It’s too bad that nails aren’t actually edible, because the pink and purple designs on display at South Side Nail Candy look positively delicious. The salon’s new location sets a relaxing tone with its plush princess pedicure thrones, which nicely counterbalance the feisty leopard and cheetah prints that accent the front room’s décor. More than just a place for mani-pedis, South Side Nail Candy also offers airbrush spray tans that infuse skin with UV-free color and waxing services that swiftly remove hair or turn the body into a giant, wickless candle.
The decor at The Nailery is simple. Cushy red chairs tuck into manicure stations positioned before mirrors, and sand-colored walls stand elegantly bare, save for a shelf full of vibrant nail polish and a single decoration—a 2012 Reader’s Choice award from Trib Total Media. The hardware speaks to The Nailery’s excellence in service, as its team of licensed technicians grooms, shapes, and paints fingernails and toenails with top products from CND, Essie, and even no-chip gels by OPI. Clients can stop in for a quick and simple manicure, or sink into a cushy pedicure chair for a foot rub that’s more relaxing than knitting a scarf while taking a hot shower.
Deemed one of the city?s best salons in 2010 by the Pittsburgh City Paper, Dean of Shadyside has been beautifying clientele since its founding in 1984. Its stylists focus on hospitality and guarantee all their services, which include everything from a basic blow dry to feather extensions and three levels of highlights. Nail techs perform four types of manicures and three pedicures for everyday occasions or as part of packages for bridal parties. In a private office, staff experts also consult clients on hair loss and offer them wig-fashion services or attach extensions for more voluminous looks.
At Phalanges Unlimited, the decor strikes a balance between charm and chic. A wall-to-wall, monochromatic portrait of a woman greets guests in the reception area, her fierce gaze surrounded by curled hair and bejeweled earrings. It's a striking image, offset by numerous blackboards that adorn the walls with quirky quotations and service prices.
Licensed and certified technician Cherie Dercqu oversees the venue with expertise that is as varied as the salon's design. Having been in the beauty industry for more than 20 years, she administers nail and cosmetic treatments with meticulous care. Natural-nail specialist Tina Costello performs pampering mani-pedis, and her acrylics artfully enhance hands and feet. Cherie also applies permanent makeup to lips, eyebrows, and eyelids, canceling out the hassle of putting on eyeliner or wearing sunglasses at night when you forget. Her other services include eyelash extensions, ear candling, and formal makeup sessions.
They've been in business for 23 years, and all that experience means the staff at Oliverio Hair & Nails has their job down to a creative science. After years of calibrating just the right techniques, the team of hairstylists and nail technicians can spend ample attention on each client during their appointments, which can range from mani-pedis that leave skin soft and nails bright, to waxing services that define features by shaping brows or removing unwanted fuzz from arms and legs, or face-framing haircuts furnished with eco-friendly Aveda hair products that work with a variety of hair styles.
Every so often, a client enters Attitude Styles for a haircut, only to end up in a police car. And they smile the whole time. That’s because the police car is actually a tot-sized salon chair where tykes can lounge while friendly stylists trim their hair. In addition to children’s haircuts, the team creates trendy cuts and updos for adults and soothes skin with facials, manicures, pedicures, and paraffin treatments. Tykes and teens also can attend one of Attitude Styles’ classes or parties to learn new braiding, feathering, and updo techniques.