Dritan Azemi’s parents wanted him to become a doctor or an engineer. But he had his own ideas about how he could best help people. Feeling a calling in the world of aesthetics, Azemi dropped out of college and moved with his family from his native Albania to southern California. One day while out walking, he happened by a beauty school and stopped in to speak with the director about enrolling. Though Azemi had planned to heal people as a massage therapist, the more he worked on the school's styling floor, the more inspired he was by the happiness his clients felt after a great haircut. On his 20th birthday, Azemi celebrated by speeding down Interstate 15—an act that got him pulled over, right at the exit leading to the Ontario Mills mall. There, he discovered what was then Allen Edwards salon, where he quickly worked up to senior stylist and educator. When industry legend and ceramic-tools innovator Adam Shuman took over, Azemi learned many of his signature styling techniques and eventually became the company's junior art director.
Azemi's parents soon announced that they were moving to Pittsburgh, and he had to give up his glamorous fashion shows and photo shoots. He retained his sunny California mentality, however, and felt he could use this to enhance salon-goers' experience in the Pittsburgh area. The accomplished stylist opened Azemi Salons in 2008, naming the business not only after himself, but after a root word in several Eastern languages that means “power” and “moving forward.” To continue forward in its client-empowering mission, his team now offers spa treatments alongside hair services, performing skin-specific facials, relaxing mani-pedis, and massages to leave muscles as relaxed as the dress code at a Halloween parade.
The acclaimed eikön Hair Lounge was the brainchild of scalp-styling whiz Stephen Graham. Graham's idea was to assemble a group of top-notch stylists and empower them to explore their creative impulses and define their own sensibilities. It's easy to see why this eclectic approach appeals to Graham. The hairstylist harbors an artistic streak himself, and studied ceramic engineering in college. The melting-pot milieu at eikön has won an equally diverse set of clients. The salon was dubbed Best Hair Salon by Whirl magazine, and team hairstylist by the Pittsburgh Passion, a women's football squad fed up with Vidal Sassoon's insistence that they not wear helmets. :]]
The stylists at Identity cut, condition, and color the hair of women, men, and children using products from Aquage, Kenra Professional, and Matrix Professional Haircare & Color. The studio also houses a team of aestheticians who groom nails and wax unwanted hair. Appointed with ornately patterned furnishings and recent issues of hairstyling and Highlights magazines, the waiting area lets guests lounge before and after their appointments.
Throughout her 20+ years in the beauty industry, Dianne D'Amico has approached hairstyling from every angle imaginable. She's been a beauty-school instructor, a stylist, and a salon manager. In April of 2002, she added "owner" to that impressive list by opening Bliss Hair Studio, the Paul Mitchell Focus salon that she continues to oversee today.
Dianne and two other stylists begin each appointment with a consultation, during which they plan a new look with input from the client. They then proceed to update 'dos with spiral perms, full-foil highlights, or ribbons cut from the day's newspaper. But the Bliss crew doesn't focus entirely on the scalp; spa technicians specialize in shaping nails and removing unwanted hair with wax.
Offering everything from Botox and Juvéderm to mani-pedis and spray tans, the staff at Pampered Peacock Spa and Boutique makes each client’s beauty and relaxation needs a top priority. Hair services include cuts, color, and keratin treatments. Spa packages combine services such as a soothing Swedish massage and mani-pedi or full-body exfoliation followed by a spray tan. For the young ones—girls between the ages of 3 and 12—the staff can prettify fingers or toes during fun spa parties, and also performs facials or creates envious peacock hairdos.
After moving to South Carolina to attend Sherman College of Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Katie Supik Resick returned to her native northern Pittsburgh and opened Optimal Health & Wellness Chiropractic Center. There, she and her staff help alleviate all types of pain, including those from injuries and conditions. Because no two patients are alike, treatment plans can include chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, fitness routines, massage therapy, or a combination of each.