Large silver letters spelling Aveda march down a patterned wall, announcing the spa’s dedication to natural ingredients and aromatic botanicals. Multihued walls and verdant plants surround chairs as the staff performs hair coloring, nailcare, and spa treatments. The spa also offers off-site wellness coaching, proven more effective than hearing an ear-piercing whistle every time one reaches for a donut. Stylists and aestheticians stretch their hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate busy clients, who also get incentives, such as 15% off Aveda products in return for donating haircare items to charity.
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.
At Moyé Hair Etc!, owner Stephanie Moye uses her 17 years of cosmetology experience to keep clients looking chic from head to toenail. Drag two sets of scraggly digits into this homey, laid-back salon to have them buffed, filed, and shaped into the elegant appendage ends they were always born to be. While feet soak in a steamy footbath, pedicurists scrub away the miles from heels with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub and moisturizing oil, leaving each ped as soft and supple as a pair of leather pants filled with marshmallow fluff. A pigmented polishing with CND lacquer finishes off the tensomes' transformation, sending feet and hands back into the world ready to sport summer sandals and fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
Offering everything from Botox and Juv?derm to mani-pedis and spray tans, the staff at Pampered Peacock Spa and Boutique makes each client?s beauty and relaxation needs a top priority. Hair services include cuts, color, and keratin treatments. Spa packages combine services such as a soothing Swedish massage and mani-pedi or full-body exfoliation followed by a spray tan. For the young ones?girls between the ages of 3 and 12?the staff can prettify fingers or toes during fun spa parties, and also performs facials or creates envious peacock hairdos.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
At Laser & Rejuvenation Center of Pittsburgh, a two-person staff performs a sprawling menu of nonsurgical skincare services, a feat that speaks to each specialist's multifaceted talents. Under the medical direction of Dr. Lawrence C. Biskin, the center firms up faces with Botox and Dysport injections, expels veins with sclerotherapy, and reduces the appearance of acne, fine lines, and indentations from kissing baseball cleats with Fraxel laser resurfacing. The comfortable center prides itself on discreet, professional care, and carries pharmaceutical-grade SkinCeuticals products to help patients maintain their supple skin at home.