The astute staff at Shear Heaven Salon & Spa whispers away stress or trims tresses with an array of spa services. A massage therapist's fingers knead muscles in more than 20 modalities, and aestheticians pamper skin with milk-and-honey collagen masks, body-waxing services, and facials. Body wraps chase away toxins with natural ingredients such as Dead Sea mud, green-tea extract, and seaweed plucked directly from sleeping otters' paws. As salon patrons kick back in salon chairs, Joico-trained stylists shorten locks into daring pixie cuts or shift shades to match earth-toned abstract art on the walls.
Bella Spa’s beauty technicians select bold hues and elegant sheens from a palette of OPI polishes during indulgent manicures and pedicures. During the 30-minute maintenance manicure (a $20 value), a cutical artisan files and shapes nail beds so they can finally win back long-lost gloves. Next, shoe fillers enjoy an hour of clipping, filing, and general mollycoddling (a $25 value). Patrons can choose one of two aromas to engulf beautifying sessions–the piquant citrus treatment aided by black-tea extract or a robust almond for an off-the-tree scent favored by furloughed hunter-gatherers.
Equal parts tanning salon, hair salon, and spa, Olympis Tanning, Salon and Spa welcomes relaxation seekers into tranquil confines marked by warmly lit hardwood ceilings and floors. Stylists give clients their undivided attention during haircare appointments, cutting, coloring, and styling strands to suit each individual's facial features, and spa experts dole out massages, hydrating facials, and full-body waxing treatments. Three types of tanning beds dot the space, including a standup booth from America's Greatest Tan, and technicians stand at the ready to darken pelts artificially with Norvell sunless spray formulas or a caramel coating.
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.
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.
Inside Alera's 3,300-square-foot spa space, clients can bask in the calmness of private suites and inherent glamour of the spacious, runway-esque haircutting floor. Stylists leverage high-end skin- and haircare products from Sebastian, Paul Mitchell, and Bioelements, and aestheticians infuse visits with subtle elements of luxury such as mini massages. Beauty treatments include eyelash extensions, hair removal, makeup application, and completely organic airbrush tanning. On the spa side, therapists administer massages with heated basalt stones or sea-salt body scrubs to ease muscles and oust stress. During all-day spa packages, guests are encouraged to bring bottles of wine to sip during their temporary stays.
The trained massage therapists at Pettinato Chiropractic Center ease tension, soothe stress, and boost circulation with targeted 60-minute medical massages. In the comfort of a private room, a specialist consults with the client to discern a fitting treatment based to suit individual needs. During deep-tissue massages, the therapist uses strong pressure and GPS satellites to locate tension buried deep in muscles, whereas the myofascial-release treatment aims for improved range of motion. Swedish massage wields long, fluid motions to promote blood circulation, and expectant mothers can relieve stress in sore joints with a pregnancy massage. To maximize the effects of the session, the specialists encourage patrons to drink plenty of water, stretch, and avoid strenuous activity.