People associate curls with impending danger, from the coiled snake and winding tornado to the plumes of dust on the horizon that signal advancing armies of slinkies. Fight back with today's Groupon: for $119, you get a two-hour keratin treatment at Up Close Beauty, Max (a $350 value).
Experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician Michelle Mai guides her staff at Up Close Beauty, Max through a retinue of services that yield fashionable 'dos. During the keratin treatment, plumage pros massage frizzy strands with De Fabulous Kerafusion's protein complex, which helps iron out tresses with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter and without harsh fumes or smoke. Strands stay on the straight and narrow for up to six months, freeing up hair straighteners to pursue careers as portable panini makers. To augment the new 'do or to keep other corporeal players in fine fettle, the salon will subtract 25% off future services, including a women's cut and style ($25–$40), body waxing ($10–$55), and 75-minute relaxation massages ($75).
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.
Up Close Beauty Max
In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked “Max” onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai—an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician—guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.
12804 Gulf Freeway
Houston, Texas 77034