It’s hard to imagine a coastal vacation in southwestern Pennsylvania, but the large mural at Shear Perfection makes it a little easier to envision. Painted arches entwined in vines frame a calming pool of water, and the deeper blues of the sea stretch into the horizon, inviting the relaxed gaze of clients as they settle into the salon's chairs to find escape from the everyday. Those who concentrate hard enough or induce self-hypnosis may convince themselves that the air from the blow dryer is really a soft ocean breeze, as stylists work tirelessly to create cutting-edge hairstyles that exceed their client's expectations or to apply extensions that sustain the illusion of longer locks for three to four months.
Those looking for a vacation from aches and pains rest atop a heated table and listen to the sounds of soft music and a trickling fountain as massage therapists dole out Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Permanent makeup services help faces escape the daily grind of morning makeup routines with natural pigments that last one to three years, and eyelash extensions send mascara wands on an all-expenses-paid trip to the trash bin by dressing eyes in synthetic strands that are resistant to water, heat, and perspiration.