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.
Comfort Zone Salon offers a diverse range of hair services including styling, coloring, bonding, and weaving. To complement new haircuts, stylists add touchups or all-over color using products by Joico and Framesi. They also craft bonded or sewn-in weaves from synthetic and human hair and twirl natural or supplementary strands into fashionable braids. To help clients attain more manageable manes, the salon offers chemical hair straightening and keratin smoothing treatments, which help relax hair that is overly frizzy or just over-caffeinated. Eyebrow shaping and makeup services round out the beautifying menu, and the salon also offers its services for bridal parties and other special occasions.
A chic spot just for guys, Take 5 invites gentlemen to sit back and crack open a cold one while the stylists make them look dapper. To that end, the stylists snip sharp cuts, lather up faces for straight-razor shaves, or incite relaxation during scalp massages. Guys can opt in for monthly memberships, which include multiple haircut and shave visits with hot-towel treatments, mini-manicures, and mustache and beard trims, all enhanced by complimentary snacks and drinks. And while guys wait, they can entertain themselves with the free WiFi or Xbox, instead just counting each hair on their head.
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.
Deborah Daquila doesn't simply highlight hair: she painstakingly paints each hair by hand. After learning the hand-painting technique, or balayage, while studying in France, and gathering new skills in salons in New York, Toronto, and other cosmopolitan cities, Daquila opened her namesake hair color studio. In her new Pittsburgh space, Daquila and her technicians emulate natural, sun-kissed highlights and create hairdos that are easy for clients to recreate at home.
At New York Salon & Spa, hairstylists tend to tresses amid sleek, white decor accented by light hardwood floors and other modern design touches. They create new looks for guests that range from basic haircuts to formal updos or highlights.