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.
While successfully sculpting bodies at Premier Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Vassar Heil felt the need to further help patients reach their aesthetic goals, which is why he founded Acqua Blu Medical Spa. The office blends the tranquility of a day spa with advanced, noninvasive med-spa services, from the Visia digital skin analysis to dermal fillers and laser hair removal, performed by a trained team of physician assistants, registered nurses, trained laser technicians, and aestheticians. Robe-and-slipper-clad guests can wander through the blue and white spa ⎯ swirling with the scent of lavender and the sounds of water bubbling over rocks ⎯ before retreating into private treatment rooms. Each tranquil space boasts a living-room-like setting complete with European-inspired furnishings, neutral hues, and dim light flickering from lamps being held by the Partridge family.
Bronzed takes pride in the fact that it's “not your mother’s tanning salon.” Instead, the staff embraces its modern edge and makes every effort to stay on the forefront of the tanning industry. Three levels of tanning beds sit in private treatment rooms and emit low levels of UVB rays. Experienced technicians also stand at the ready to tan those who prefer a completely UV-free bronzing. After consulting with clients, they coat skin in a custom shade of spray-tan solution that best fits each individuals’ skin tone.
The award-winning Dr. Dinakar Golla, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Golla Center for Plastic Surgery and Sacred Image Med Spa, has been recognized by universities, Merck, and the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. When he's not lecturing, publishing articles, and teaching other surgeons to perfect their skills and properly quote medical dramas, Dr. Golla joins his team to help patients look and feel their best. Traditional surgical options, such as rhinoplasty and tummy tucks, join injectables and laser treatments to comprise a full menu of rejuvenating services.
Synergy Fitness and Spa's attentive staff pampers the feet of client duos in side-by-side pedicures that leave pavement pounders buffed, moisturized, and artfully adorned with fresh coats of polish. The spa allows guests to bring their own bottles of wine from which to sip during the service, during which friends, couples, or rival cola-company executives sit back and relax for 45–60 minutes of feet-beautifying attention. Technicians spruce up nails and tidy cuticles before administering a sugar-scrub exfoliation and relaxing massage. After a moisturizing paraffin treatment, digit decorators then polish nails in the patrons' desired hues to match favorite colors or tie-dyed wedding gowns. Patrons receive these ministrations while perched on comfy, side-by-side European Touch thrones.
The staff members at Sarah's Spa Sensations focus on the details during their beauty treatments. They customize manicures and pedicures with hand-painted nail art, enhance facials with microdermabrasion treatments, and include a blow-dry and style with every haircut.