Waxing in Friendship

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East Side Laser Center's owner, Bridget Miller, keeps current with skin-perfecting techniques and technologies and has compiled a collection of services that employs lasers, peels, microdermabrasion, and intense pulsed light. Bridget's lasers excise the body of unwanted accouterments such as hair or a tattooed map of the place you used to hide your Junior Mints. Photofacials and peels reduce age-related blemishes such as wrinkles and age spots and inspire skin to regenerate in a younger-looking incarnation.

5750 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The sugar in Sugar Wax Studio's name doesn't just allude to one of its speciality services: the spa also features a fully stocked candy bar. This bar, a soundtrack of calming music, and a chic interior with black-and-white-striped walls, are just some of the touches meant to put clients at ease. Each new visitor is assigned to one of Sugar Wax's team members, who may lead them to a modern styling station for a professional makeup application or eyebrow-contouring session. Other aestheticians buff away unwanted hair during standard and sugar waxes.

5506 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

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.

5815 Ellsworth Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

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.

5850 Ellsworth Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

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.

5404 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

They've been in business for 23 years, and all that experience means the staff at Oliverio Hair & Nails has their job down to a creative science. After years of calibrating just the right techniques, the team of hairstylists and nail technicians can spend ample attention on each client during their appointments, which can range from mani-pedis that leave skin soft and nails bright, to waxing services that define features by shaping brows or removing unwanted fuzz from arms and legs, or face-framing haircuts furnished with eco-friendly Aveda hair products that work with a variety of hair styles.

201 S Craig St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US