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.
Stylists at Dolce' Vita Salon & Spa know that living the sweet life isn't just about being rich; it's about feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin. So they try to help their clients retain sharper images with professional haircuts, color, and keratin hair-smoothing treatments that make hair sleeker and enable it to fit back into its prom hat. Their efforts haven?t gone unnoticed?clients voted Dolce' Vita the best salon in Wexford in Trib Total Media?s 2012 Readers? Choice Awards. To keep the good vibes flowing below the shoulders, the spa also offers spa services that include Swedish or deep-tissue massage, custom facials, and Minx Nails mani-pedis.
Certified beauticians convene in Hair Symmetry's well-lit salon and merge their modern sensibilities with clients' unique traits and goals to produce fashions both beautiful and tailored to the wearer. The salon's hair stylists leverage a roster of products, including Big Sexy Hair, ColorProof, and Moroccanoil, as they use deft scissor skills to refashion hairdos into modern headscapes and add colors so rich they could purchase real estate at the ends of a rainbow. Nail technicians dote on digits as clients kick back and relish the trimming and shaping of their fingers and toes, a process punctuated by applications of colorful OPI polishes and the Shellac Gel System by CND.
If a struggling client ever wonders where certified health coach Heather Hosilyk gets her empathy, the answer lies in her past, which was defined by a poor diet and an extra 100 pounds. To lose the weight, Heather completely overhauled her diet to include no- or low-glycemic foods void of grains, gluten, and the gloomy fortune-cookie predictions that often trigger emotional eating. Today at The Natural Center for Health, Heather helps clients plagued with food addiction or stubborn weight do the same. She asks her charges to implement three basic lifestyle changes: nix processed foods, eat only heart-healthy fats, and use only ancient grains such as wild rice and quinoa. She uses one-on-one counseling and six-week group sessions as a platform for touting local, nutritious food as the basis of healthy diets. Apart from lending a hand to local farms and reducing emissions and superfluous packing materials, buying and eating locally ensures meals are fresh, tasty, and free of additives, Heather says, much like money still hot from the US Mint’s stovetop
The stresses of everyday life dissipate at the hands of Tranquillité Massage Therapy’s licensed staff members, who ply muscles within the softly lit confines of its private treatment rooms. The therapists target chronic aches and pains across the body, digging into or gliding across soft tissue with massage modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, and soothing hot-stone. Specialty massages administered by highly trained therapists target overworked muscles that impair the body’s performance, and paraffin wax treatments enhance any massage with skin-softening warmth.
A visit to Tranquillité Massage Therapy shows that it takes the implications of its name seriously. Nearly every facet of the center contributes to an optimally relaxing experience, from plush massage beds to a policy that allows clients to prepare for massages at their own pace—time spent undressing, relaxing, and rehearsing groans of relief never counts toward massages.
Laser devices fill every loop in Premier Laser Spa of Pittsburgh?s tool belt. The certified laser technicians reach for them during noninvasive hair-removal sessions, where they unholster the one best suited to an individual's skin tone. With the help of accompanying cooling systems, each laser banishes unwanted follicles while keeping skin from overheating. Their laser prowess extends to facial rejuvenation as well.