In the early 1960s, a young man dropped out of high school and got a job cutting hair at Saks Fifth Avenue. According to TribLive, he made $4.95 for his first haircut, and as this new job transformed into a burgeoning passion, he decided to sell his car to pay for tuition at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Philip Pelusi, this blue-collar boy with a modest past, eventually came to own 13 of his own salons, create signature hair and skincare product lines, and garner a slew of accolades, including being named one of the top 10 stylists in the country by InStyle magazine.
At Philip Pelusi Salons, each of the stylists specialize in Pelusi’s patented Volumetric haircutting method. Following architectural principles, the method takes face shape and hair texture into consideration as scissor snips carefully build from the bottom up to create a style that follows the hair’s natural growth pattern and preexisting electrical wiring. To complement this structural approach, the staff calls on Pelusi’s own line of eco-friendly, plant-derived salon formulas that are bolstered with sunscreens, proteins, and moisturizers to keep strands healthy. The salon magnate’s skincare and cosmetics formulas follow the same nourishing recipes and take a starring role in the salons’ menu of facials and makeup services.
Trendz the salon spa owner Alana Ficco holds licensing in nail care, skincare, management, and teaching, all of which qualifies her to lead a team of beauty professionals who groom nails, knead out tension, and cleanse skin. Perhaps a particular highlight of the team's service menu is the wide range of body treatments; there are a dozen distinct masks and wraps, including a cocoa bean scrub and a Caribbean therapy treatment infused with the Aveda skincare products the spa favors.
The spa also hosts a beauty boutique stocked with jewelry, shoes, and handbags. The boutique's bath bombs allow guests to indulge at home, and its supply of soaps that look like cupcakes thwarts people who make a living selling stolen desserts to the mafia.
During her more than 23 years in the beauty industry, Angela (Allen) Jana has kept one goal in mind: keep learning. Even while she was teaching other stylists, she continued to study new techniques for hair, makeup, and nails. Today, the well-rounded beauty maven holds certifications in Minx nails, Framsei hair color, Bioelements skincare, and Sorme makeup. Most recently, Angela accepted a scholarship and received the status of master stylist at the Aquage Academy in Chicago, where she performed a body wrap on the Willis Tower. She proudly asserts that if she recommends a product to a client, it's only because she's researched and used it herself. To help her at Beauty Body Beyond, Angela's enlisted fellow stylists and beauty techs who perform the extremely personalized services and advanced techniques that she believes are hallmarks of a professional salon. Included among her team is Stacey, who specializes in highlights. A Color Director certificate from Framesi is a testament to her skills.
The stylists at Divine Hair Studio beautify guests with cuts, coloring, and other haircare services. Brazilian keratin treatments infuse locks with keratin, creating healthier, sleeker styles that are devoid of frizz and won’t remind retired cowboys of the tumbleweeds they miss seeing so much. In addition to haircare, the stylists also pamper guests with mani-pedis, facials, massages, and eyelash and brow tinting.