Audrey's Hair Studio's stylists' portfolio of work is a colorful one. Rainbow and solid violet stripes woven into hair, eyelids shaded with funky pink, green, and yellow hues—it all converges in one spread of trendy, fun looks. But that doesn't mean the stylists lack the skills to appease a traditionalist. Their salon services include cutting and styling, coloring and highlighting, and perming and straightening—plus waxing, mani-pedis, and makeup application.
Offering everything from Botox and Juvéderm to mani-pedis and spray tans, the staff at Pampered Peacock Spa and Boutique makes each client’s beauty and relaxation needs a top priority. Hair services include cuts, color, and keratin treatments. Spa packages combine services such as a soothing Swedish massage and mani-pedi or full-body exfoliation followed by a spray tan. For the young ones—girls between the ages of 3 and 12—the staff can prettify fingers or toes during fun spa parties, and also performs facials or creates envious peacock hairdos.
Jennifer Scampone helms her styling chair with the authority of a veteran stylist, but she approaches each hairstyle with the flexibility of an artist. Her technical chops and fashion savvy can be traced back to the 12 years she’s spent in the beauty industry. Jennifer specializes in curly hair, but her talents transcend any one style. She answers her clients’ requests with professional and artistic instinct, creating a look that complements each client’s personal style like a kazoo complements a gym teacher’s descent into madness. Working inside Stephanie’s Hairstyling, Jennifer and her colleagues use Rusk products during all their hair services, and also offer nailcare and waxing.
Hair Relaxers: Breaking Nature's Bonds
Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon’s introduction.
Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that’s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.
When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you’re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.
The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye’s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are an Aveda concept salon located in the heart of McCandless. We strive to listen to our guests which lets us create customized services that meets the desired needs, so our guests will leave satisfied and reassured that they are in great hands here at Auria Salon.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The owners father was dying of cancer. She asked him how she could remember him after he passed. He responded, "Do what you love, exceed your dreams. Be who you are, and people will come. I will always be here. I will be in the wind." Auria was chosen as it means "wind".
What do you love most about your job?
That we have the ability to make people feel and look beautiful. We are able to inspire our guests to have a great day. We have the capability of transformation that can give someone all the self confidence they need for a special event, or their daily lives.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
They are amazing at what they do, extremely talented, but I go in because they really take the time to listen and really understand exactly what I want. I always leave more than satisfied.
Signature Service: Hair and makeup
Brands Used: Wella, Chi, Kenra, and AG
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Q&A with the Manager
The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?
Good listening skills and the ability to follow directions are two qualities a stylist must have. Each customer is different, and to make sure the customer is happy, a stylist has to understand what the client wants. Building a good connection helps the stylist reflect the customer's personality.