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.
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.
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.
The Hair Studio’s stylists bring beauty to scalps and smiles to faces with a special focus in hair restoration, and extensions inspired owner Marietta Cioffi’s three decades of work weaving new locks for patients who’d lost their hair due to sickness or heredity. As a nod to its owner’s roots in hair restoration, the studio donates 3% of all profits to Hope Hair Loss, Inc., a sister organization that renews the hair of kids prematurely robbed of their hair by cancer or other illnesses. They also tend to the needs to natural hair, with stylists like Liz Harris smoothing strands to a velvety gloss with blowout treatments or stimulating brains with her haikus to conditioner.