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Face, Skin & Body's waxing experts uproot unwanted follicles with precision and a gentle, personalized touch. Clients can choose to free their bikini area of clingy body hairs or bid adieu to upper-lip fuzz and happily arch a pair of perfectly shaped eyebrows. Waxing banishes follicles from the skin for longer lengths of time than shaving, allowing razors to return to their original role as manual lawnmowers.

3185 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Hair Relaxers: Breaking Nature's Bonds

Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon?s introduction.

Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that?s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.

When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you?re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.

The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye?s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.

1521 Superior Ave
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

Jennifer Scampone helms her styling chair with the authority of a veteran stylist, but she approaches each hairstyle with the flexibility of an artist. Her technical chops and fashion savvy can be traced back to the 12 years she’s spent in the beauty industry. Jennifer specializes in curly hair, but her talents transcend any one style. She answers her clients’ requests with professional and artistic instinct, creating a look that complements each client’s personal style like a kazoo complements a gym teacher’s descent into madness. Working inside Stephanie’s Hairstyling, Jennifer and her colleagues use Rusk products during all their hair services, and also offer nailcare and waxing.

100 Boyce Park Dr
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

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.

333 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Sunlight filters in through gauzy curtains at this clean, uncluttered salon, where patrons can glimpse a portrait of Audrey Hepburn looking coquettishly over her shoulder. Her glance falls on a team of stylists as they bring form and a subtle sparkle to tresses with cuts and highlights.

2905 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw,
PA
US