When Lisa Lojas-Waryanka hunted for real estate to transform into her own salon, she wanted more than just a convenient location. She wanted a space that would pluck visitors out of the everyday and cradle them in a world of relaxation, adorned by billowy red curtains framing ample sunlight, potted plants sitting atop Roman columns, and mirrors wrapped in antique-style mouldings. After making her vision a reality, Lojas-Waryanka—whose aesthetic education ranges from advanced study at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy to training in Alexandria Body Sugaring—set forth to build a top-notch team whose collective high standards have since earned the salon Redken certifications in hairstyling, haircare, coloring, men's hair, and the Redken chemistry system. Salon Boutique's services also include waxing, body sugaring, and mani-pedis performed with Qtica Smart Spa products and a choice from more than 200 Zoya polishes free of harsh ingredients such as formaldehyde and smelted brass.
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.
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.
Inside the spacious, sun-filled salon—lined with mirrored styling stations and wrought-iron racks filled with bright nail-polish bottles—nail technicians and stylists beautify their clients. Pink and white flowers bloom in the sitting area, where red chairs and candelabra cloak waiting patrons in comfort.