Summer in Sacramento is perfect for barbecues, picnics in the park, waterskiing and lazy days by the pool, but it is not as wonderful for your hair. High temperatures, strong sunlight, chlorine, air conditioning and environmental pollutants can cause hair to become dry, frizzy and downright unruly. Some local beauty salons offer keratin treatments as a solution for straightening and taming your mane this summer.
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95814
Salon Entro offers a chemical-free keratin treatment that lasts four to five months. The service costs around $300, depending upon the amount of product that is needed for the thickness of the client’s hair. Owner and technician Aaleahya Simmons says there is often confusion about chemical treatments; Salon Entro does not do Brazilian Blowouts, which use formaldehyde. “Keratin treatments use nutrients and heat, a process which causes a chemical reaction. But the product is so safe you could eat it,” Simmons explains. A keratin “mini blowout” is available for $45. It does not straighten hair but provides short-term smoothing to hair.
3258 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
JANE offers a variety of services and the menu reflects a sensitivity to customers’ concerns about chemicals. The normal treatment, known as a “keratin blowout,” is available in the $200 range, but a version done without formaldehyde is possible for just a bit more. In addition, hair color and highlighting can be done in the traditional way or without using products containing ammonia. JANE is open seven days a week and the website often features sale and pre-purchase specials on keratin services.
Total Beauty Experience
2929 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
“Transformative” is how Total Beauty Experience stylist Nita Smentek describes the keratin treatment offered by the salon. “Clients love the way their hair looks and moves,” she says, adding that it protects tresses from becoming snarled or tangled. The salon has several different keratin treatment formulas available, depending on the texture, thickness and level of damage of the client’s hair. The process takes a minimum of two hours and the benefits typically last three to five months, according to Smentek.
2721 Fulton Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
Vanity Lounge, located next to the former Buggy Whip Restaurant in the Arden-Arcade area, provides a full keratin smoothing and straightening treatment for $300. Keratin blowouts, less intensive treatments for basic hydration, generally cost $99 each. Vanity offers color, cut and styling for guys as well as girls, including a Men’s Club “happy hour” with scalp massages and trims.
The Colour Bar Salon
947 Enterprise Drive
Sacramento, CA 95825
Colour Bar at Studio 21 in the Sola Salon building offers a keratin straightening treatment for $250. A popular hallmark of the salon is that services are provided at set prices, with no additional cost for longer or thicker hair. Since the keratin treatment normally takes upwards of two hours, clients can appreciate relaxing with a glass of wine while they get their hair glossed and straightened.
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