Though their tanning bed's bulbs are designed to last for up to 800 hours, the staff at The Equator replaces them after only 500–700 hours of use to ensure optimal UVB output. This is just one example of their dedication to providing the best possible tanning experience—another is the way in which they meticulously clean each tanning bed before and after each session. Aside from traditional UV tanning and sunless Mystic Tan offerings, they shrink unwanted bodily bulges with curve-contouring infrared-heat wraps. Infrared light goes to work, heating the subcutaneous layer of skin to sweep away unnecessary cellular deposits. Treatments burn through up to 1,400 calories an hour, dwarfing the results of other activities such as marathon running's 1,186 calories or marathon staring contest's two calories.
Styles have changed drastically in the last 25 years, but Your Personal Image Inc. owners Jackie Romano and Lea Ann Rattigan have remained tethered to the present even after a quarter-century of salon ownership. Thus, they’re able to approach every client with a vast amount of experience and a fresh eye for current and future trends. Along with their licensed staff of stylists and beauticians, Jackie and Lea Ann offer personal reinvention via cuts, perms, and coloring services that highlight their clients’ most flattering features. Skincare specialists approach complexions with similar finesse; they combat acne, wrinkles, and third nostrils with relaxing and revitalizing facials that utilize the powers of vitamin C and collagen masks. With a veritable buffet of makeover options, Your Personal Image Inc. teems with additional treatments that help clients look beautiful and feel confident, including airbrush tanning, mani-pedis, cosmetics, and electrolysis.
Inevo's wellness coordinators outfit clients with more svelte physiques using lipo-laser technology, a noninvasive contouring laser that helps oust undesirable fat and tiny aliens lingering throughout the body. An array of nutritional supplements, including detox supplies, rounds out wellness ventures and incomplete food-pyramid puzzles.
At Chaney's Natural, revitalizing the body is about more than muscle manipulation. Of course, the massage team commands an array of hands-on modalities designed to ease pain and promote relaxation, including Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and even energy-based reiki sessions. But the studio goes beyond outer relaxation by offering nutritional counseling services and mind-centering activities such as yoga classes, drum circles, and posing really hard riddles. Chaney's spans two locations and its Monongahela office is completely handicap-accessible, down to its wheelchair-friendly hydraulic massage bed.
In the early 1960s, a young man dropped out of high school and got a job cutting hair at Saks Fifth Avenue. According to TribLive, he made $4.95 for his first haircut, and as this new job transformed into a burgeoning passion, he decided to sell his car to pay for tuition at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Philip Pelusi, this blue-collar boy with a modest past, eventually came to own 13 of his own salons, create signature hair and skincare product lines, and garner a slew of accolades, including being named one of the top 10 stylists in the country by InStyle magazine.
At Philip Pelusi Salons, each of the stylists specialize in Pelusi’s patented Volumetric haircutting method. Following architectural principles, the method takes face shape and hair texture into consideration as scissor snips carefully build from the bottom up to create a style that follows the hair’s natural growth pattern and preexisting electrical wiring. To complement this structural approach, the staff calls on Pelusi’s own line of eco-friendly, plant-derived salon formulas that are bolstered with sunscreens, proteins, and moisturizers to keep strands healthy. The salon magnate’s skincare and cosmetics formulas follow the same nourishing recipes and take a starring role in the salons’ menu of facials and makeup services.
The Tanning Factory preps guests for sunny jaunts on the beach with tanning beds, spray tans, and waxing services, performed by a licensed aesthetician. The staff applies spray tans by hand to ensure an even color, and an array of beds tailor tans to specific shades with varied bulb counts and wattage levels.