Top-shelf products by Aveda, Kevin Murphy, and Baco line the shelves at Cristo Bello Spa Salon and Gifts, where beauty experts cosset their clients with an array of services. Experienced hairstylists spin around cushy black styling chairs in the salon, ribboning hair with full-foil highlights and freeing men, women, and children from pesky split-ends and lengths that present choking threats. They dole out helpings of the Brazilian-blowout treatment to transform frizzy strands into smooth and shiny locks, or put a hint of bounce into stick-straight strands with spiral texturizing. Nail technicians work close by, shaping and polishing nails and enveloping skin with hot stones.
Guests can escape the chatter and noisy blow dryers by retreating to the spa for a massage or facial. Licensed massage therapists push stress aside with Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu massages, while clients sip on herbal tea or wine. Meanwhile, aestheticians call upon Aveda and Dr. Alkatis Organic Skin Care products to cleanse and clarify skin. They use the soy-based Nufree system to remove hair from the face and body without the irritation or bee trail of traditional waxes, and create a natural-looking tan in minutes with Norvel organic spray-tanning solutions.
Featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for its hair-removal expertise, Brows R Us employs the ancient Indian technique of threading to eliminate unwanted follicular fuzz. This organic method shapes eye accents by using special cotton threads and nimble fingers to quickly remove brow bristles from their roots, leaving frontispieces as smooth and refined as a shrink-wrapped ballroom dancer ($12).
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.
With its serene studio and team of bodywork therapists and fitness instructors, Move Yoga and Fitness is a well-rounded wellness destination. Yoga and Pilates classes?available for groups or individuals?accommodate a variety of skill levels. Premium yoga classes include indoor stand-up paddleboard yoga, a class that makes use of the Indo Yoga Board, specially designed to recreate the experience of standing on a board inside a yoga studio. The board is built with four rockers on the bottom, which allow students of all experience levels to move through poses on an unstable surface, strengthening the core and improving balance. All of the yoga instructors are registered through the YogaFit school, which features a less-intimidating style of yoga that interjects traditional postures with common fitness moves such as pushups, sit-ups and squats.
NeüSmile’s bread-and-butter cosmetic service is its express teeth-whitening system. The system uses cold-light technology to help whiten teeth in less than 30 minutes, and clients administer the treatment themselves, allowing them to prep for family photos, special events, or attempts to draw the attention of aloof ivory hunters. NeüSmile broadens its aesthetic scope to eyeballs with Lavish Lashes, an associate business that specializes in eyelash extensions. Certified professionals attach synthetic lashes to eyelids, enhancing natural lashes for up to six weeks.
Returning back east after working under Robert Cromeans?the global artistic director of Paul Mitchell?in his California salon and traveling hair shows, Sergio Pampena succeeded his father as the owner and driving force behind Sergio?s Style. Sergio works closely with the stylists who call his Paul Mitchell Focus Salon home, including three who spend their spare time as national educators for Paul Mitchell. His stylists begin cuts and colorings by ushering clients to the wash house, an alcove situated behind a towering wall of falling water where muscles relish a head and neck massage as soft music trills from speakers and well-hidden carousels. While stylists work, clients can watch their hair color getting mixed at the floor?s color bar or affix eyes on a wall-mounted flat-screen television. Though Sergio?s stylists are chiefly concerned with haircare, a menu of waxing, spray-tanning, and makeup services are available to complement fresh cuts.