Without straightening, frizzy hair can become unmanageable, ensnaring any fine-tooth comb or chopstick in sight. Tame unruly tresses with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get a Brazilian blowout at Salon Kensington (a $200 value).
Salon Kensington’s hair experts rid tresses of curls and frizz for up to 12 weeks under the keen eye of a master stylist trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Depending on the thickness of the client's hair, the Brazilian blowout process takes between 90 and 120 minutes. The stylist uses a specialized shampoo formula and applies the Brazilian blowout professional treatment to create a protein layer around the hair shaft. Further straightening with a flatiron seals in the sleekness, leaving hair smoother than a pickup line stitched in silk.
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Amid the full-length photographs of models with stylish cuts that cover Salon Kensington’s canary walls, a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn looks down coquettishly over the intimate boutique. Hepburn was famous for her European-like beauty, making her a fitting avatar for a salon steeped in both European decor—sleek black furnishings and warm wood accents fill the room—and European hair techniques. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, master stylist Marissa Hernais leads a team of stylists who beautify clients with a range of aesthetic services, from haircuts and highlights to thermal-straightening services. Within private treatment rooms, aestheticians smooth skin with papaya-enzyme peels and full-body waxing, and technicians decorate nails with UV gel polish, silk wraps, and complimentary nail art.