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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.

3075 Old Clairton Rd
Clairton,
PA
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Pittsburgh Ladies Fest has something for everyone?among a slew of activites, there are makeovers and facials, shopping and seminars, a fashion runway and food samples from chefs. And all the fun is not without a purpose. The exposition's goal is to emphasize how important it is for women to take time for themselves, tend to their bodies, and live a healthy lifestyle. Visitors can meet with health professionals for advice on aging or caring for families, and they can attend seminars in finance, home decor, and other topics that enrich lives and fill brains with juicy knowledge.

2604 Ridge Road
Finleyville,
PA
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Avanti offers a cornucopia of facial services, including the half-hour medical mini facial, which cleanses, steams, and massages your skull-sheath before applying a therapeutic mask tailored to your skin type. The treatment costs $75 by itself, but only $45 if you combine it with another service such as the microdermabrasion ($125), a skin-freshening technique that gently sandblasts the skin with tiny crystals before sucking up the fallen enemy cells with a vacuum. A few microdermabrasion treatments will help facial skin recover from the sun's savage Pesci-like pummeling—staving off the effects of aging in the process by removing fine lines and unwanted pigmentation.

575 Coal Valley Road
Jefferson Hills,
PA
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Techie Wayne's interest in problem solving started a long time ago. His experience includes 20 years as a troubleshooter in the plastics industry, and he has been tinkering computers since 2001. Today, he spends his days homeschooling his son and his nights fixing computers. His company's services cover everything from screen replacement and virus removal to tune-ups and data recovery. He works on laptops and can even build custom computers from scratch. Taking pride in his straightforward approach, he charges by the job instead of hourly and only charges $10 for his time should the client decide not to go through with repairs.

1883 Village Green Drive
Jefferson Hills,
PA
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At Cell Phones and More, clients browse phones and accessories from carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Boost, Cricket, and Virgin Mobile. Onsite technicians can reignite the healthy glow of a damaged smartphone screen or rekindle connections between computers and the Internet. Staffers can unlock phones, allowing devices to switch carriers without losing functionality or running away from home in search of their old signals. The shop also buys gently used cell phones and dishes out servings of prepaid minutes.

526 N State St.
Clairton,
PA
US

Nearly two decades ago, a group of 14 religious communities founded Sisters Place, Inc. to provide housing and support services to single-parent families. To ensure the families settled into a larger community, the organization purchased 16 apartments in the 450-unit Century Townhomes complex. Today, Sisters Place works to empower 32 families to escape the cycle of poverty by completing education and securing employment. After receiving a recommendation from a social-service agency, families who have been victims of abuse, lived with a mental illness, or struggled with addiction can move into housing and take part in support programs. Single parents with physical or mental disabilities or substance-abuse issues can live in permanent housing, whereas young parents between the ages of 18 and 35 can live in rent-assisted housing for up to two years. While in the housing, families benefit from support services including childcare, transportation, cultural opportunities, and case management to get them on the path to self-sufficiency.

418 Mitchell Avenue
Clairton,
PA
US