If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, then disheveled hair provides the least efficient route for climbing monkeys to reach the bananas in your fruit hat. Today's Groupon tames tresses for easy scaling: for $99, you get a Brazilian blowout or keratin smoothing treatment at Underground Hair Artists (a $250 value).
Underground’s troupe of experienced stylists wields an arsenal of strand-smoothing treatments to revamp frazzled manes, boost sheen, and cut styling time. Clients can opt for a Brazilian blowout or a keratin smoothing treatment, both of which hit locks with a protein-packed punch to transform frizzy-haired ‘dos into sleek coifs without the lingering gravy smell of traditional protein methods.
Depending on hair length, the keratin process takes between two and three hours and requires clients to safeguard newly smooth locks from moisture, styling, and hair clips for the first 72 hours after the treatment. With proper care, such as using sulfate-free shampoos and singing “Rock-a-bye Baby” in the mirror, keratin-smoothed strands can remain sleek for three to five months. Alternatively, the Brazilian process revamps hair in 90 minutes with no downtime and grants noggin noodles shiny tresses for up to 12 weeks. Throughout treatments, clients can relax amid Underground’s chic and edgy confines bedecked with decoupage walls and bright red chairs, and the accommodating staff fills bored hands with coffee, beer, or a game of cat’s cradle.
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