Bronzed takes pride in the fact that it's “not your mother’s tanning salon.” Instead, the staff embraces its modern edge and makes every effort to stay on the forefront of the tanning industry. Three levels of tanning beds sit in private treatment rooms and emit low levels of UVB rays. Experienced technicians also stand at the ready to tan those who prefer a completely UV-free bronzing. After consulting with clients, they coat skin in a custom shade of spray-tan solution that best fits each individuals’ skin tone.
While successfully sculpting bodies at Premier Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Vassar Heil felt the need to further help patients reach their aesthetic goals, which is why he founded Acqua Blu Medical Spa. The office blends the tranquility of a day spa with advanced, noninvasive med-spa services, from the Visia digital skin analysis to dermal fillers and laser hair removal, performed by a trained team of physician assistants, registered nurses, trained laser technicians, and aestheticians. Robe-and-slipper-clad guests can wander through the blue and white spa ⎯ swirling with the scent of lavender and the sounds of water bubbling over rocks ⎯ before retreating into private treatment rooms. Each tranquil space boasts a living-room-like setting complete with European-inspired furnishings, neutral hues, and dim light flickering from lamps being held by the Partridge family.
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.
At Chaney's Natural, revitalizing the body is about more than muscle manipulation. Of course, the massage team commands an array of hands-on modalities designed to ease pain and promote relaxation, including Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and even energy-based reiki sessions. But the studio goes beyond outer relaxation by offering nutritional counseling services and mind-centering activities such as yoga classes, drum circles, and posing really hard riddles. Chaney's spans two locations and its Monongahela office is completely handicap-accessible, down to its wheelchair-friendly hydraulic massage bed.
The Tanning Factory preps guests for sunny jaunts on the beach with tanning beds, spray tans, and waxing services, performed by a licensed aesthetician. The staff applies spray tans by hand to ensure an even color, and an array of beds tailor tans to specific shades with varied bulb counts and wattage levels.
The team of instructors at Glow Fitness Studio lead muscle-toning and calorie-burning yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes. The studio’s hot-yoga workouts make use of 100-degree temperatures to encourage deeper stretches and detoxifying perspiration. Instructors in all of the scheduled classes accommodate students of any fitness level by suggesting slightly modified techniques throughout their workouts to ease beginners into new routines and make moves more challenging for experienced students.
Aside from enhancing muscle tone, the studio also enhances the appearance of skin through custom spray-tanning services, event make-up applications, and red-light therapy, which promotes collagen production to tighten skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help reverse sun damage.
Salon Beleza's stylists and aestheticians make beauty treatments interactive, allowing in-depth consultations to guide each appointment. In doing so, they make clients feel comfortable and confident. The beauty specialists perform standard salon services for hair, skin, and nails, as well as modern treatments such as airbrush spray tans. Aestheticians improve complexions with six types of facials, complementing these treatments with eyelash tints that eliminate the need to apply mascara or tickle squids.