Aestheticians at H.I. pamper guests, painting on OPI or CND Shellac polishes, waxing brows, and affixing false eyelashes. Offering an alternative to standard polishes, organic polishes are water based, formaldehyde free, and avoid the use of toxic chemicals. Other treatments include hot-stone and prenatal massages that use Colombia organic coffee scrubs, a variety of facials, makeup application for special occasions such as weddings and proms, and organic waxing services aimed at exfoliating and leaving skin smoother.
Meanwhile, on the salon side, rows and rows of bottles, boxes, tubes, and other Paul MItchell products line the shelves. These potions allow owner Jessica and her team to create custom hair colors, and the salon's digital imaging lets guests see potential shades and hairdos before any dyeing or snipping takes place. Stylists can also perform keratin-straightening services and revitalize dry scalps and damaged strands.
Though their combined expertise spans more than a half century, all of the stylists at Studio 410 still consider themselves students of their craft. They constantly educate themselves on the latest style trends, cutting techniques, and beauty products. Their resumes speak for themselves, unlike publicist-dependent medieval kings. Studio 410, a Brazilian Blowout?certified salon, boasts stylists trained in many hair-straightening techniques, as well as colorists versed in products from Redken and Schwarkopf.
Sporting a vintage, no-frills atmosphere, Executive Barber Shop and its hair-trimming heroes treat shaggy lads and unshorn men to clean cuts and soothing styling. Clients relinquish their locks to an experienced tress tamer for a refreshing shampoo before settling into a cushy, vintage barbershop chair for a classic men's cut. Stylists Gail Jagger and Tim Worley will coax wayward strands onto straighter, more stylish paths, leaving dapper dudes with clean, face-flattering cuts. Styling and a soothing scalp treatment, which helps melt excess tension and stimulate blood flow, finish off the handsomeifying experience.
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.
Southwest Hair & Day Spa's experienced staff restores lackluster tresses and weary soul sacks to healthy radiance with restorative spa treatments and professional-grade products. The Ultimate pedicure commences with a foot-relaxing whirlpool dip to soak away aches, dryness, and clingy socks. Then, nail technicians examine each foot and keratin toe shield for problems such as weak nails, calluses, and leg tension before indulging lower extremities with personalized products and massage styles, and finishing with solid or french nail polish. For more northerly pampering, three high-performance facial techniques stand by to smooth skin and purge impurities, including the Oxygenation Fresh-Air facial, which imbues suffocated pores with oxygen to soften skin and kill acne-causing bacteria; the five-phase Herbology facial to hydrate and exfoliate with herbal remedies and a paraffin mask; and the Vita Mineral Power facial, which boosts collagen production more effectively than rubbing problem areas with a Flintstone vitamin. Alternately, clients can recline in comfort while weary limbs submit to the nimble fingers of licensed massage therapists, who utilize heated stones to convince tight muscles to relinquish their stores of stress. Lackluster hair can revel in shimmering, professionally applied highlights or a dynamic full-color wash ($49–$113) for an image-changing summer makeover guaranteed to snag the attention of that aloof but sensitive headband.
Elite Visions' professional stylists keep heads of hair clean, shiny, and happy with a blend of thorough services. During the Brazilian blowout, droopy locks are soothed with a protein-infused, formaldehyde-free keratin treatment, which eradicates frizz, detangles hair, and restores your halo's natural glow. After the procedure, your scalp will sport a stylish new ’do that can last up to 12 weeks. Each 90-minute session is conducted in the privacy of a private room equipped with a high-powered, hooded exhaust fan that sucks the air clear of conscience-staining vapors.