While some spas claim to be relaxing, Spa Jema goes above and beyond, aiming to become a tranquil urban oasis for its clients. Sleek hardwood floors fill the 5,000-square-foot space, through the lounge and treatment rooms equipped with brick fireplaces, candles, and couches, which give off a homey vibe not unlike that of grandma’s Ouija board. Their services augment the calming atmosphere and include fruit-filled facials, deep-tissue massages, and pampering spa packages.
Equal parts salon, spa, and fitness center, Studio G boasts a seasoned staff that applies its expertise to make clients look and feel great. Spa treatments such as mud wraps, facials, and massages refresh bodies and provide relaxation. Coiffures undergo similar rejuvenation, despite the fact that hair has no feelings, during salon sessions. Studio G's personal trainer Lisa Saunders helps bodies to release endorphins through focused exercises, and the on-site steam and dry saunas aid in stationary sweat quests.
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.
NeüSmile’s bread-and-butter cosmetic service is its express teeth-whitening system. The system uses cold-light technology to help whiten teeth in less than 30 minutes, and clients administer the treatment themselves, allowing them to prep for family photos, special events, or attempts to draw the attention of aloof ivory hunters. NeüSmile broadens its aesthetic scope to eyeballs with Lavish Lashes, an associate business that specializes in eyelash extensions. Certified professionals attach synthetic lashes to eyelids, enhancing natural lashes for up to six weeks.
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.
Salon Beleza's stylists and aestheticians make beauty treatments interactive, allowing in-depth consultations to guide each appointment. In doing so, they make clients feel comfortable and confident. The beauty specialists perform standard salon services for hair, skin, and nails, as well as modern treatments such as airbrush spray tans. Aestheticians improve complexions with six types of facials, complementing these treatments with eyelash tints that eliminate the need to apply mascara or tickle squids.