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It’s too bad that nails aren’t actually edible, because the pink and purple designs on display at South Side Nail Candy look positively delicious. The salon’s new location sets a relaxing tone with its plush princess pedicure thrones, which nicely counterbalance the feisty leopard and cheetah prints that accent the front room’s décor. More than just a place for mani-pedis, South Side Nail Candy also offers airbrush spray tans that infuse skin with UV-free color and waxing services that swiftly remove hair or turn the body into a giant, wickless candle.

1922 E Carson St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Signature Service: Hair and makeup

Brands Used: Wella, Chi, Kenra, and AG

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with the Manager

The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?

Good listening skills and the ability to follow directions are two qualities a stylist must have. Each customer is different, and to make sure the customer is happy, a stylist has to understand what the client wants. Building a good connection helps the stylist reflect the customer's personality.

1213 E Carson St
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

The decor at The Nailery is simple. Cushy red chairs tuck into manicure stations positioned before mirrors, and sand-colored walls stand elegantly bare, save for a shelf full of vibrant nail polish and a single decoration—a 2012 Reader’s Choice award from Trib Total Media. The hardware speaks to The Nailery’s excellence in service, as its team of licensed technicians grooms, shapes, and paints fingernails and toenails with top products from CND, Essie, and even no-chip gels by OPI. Clients can stop in for a quick and simple manicure, or sink into a cushy pedicure chair for a foot rub that’s more relaxing than knitting a scarf while taking a hot shower.

1100 Grove Rd
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Salon 22, a certified Matrix hair-color gallery, houses highly trained coiffurists who cut, color, and refashion head toppings with style-savvy grace and top-shelf products within vogue digs that sport exposed-brick walls. During the salon's signature cut and style, one of these talented stylists revamps lackluster manes, priming hair for dates, interviews, and black-tie shower-drain soirées. After scissors clear the follicular landscape of unfashionable split ends, a Total Treat conditioning procedure imparts strands with a touch-friendly smoothness. In addition to treating cranial canvases to a chic renovation, clients can opt to add a little prismatic pizzazz with a monochromatic-color package, or draw out the best assets of their follicles while protecting themselves from extraterrestrial thought control with highlight foils.

4322 Butler St
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