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.
The skincare specialists at Sweetest Lounge shower epidermises with UV-free bronzer, red light, and vitamin-enriched liquid. To create a streak-free, sun-kissed glow, a certified spray-tan tech, armed with an Infinity Sun machine, carefully spritzs a customized solution evenly across bods. Clients can wear any amount of clothing during the airbrush session, baring all for a line-free tan, or baring only midriff for a farmer's tan. The UV-free tanning elixir nourishes the skin with a walnut-extract base, botanicals, and antioxidants that help to preserve color for 7–10 days. Patrons allergic to nuts can opt for the clear-tan option, which encases epidermises with a faux tanning solution sans the walnut base or cosmetic bronzer.
Large silver letters spelling Aveda march down a patterned wall, announcing the spa’s dedication to natural ingredients and aromatic botanicals. Multihued walls and verdant plants surround chairs as the staff performs hair coloring, nailcare, and spa treatments. The spa also offers off-site wellness coaching, proven more effective than hearing an ear-piercing whistle every time one reaches for a donut. Stylists and aestheticians stretch their hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate busy clients, who also get incentives, such as 15% off Aveda products in return for donating haircare items to charity.
Style Envy's bright red couch, festooned with zebra pillows, sets the salon's tone as stylists prepare to perform hair, waxing, and tanning services. The beauty specialists lead guests on the path to hairdo reconstruction with a menu of salon services, which includes hair-coloring treatments that restore luster to locks with Scruples products and Blazing highlights. Blazing's one-step, bleach-free process achieves up to seven levels of highlights when applied to both natural hues and color-treated hair, and the stylists use a roster of 19 shades to achieve anyone’s desired color. They can also render an artfully crafted haircut and style to form a more tasteful head ornament than a diamond-studded beer helmet, in addition to bedazzling clients' domes with colorful extensions. Style Envy's tanning beds perk up bodies below the hairline and deepen skin tone in private rooms coated with playful bubblegum-pink, sky-blue, and red hues.
Fluent in English, Pidgin Sign English, and American Sign Language, licensed therapist Patricia Imbarlina consults with her clients to determine the most suitable massage modality to ease specific aches. With 14 treatments in her repertoire, she can combine techniques such as acupressure, reiki, and aromatherapy to oust stress, boost immune function, and foster feelings of whole-body relaxation. Her services take place atop a padded massage table in private, white-walled treatment rooms with a modern, minimalistic design scheme.
At New You Wellness & Aesthetics, the staff strives to provide patients with the latest in aesthetic technology. Their services include photo rejuvenation, body-contouring lipo-light, and whole-body vibration. A range of Botox and filler products equip them to leave faces smooth and youthful looking.