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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.

3075 Old Clairton Rd
Clairton,
PA
US

Top-shelf products by Aveda, Kevin Murphy, and Baco line the shelves at Cristo Bello Spa Salon and Gifts, where beauty experts cosset their clients with an array of services. Experienced hairstylists spin around cushy black styling chairs in the salon, ribboning hair with full-foil highlights and freeing men, women, and children from pesky split-ends and lengths that present choking threats. They dole out helpings of the Brazilian-blowout treatment to transform frizzy strands into smooth and shiny locks, or put a hint of bounce into stick-straight strands with spiral texturizing. Nail technicians work close by, shaping and polishing nails and enveloping skin with hot stones.

Guests can escape the chatter and noisy blow dryers by retreating to the spa for a massage or facial. Licensed massage therapists push stress aside with Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu massages, while clients sip on herbal tea or wine. Meanwhile, aestheticians call upon Aveda and Dr. Alkatis Organic Skin Care products to cleanse and clarify skin. They use the soy-based Nufree system to remove hair from the face and body without the irritation or bee trail of traditional waxes, and create a natural-looking tan in minutes with Norvel organic spray-tanning solutions.

8775 Norwin Ave
Irwin,
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.
Shadyside,
PA
US

Laser Hair & Skin Center of Monroeville's experienced staff specializes in noninvasive med-spa services that have earned multiple awards, including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Readers' Choice Awards Gold and Silver honors. Staff members attend routine seminars to keep their skills sharp, staying ready to perform the latest skin rejuvenation and hair-removal techniques. Among their arsenal of beautifying treatments, staff members can harness LED lights to boost collagen with photomodulation procedures, minimize blemishes with organic Hylunia facials, and remove unwanted hair without burning it off during a round of fire limbo.

111 Whitehead Ln
Monroeville,
PA
US

From the outside, Resolutions Med Spa has the look of a rural country house––a quality that continues inside to its pastel-hued walls, wood accents, and plush, high-backed pedicure sofas. Amid these cozy accents, guests may partake in a mélange of beautification services, ranging from microdermabrasion and chemical peels to waxing and makeup consultations. The spa also employs a licensed massage therapist who can ease chronic tension with hot-stone therapy and restorative deep-tissue bodywork.

4713 Northern Pike
Monroeville,
PA
US

Using the Shellac treatment system, Alure's manicure mavens bestow long-lasting pigment and shine upon digits in an open and modern setting. The hypoallergenic treatment, which can last up to two colorful weeks, brandishes UV3 technology to overthrow the tyranny of chipping polish. Phalanges pampering takes up to an hour, and Shellac’s lack of dry-time frees fingers and toes to finally take up finger-sock knitting or giant-piano playing.

4528 Broadway Boulevard
Monroeville,
PA
US