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.
Boagie and Bachall Spa on Vanadium's pampering staff recently doubled their digs, adding a full roster of spa services to their quarter-century history of hair expertise. While mouths sip a choice of beer, wine, mimosa, or soft drink, bodies will drink in roughly 90 minutes of relaxing spa treatments, escaping the stresses of the grueling workweek and confusing mad libs of the weekend. The 30-minute facial grants visages a merrier manner, swabbing everyday dirt and oil from the skin before applying treatments that exfoliate, tone, and hydrate facial tissue. Next, a relaxing 30-minute massage slackens sinews and tricks tension out of the body with the promise of awkward family gatherings just down the block. Hands and feet can crawl into an exfoliating paraffin bath and complete their transformation into silky appendages via a hydrating lotion massage and warming mittens. Finally, a stylist will enliven lackluster locks by offering the 'do of their choice, returning you to the outside world appearing polished while feeling as elastic as a bag of gummy worms.
Ryan C. Graham boasts a background in graphic design and fine arts, imbuing him with a uniquely creative approach to the art of barbering. At Michael B’s Gentlemen’s Barber Shop, he and his fellow barbers groom men with lavish services that include straight-razor shaves, meticulous styling, and treatment with scented, steamed towels.
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 junior- and senior-level 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.
The staff at Persona Hair & Spa hopes that their beauty services help clients outwardly express their personalities. Their services literally span from head-to-toe, with stylists clipping haircuts and painting on highlights and nail technicians sprucing tootsies with polish. They also perform waxing services, hair extensions, manicures, deep-conditioning treatments, and Brazilian Blowouts, which leave frizzy hair smoother, shinier, and more manageable.
Salon Cristianna's nimble-fingered staff cultivates happy hair with brand-name products such as TIGI, Framesi, and Paul Mitchell. During a European haircut, swift scissors make short work of unwanted head stalks, leaving only the most attractive strands ($15–$25). Customers can reward their hair for its loyalty by offering it coloring services, such as a single-process hair coloring ($60) or full-head foils ($99). For model weddings, Salon Cristianna performs bridal stylings ($55), and harnesses the elemental power of wind to complete styles with a quick blow-dry ($17). In addition to hair services, the salon also pampers natural nails with mani-pedis ($49.95).