Sybil Schafer, the eponymous stylist and owner of Sybil Salon & Spa, leads a team of stylists with her years of experience as a hair-color specialist. She and her team deftly trim down overreaching strands of wild manes, shampooing, styling, conditioning, and adding color with partial or full highlights. Spa services?including manicures, pedicures, hair-removal treatments, and facials?are also available.
Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa is more than just a beauty haven—it's a family legacy. The late founder, Bruce Capristo, started styling hair at the age of 19. He owned and operated many successful salons in the Pittsburgh area beginning in the 1960s, including his flagship site—Capristo International—where he worked alongside his wife, Cheech. Bruce established a strong reputation while working in fashion, film, and television; he even styled hair on the set of the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead.
The location that Bruce opened on Ellsworth Avenue has now been going strong for more than 25 years. When Bruce passed away in 2006, his son Roman—a master stylist who trained with the likes of Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble—took over the business, continuing his father's dream. And although she no longer works as an aesthetician and stylist, you might still see Cheech helping out behind the scenes.
The laid-back atmosphere at the salon and spa keeps both clients and staffers happy; in fact, some of the stylists have been with the company since the very beginning. The crew hands out complimentary martinis on Wednesday evenings, pampering guests with custom facials and body wraps. In a private spa-party room filled with padded chairs and sheer drapery, the beauty experts ply brides-to-be or birthday girls with complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
Deemed one of the city?s best salons in 2010 by the Pittsburgh City Paper, Dean of Shadyside has been beautifying clientele since its founding in 1984. Its stylists focus on hospitality and guarantee all their services, which include everything from a basic blow dry to feather extensions and three levels of highlights. Nail techs perform four types of manicures and three pedicures for everyday occasions or as part of packages for bridal parties. In a private office, staff experts also consult clients on hair loss and offer them wig-fashion services or attach extensions for more voluminous looks.
Picture windows peek out of the brick building that houses Salon Cercone's three sunlit stories, where stylists tint locks with Wella Color system products. On the first level, the salon’s resident nail tech pampers mitts and paws while aestheticians evict stubble from face and body using Cirepil and Nufree waxes and tools. Rustic wood floors span the second and third stories, where hair caretakers sling Wella's German-manufactured Koleston Perfect color products across freshly sheared strands to expose any chameleons living on clients' heads. The salon also equips clients with Rusk, Tigi, and Moroccan Oil products so they can maintain soft, shiny tresses at home.
Evolve Wellness Spa's licensed staff of aestheticians helps flagging physiques replenish their pep with an array of holistic services. Begin a revitalizing afternoon with the Primal Relaxation massage ($70), marked by rhythmic strokes with light-to-medium pressure designed to roll over muscle groups, whisk away worries, and expel lingering fears of cattle-robbing chupacabras. Once the body goes limp from hip to neck, Evolve Wellness Spa's resident staffers then apply a barrage of natural and organic skincare products to the face, all in an effort to balance and purify the smooth epidermal surface ($80).
Glam Salon's highly trained staff offers bold beauty seekers a variety of salon, nail, and waxing services for enchanting, Mothra-like top-to-toe transformations. Salon services include haircuts ($35+ for women), partial highlights ($65+), and glazes ($25), ideal for injecting vibrancy into dull, depressed locks that have lost interest in old hobbies. Coddle cuticles and make amends for previous pinky transgressions with a manicure ($20), or reward feet for selflessly standing up to the rude and abrasive ground with a pedicure ($50). Rotini-topped mops looking to banish frizz and abbreviate morning prep can nab a Brazilian blowout ($300+), a super-nutrient complex that smoothes and conditions fork-tongued locks without damaging chemicals or treacherous mirrored shields.