Like an iceberg, beauty mostly resides below the surface, but only its visible portion can gain the attention of an ocean liner. Look shipshape with today's Groupon: for $99, you get an original Brazilian blowout or a Brazilian Blowout Zero hair-smoothing treatment at Salon Michaels in Mentor (a $225 value).
Salon Michaels' seasoned stylists tame unruly curls and frizz with a pair of Brazilian blowout formulas. Guided by their coiffeur's advice and photos of Gene Simmons' permed shag rugs, patrons select either the original Brazilian blowout treatment or the formaldehyde-free Brazilian Blowout Zero. The former capably conditions and irons out tight spirals damaged by chemicals, and the latter's plant-derived elixir works best on finer, looser waves. The serums coat each hair shaft with a protective layer of protein, smoothing cuticles and leaving scalp tails straight for up to 12 weeks. Both treatments last approximately 90 minutes, and create falls as flat and soft as a pancake's pajamas.
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.
In 2008, Michael Price of the eponymous Salon Michaels decided to rebuild his business from the ground up. The salon, situated in a former cottage, needed revamping, and Michael wasn’t shy about throwing out the old. “He redid everything to make it more modern,” manager and stylist Ashley Varcelli says. “It’s still laid-back, but I would say [it’s] more high-end.” With modish decor and a whole new styling team, Salon Michaels delivers couture cuts and Pureology color along with spa services performed in an updated mani-pedi room. Nail technicians use OPI shades, and have such expedient access to the brand’s latest collections that Ashley says local beauty-supply stores stand in awe and local crayon boxes turn green with envy.