For Body Beautiful's team of cosmetic experts, it’s not enough to simply treat patients’ skin, veins, or cellulite. The med-spa’s staff is also focused on helping patients understand the issues they’re facing and how they can be treated most effectively, which is why all patients begin their relationship with the spa with a personal consultation. Only then does Body Beautiful draw on its arsenal of high-tech services, including treatments that include diode-laser hair removal, tattoo removal, and fractional skin resurfacing and rejuvenation designed to minimize skin irritation. The team also uses lasers—along with peels, ultrasound facials, microdermabrasion, and other approaches—to combat acne and spider veins, and its laser toenail fungus removal helps prepare feet for warm-weather footwear. To complement its other technological techniques, Body Beautiful also offers body-contouring wraps, which relies on a mixture of radio frequency, infrared light, fillers and Botox, and massage to help defend against cellulite and assist patients in reshaping their figures.
Helmed by sisters Chris Powell and Linda DelRosso—a duo with more than 35 years of salon experience—Hairtique Designers Inc. revitalizes hair and skin with an array of salon and spa services. An in-depth consultation kicks off every tress transformation, with guests imparting haircut ideas and personal style goals before scissors work through mops to sculpt face-flattering 'dos. Color touchups, foils, and all-over color fix up pesky roots or add subtle dimension to manes, creating hues as flawless as mathematical proofs written inside a diamond. The salon builds on the sisters' 35 years of experience and keeps current on coloring and styling trends through its dedication to continuing education. Their tenacious talents earned them a 2012 reader's choice award in Trib Total Media for best beauty salon in Pleasant Hills.
Aestheticians soothe a panoply of skin issues with vitamins, steam, and European techniques during facials, and free pelts from unwelcome fuzz with waxing for eyebrows, underarms, bikini areas, and other spots. Spray tans give bodies that just-beached look and make glossy manicures and pedicures pop. For additional comfort, the Hairtique Designers staff greets all clients with a daily assortment of beverages and baked goods, including coffee, tea, and cheesecake.
Tending to bodies for more than 30 years, The Skin Center Medical Spa enhances innate beauty through noninvasive laser treatments, anti-aging skin therapies, and cosmetic enhancements. Conceived by Dr. Dominic Brandy, the current medical director at three Pittsburgh locations, and overseen by the Columbus location's medical director, Dr. Fernando Colon, the minimally invasive QuickLift mini face-lift helps tighten the lower face, neck, and jawline with a dramatically shortened recovery time. The Skin Center's experts revitalize all components of the face, targeting veins, hair, or _Mona Lisa_–shaped birthmarks through surgical solutions and high-tech injections. Vascular surgeons Dr. Marios Panayides and Dr. Jason Tomsic specialize in minimally invasive surgeries such as such as endovenous laser ablation, phlebectomy, and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to serve skin below the head.
Owners and principal members of the stylist team Emilio and Gino corral their decades of experience to create two distinct spaces where clients revel in personalized services. They staff more than 60 aesthetes, each of whom receives focused training on adjusting hair, skin, nail, and massage services to clients’ stated preferences and lifestyle. During and after haircuts, the team uses a house brand of products to style strands and address specific hair problems such as color fading, excessive oil, or naturally occurring pipe cleaners. During facials, the aestheticians home in on what lies below bangs by cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing skin, and tension dissipates during therapists' restful massage sessions. The downtown Pittsburgh location also plays host to an elegant serata—a private, chandelier-lit escape where bridal parties can enjoy ultimate relaxation before addressing the fact that their friend is marrying a panda bear.
Retta Flagg was introduced to the reparative benefits of massage while recovering from a back injury. Once she was back in tip-top shape, Retta decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, focusing her initial training on styles designed to treat injuries and chronic pain. Only a few years after completing massage school in 1986, she started a 10-year career teaching neuromuscular technique at the very same institution she attended—the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy.
Retta now owns and operates The Healing Touch, a place that clients frequent for stress-relieving treatments ranging from Swedish and pregnancy massages to paraffin therapy baths and onsite corporate chair massages. All the wellness center's therapists are graduates of accredited schools, boast more than 600 hours of training, and actively improve their skills through continuing education and thumb-wrestling tournaments.
Returning back east after working under Robert Cromeans—the global artistic director of Paul Mitchell—in his California salon and traveling hair shows, Sergio Pampena succeeded his father as the owner and driving force behind Sergio’s Style. Sergio works closely with the junior- and senior-level stylists who call his Paul Mitchell Focus Salon home, including three who spend their spare time as national educators for Paul Mitchell. His stylists begin cuts and colorings by ushering clients to the wash house, an alcove situated behind a towering wall of falling water where muscles relish a head and neck massage as soft music trills from speakers and well-hidden carousels. While stylists work, clients can watch their hair color getting mixed at the floor’s color bar or affix eyes on a wall-mounted flat-screen television. Though Sergio’s stylists are chiefly concerned with haircare, a menu of waxing, spray-tanning, and makeup services are available to complement fresh cuts.
