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Offering everything from Botox and Juv?derm to mani-pedis and spray tans, the staff at Pampered Peacock Spa and Boutique makes each client?s beauty and relaxation needs a top priority. Hair services include cuts, color, and keratin treatments. Spa packages combine services such as a soothing Swedish massage and mani-pedi or full-body exfoliation followed by a spray tan. For the young ones?girls between the ages of 3 and 12?the staff can prettify fingers or toes during fun spa parties, and also performs facials or creates envious peacock hairdos.

1 Alpha Drive E
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Sunlight filters in through gauzy curtains at this clean, uncluttered salon, where patrons can glimpse a portrait of Audrey Hepburn looking coquettishly over her shoulder. Her glance falls on a team of stylists as they bring form and a subtle sparkle to tresses with cuts and highlights.

2905 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw,
PA
US

Audrey's Hair Studio's stylists' portfolio of work is a colorful one. Rainbow and solid violet stripes woven into hair, eyelids shaded with funky pink, green, and yellow hues—it all converges in one spread of trendy, fun looks. But that doesn't mean the stylists lack the skills to appease a traditionalist. Their salon services include cutting and styling, coloring and highlighting, and perming and straightening—plus waxing, mani-pedis, and makeup application.

723 Brinton Ave
Pitcairn,
PA
US

Face, Skin & Body's waxing experts uproot unwanted follicles with precision and a gentle, personalized touch. Clients can choose to free their bikini area of clingy body hairs or bid adieu to upper-lip fuzz and happily arch a pair of perfectly shaped eyebrows. Waxing banishes follicles from the skin for longer lengths of time than shaving, allowing razors to return to their original role as manual lawnmowers.

3185 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Hair Relaxers: Breaking Nature's Bonds

Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon?s introduction.

Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that?s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.

When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you?re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.

The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye?s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.

1521 Superior Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Signature Service: Hair and makeup

Brands Used: Wella, Chi, Kenra, and AG

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with the Manager

The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?

Good listening skills and the ability to follow directions are two qualities a stylist must have. Each customer is different, and to make sure the customer is happy, a stylist has to understand what the client wants. Building a good connection helps the stylist reflect the customer's personality.

1213 E Carson St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US