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.
Freestyle Hair Body & Soul Day Spa's team of style mavens treats tresses to a variety of beautifying services. A Global Keratin treatment utilizes a formula of hair-strengthening proteins and non-hydrolyzed Juvexin to transform frazzled follicles into silken strands. The Global Keratin products come in three formulas, ranging from one that allows hair to maintain a subtle, wave-like curl while taming overall frizz to the third level, which completely straightens hair and makes it unsafe to place in a microwave.
To Constantina Hahn, hospitality is as important as the luxurious treatments and pristine facilities that won her studio a day spa Gold award from the Beaver County Times. Inside the homey spa, clients are greeted with complimentary coffee or tea and then led past rows of antique framed mirrors that reflect hairstylists and customers chatting like old friends. To make heads feel well-cared for, organic hair-coloring products––certified cruelty-free and vegan by PETA-customize hues, and Brazilian blowouts form a smoothing sheath around strands fried by chemical treatments or jealous short order cooks. Dermalogica skincare products also cater to individual needs and concerns as they are blended into tailored, age-defying treatments, and nail, waxing, massage, and tanning services ensure no limb, hair, tendon, or talon is left untended.
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, Wella, Brazilian Blowout, and Aveda and aestheticians infuse visits with subtle elements of luxury such as mini massages. Beauty treatments include hair removal, makeup application, and completely organic airbrush tanning. On the spa side, therapists administer massages with heated basalt stones to ease muscles and oust stress.
Cheri Herold, owner of Fountain of Youth Aveda Salon Spa, wields a lifetime of beauty-industry experience to motivate her multitalented staff to exceed client expectations. Plant-based products fuel facials, massages, and hair treatments with the anti-aging properties of lavender, sandalwood, and other pure, sustainably sourced herbs and flowers. Fountain of Youth also operates a salon apprenticeship program, which provides 2,000 hours of on-the-job training to promising young cosmetologists or ambitious mannequins.
At Sewickley Med Spa, highly trained medical professionals help patients to reclaim or maintain their youthful appearance with advanced aesthetic treatments. Dr. Thomas Michael has more than 25 years of experience and training in aesthetic medicine and currently serves as the medical director of Heritage Valley WoundCare. He worked for many years in the areas of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and emergency medicine, and he can therefore sing in perfect harmony with an ambulance siren.
Together with registered nurse and cosmetic-dermatology specialist Michele Altobello, Dr. Michael provides complimentary consultations for medical-grade skincare services including chemical peels, Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers. The clinical team also enhances natural beauty with permanent makeup and addresses spider veins with sclerotherapy. The reception area of the private, discreet office is decorated with soothing violet tones and a potted orchid.