Supervised by Ayurvedic physician and healer Dr. Lina Thakar, the specialists at Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Institute reach 5,000 years into the past when administering their Indian therapeutic techniques. The Ayurvedic philosophy centers on the individuality of each person, leading the staff to customize their blends of herbal oils and scents before beginning their Ayurvedic spa treatments. These calming procedures range from steam therapy to healing oil massage, with focuses such as detoxification and healing the mind, body, and spirit. During massage, technicians use several Ayurvedic techniques along the body's energy channel to help restore the flow of vital energy wherever it has become blocked. This in combination with herbal oils help squeeze out toxins to detoxify the body. The center also imparts wellness consultations on Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle options, as well as meditation.
Anytime Tan Tanning Club first powered up its trio of German-made tanning beds in September, 1985, during the peak of the decade’s indoor-tanning boom. But just as bulky car phones and shoulder pads have faded away in the years that followed, Anytime Tan Tanning Club has stayed on top of trends by acquiring the latest equipment for its eight area locations.
The staff members at each location can pair clients with all manner of machines, from powerful Ergoline beds and booths to innovative sunless-tanning solutions from VersaSpa. For added vanity, most of the salon’s locations offer professional teeth-whitening services. And the Robinson location even provides Evolv sunless tanning and innovative red-light therapy, which aims to diminish signs of aging or the fact that someone enjoys napping on pizzas.
At Rejuvenate Medical Spa, Karen A. Roperti, MD and Paul DiMaio, PA-C harness their combined years of experience in the health field to invigorate clients' skin with the latest anti-aging procedures and spa services. Wielding high-tech lasers, the clinical staff zaps unwanted hairs, veins, sun spots, or miniature planets orbiting the head, and handpicked products from Latisse and SkinCeuticals further smoothen skinscapes. Consultations before any appointment are free of charge, instilling peace of mind in guests readying for their first facial procedure or permanent-makeup session.
The staff of MaxManni, an Aveda concept salon and spa, understands that there are many ways to improve appearances. The spa's aestheticians share space with tailors and dressmakers who alter and resize garments to flatter bodies. Aestheticians mount eyelash extensions alongside natural lashes with a polypeptide bond, and accent faces with cosmetics infused with ingredients such as cinnamon from Madagascar. Aided by custom blends of pure flower and plant essences, massage therapists knead and stroke muscles to improve circulation and excavate wallets misplaced under muscle cushions. Tastefully furnished with tile and hardwood floors, MaxManni’s studio upholds a no-cell-phone policy to ensure that no accidents are caused by texting while depilating.
The creative team of Erin Lane Mattes and Carley Hapke harnesses their combined 16 years in the beauty industry to pamper clients inside a light-strewn Allison Park studio. Bright green walls and sleek hardwood floors reflect the space's cheerful, personable vibe, and handpicked products by renowned lines such as Goldwell and Brazilian Blowout Zero augment locks and highlight follicular auras during services in the form of hair coloring, extensions, and updos. Not content with just the basics of running a salon, Erin and Carley dole out a complimentary haircut to those donating their strands to Locks of Love and offer birthday-party packages for youngsters that include multi-hued extensions and mini manicures.
Jeffrey Grinnel knew he wanted to study massage to help escape the stressfulness of his career in business management; what he didn’t know was it would eventually ignite a new passion and jumpstart a new career path. He opened his massage practice BodyWorks of ShadySide 10 years ago, and since delving into his new line of work, Grinnel has developed the skills to whisk away muscular tension and stimulate physical health with massage techniques, skin treatments, and holistic healing. In the Swedish massage, the specialist uses a relaxing series of strokes called effleurage to invigorate muscles, stimulate the circulatory system, and undo muscle knots. He can also conduct a reflexology treatment, which reduces tension by targeting pressure points on the body.
Q&R Harmony Day Spa's aestheticians and massage therapists encourage relaxation and rejuvenation with skin and body services such as targeted facials, massages, or microdermabrasion. Wielding custom masks, exfoliation techniques, and ultrasonic technology, the team leaves faces smooth so that patrons can enjoy increased attention or dress up as a bowling lane for Halloween. They also draw on a menu of waxing services that whisk away unwanted stubble, eyebrow tinting to match recently colored curls, and hot-stone massages to obliterate tension. While the staff pampers, pastel-hued treatment rooms lull psyches into tranquil states and help patrons return to work or wash off sprayed-painted stress-wrinkles with available showers.
At Laser & Rejuvenation Center of Pittsburgh, a two-person staff performs a sprawling menu of nonsurgical skincare services, a feat that speaks to each specialist's multifaceted talents. Under the medical direction of Dr. Lawrence C. Biskin, the center firms up faces with Botox and Dysport injections, expels veins with sclerotherapy, and reduces the appearance of acne, fine lines, and indentations from kissing baseball cleats with Fraxel laser resurfacing. The comfortable center prides itself on discreet, professional care, and carries pharmaceutical-grade SkinCeuticals products to help patients maintain their supple skin at home.
The award-winning Dr. Dinakar Golla, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Golla Center for Plastic Surgery and Sacred Image Med Spa, has been recognized by universities, Merck, and the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. When he's not lecturing, publishing articles, and teaching other surgeons to perfect their skills and properly quote medical dramas, Dr. Golla joins his team to help patients look and feel their best. Traditional surgical options, such as rhinoplasty and tummy tucks, join injectables and laser treatments to comprise a full menu of rejuvenating services.