Owners and principal members of the stylist team Emilio and Gino corral their decades of experience to create two distinct spaces where clients revel in personalized services. They staff more than 60 aesthetes, each of whom receives focused training on adjusting hair, skin, nail, and massage services to clients’ stated preferences and lifestyle. During and after haircuts, the team uses a house brand of products to style strands and address specific hair problems such as color fading, excessive oil, or naturally occurring pipe cleaners. During facials, the aestheticians home in on what lies below bangs by cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing skin, and tension dissipates during therapists' restful massage sessions. The downtown Pittsburgh location also plays host to an elegant serata—a private, chandelier-lit escape where bridal parties can enjoy ultimate relaxation before addressing the fact that their friend is marrying a panda bear.
The comb twirlers at Cutter's Gallery attend annual conferences to keep up their styling chops and stay abreast of tress-taming trends and techniques. The stylists—who specialize in updos for proms and wedding parties—listen closely to customer's desires before wrestling with wayward tresses until they succumb to a coif capable of turning the head of a 19th-century statue. After a lathery shampoo and precision cut, a pelt designer meticulously styles your 'do as you relax in the warm subdued coloring of the spacious salon. A blow-dryer sends gusts of wind flitting through a newly-pruned follicular forest much like a lesson on French history sends Napoleon jitterbugging through a sixth-grader's daydream.
Stylist and owner Jesse Galvan has been renovating noggins for more than 30 years, taking part in ongoing training to keep his skills razor sharp. With nine of his fingers on his scissors and one on the pulse of current trends and techniques, Jesse will snip, sculpt, and style your strands to deliver you a new everyday accessory that complements your personality, lifestyle, facial features, and hair type (a $38 value). All forms of follicles will benefit from a Wella deep-conditioning treatment (a $20 value), which will transform even your driest, most damaged locks into lush water slides at your own personal theme park.
Stylists at The Big Tease Salon & Boutique specialize in dressing up locks with updos, blowouts, and other styles. Circular mirrors surrounded by lime-green and sky-blue hues greet visitors of the chic and cheery space. The staff is also adept at sculpting buzz cuts or undercuts into complex designs, including interlocked hearts, sports logos, and stars. Up a short staircase, the salon hosts a little girls' "bow-tique" that's packed with accessories and outfits that range from hair bows and flowers to onesies with attached tutus. The salon also performs mani-pedis and teeth whitening, so clients can dazzle passersby with blinding smiles from reflected laser beams.
The Style Bar takes its name literally—a real, marble-topped bar forms the centerpiece of the decor, framed by hanging wine glasses and martini-themed art. Amid the warm orange, yellow, and mahogany tones of the walls and wooden furnishings, the salon’s three stylists cut and color coifs on men, and women. They specialize in dark-to-light ombre highlights and balayage highlights, hand-painted streaks that mimic natural highlights from the sun. Nail services such as manicures and gel nails round out the aesthetic offerings and include indulgent add-ons.
At Solutions SkinCare, licensed aesthetician Mandy Early calls upon a decade of experience as she personalizes each facial according to the client's needs. She can blend skincare products to address issues such as dry skin, acne, or signs of aging, and includes a relaxing massage of the face, neck, and shoulders to ease tension accumulated while watching ping-pong tournaments.