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.
Assign your face to the friendly sheath shepherds at Details Salon Spa for the corrective facial, a 60-minute customized landscaping that restores your visage to its natural vitality. Recline and unwind as an expert aesthetician analyzes each of the frontispiece's contours before carefully treating your pores. An exfoliation discharges dead skin cells like excess sandbags from a hot air balloon, enabling your face to freely float away into a blissful kingdom of clouds. A soothing hot-stone facial massage and scalp kneading will shake off lingering tensions. Afterward, the application of a fine-tuned custom mask––with refreshing ingredients that don't include Tupperware powder––seals the freshness and fitness of your face for prolonged radiance.
Skin specialists at Hair By Borga and The Spa at Borga's analyze individual skin types to customize a premicrodermabrasion cleanse using Jan Marini products. Hot towels brush away the cleanser and open pores to facilitate thorough exfoliation by a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand. Technicians focus on fine lines, enlarged pores, and dark spots during the microdermabrasion treatment, which smoothens skin and evens its tone by uncovering healthy skin cells. After the procedure, Jan Marini glycolic resurfacing gel continues the exfoliation celebration, reducing the appearance of minor scars, hyperpigmentation, and vampire love bites. A custom mask drenches faces in moisture before an application of Jan Marini lotion with added sun block preps them for return to the outside world.
After mitts emerge from a mineral-packed paraffin dip, the seasoned digit decorators at London Styling Shoppe and Spa trims, shapes, and buffs nails to prepare them for a smoothly layered lacquer. Patrons snuggle into heated, massaging pedicure chairs while soaking tootsies in a warm bath before they marinate in a moisturizing mask. Cuticles then yield to the touch of the technicians, who ensure that keratin canvases are prepared for tiny portraits of Harriet Beecher Stowe stenciled in bright hues.
With more than a decade of experience, local hairstylist Megan Sharek huddled an experienced team of other style superheroes to join her beauty lair, called Megan’s Loft…a hair and nail studio. Since her salon’s doors swung open, the team has honed a range of services, including tress-transforming techniques from haircuts for women, men, and children to foil highlights and special-occasion updos. Facial-waxing services further spruce up appearances, whereas customized mani-pedis make fingers pretty enough to shake hands with a scrutinizing American bald eagle. Nail services treat fingers and toes to a soak, massage, and paraffin treatment before crowning them in coat of traditional polish, long-lasting Shellac, or acrylic tips.
Audrey's Hair Studio's stylists' portfolio of work is a colorful one. Rainbow and solid violet stripes woven into hair, eyelids shaded with funky pink, green, and yellow hues—it all converges in one spread of trendy, fun looks. But that doesn't mean the stylists lack the skills to appease a traditionalist. Their salon services include cutting and styling, coloring and highlighting, and perming and straightening—plus waxing, mani-pedis, and makeup application.