell at the TV, hair texture is a trait over which people can assert their control. Command your coif with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a keratin treatment at Salon Dolce Vita in Tustin (up to a $350 value).
Vidal Sassoon–trained owner of Salon Dolce Vita Mehran Samsami employs her more than 30 years of experience to lead a staff of educated stylists as they detangle unintended twists and declare war on frizz with formaldehyde-free keratin treatments. During the 90-minute treatment, a skilled mane maven douses strands in a protein-infused formula, which penetrates each individual shaft to the cuticle to uncoil curls and repair damage caused by low-flying planes. The treatment is safe for all hair types, including colored and chemically treated hair. Though not permanent, the smoothness and shine can last up to 12 weeks, roughly the same amount of time it takes to adapt the phone book into a dramatic opera.
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.
Salon Dolce Vita
Salon Dolce Vita owner and head stylist Mehran Samsami came to the world of hair design through a somewhat unusual path: first, she earned a B.A. in interior design. Indeed, there's a hint of classical architecture in the elegant updos she creates for proms, weddings, and other occasions where you're not allowed to wear hats. Armed with training received directly from product manufacturers such as Tony & Guy, Vidal Sassoon, and Brazilian Blowout, she also performs a full gamut of color and texture services.