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.
They've been in business for 23 years, and all that experience means the staff at Oliverio Hair & Nails has their job down to a creative science. After years of calibrating just the right techniques, the team of hairstylists and nail technicians can spend ample attention on each client during their appointments, which can range from mani-pedis that leave skin soft and nails bright, to waxing services that define features by shaping brows or removing unwanted fuzz from arms and legs, or face-framing haircuts furnished with eco-friendly Aveda hair products that work with a variety of hair styles.
Every so often, a client enters Attitude Styles for a haircut, only to end up in a police car. And they smile the whole time. That’s because the police car is actually a tot-sized salon chair where tykes can lounge while friendly stylists trim their hair. In addition to children’s haircuts, the team creates trendy cuts and updos for adults and soothes skin with facials, manicures, pedicures, and paraffin treatments. Tykes and teens also can attend one of Attitude Styles’ classes or parties to learn new braiding, feathering, and updo techniques.
Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa is more than just a beauty haven—it's a family legacy. The late founder, Bruce Capristo, started styling hair at the age of 19. He owned and operated many successful salons in the Pittsburgh area beginning in the 1960s, including his flagship site—Capristo International—where he worked alongside his wife, Cheech. Bruce established a strong reputation while working in fashion, film, and television; he even styled hair on the set of the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead.
The location that Bruce opened on Ellsworth Avenue has now been going strong for more than 25 years. When Bruce passed away in 2006, his son Roman—a master stylist who trained with the likes of Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble—took over the business, continuing his father's dream. And although she no longer works as an aesthetician and stylist, you might still see Cheech helping out behind the scenes.
The laid-back atmosphere at the salon and spa keeps both clients and staffers happy; in fact, some of the stylists have been with the company since the very beginning. The crew hands out complimentary martinis on Wednesday evenings, pampering guests with custom facials and body wraps. In a private spa-party room filled with padded chairs and sheer drapery, the beauty experts ply brides-to-be or birthday girls with complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
Deemed one of the city’s best salons in 2010 by the Pittsburgh City Paper, Dean of Shadyside has been beautifying clientele since its founding in 1984. Its stylists focus on hospitality and guarantee all their services, which include everything from a basic blow dry to feather extensions and three levels of highlights. Nail techs perform four types of manicures and three pedicures for everyday occasions or as part of packages for bridal parties. In a private office, staff experts also consult clients on hair loss and offer them wig-fashion services or attach extensions for more voluminous looks.
It’s too bad that nails aren’t actually edible, because the pink and purple designs on display at South Side Nail Candy look positively delicious. The salon’s new location sets a relaxing tone with its plush princess pedicure thrones, which nicely counterbalance the feisty leopard and cheetah prints that accent the front room’s décor. More than just a place for mani-pedis, South Side Nail Candy also offers airbrush spray tans that infuse skin with UV-free color and waxing services that swiftly remove hair or turn the body into a giant, wickless candle.