With more than 65 years of combined experience, the stylists at Big Al’s can deftly handle a wide range of hair types. They perform stylish cuts on both men and women, and add instant length to strands with weaves and sewn-in extensions. Using fusion hair extension highlights, they provide clients with a sun-kissed look without the chemical damage.
Cheri Herold, owner of Fountain of Youth Aveda Salon Spa, wields a lifetime of beauty-industry experience to motivate her multitalented staff to exceed client expectations. Plant-based products fuel facials, massages, and hair treatments with the anti-aging properties of lavender, sandalwood, and other pure, sustainably sourced herbs and flowers. Fountain of Youth also operates a salon apprenticeship program, which provides 2,000 hours of on-the-job training to promising young cosmetologists or ambitious mannequins.
Deborah Daquila doesn't simply highlight hair: she painstakingly paints each hair by hand. After learning the hand-painting technique, or balayage, while studying in France, and gathering new skills in salons in New York, Toronto, and other cosmopolitan cities, Daquila opened her namesake hair color studio. In her new Pittsburgh space, Daquila and her technicians emulate natural, sun-kissed highlights and create hairdos that are easy for clients to recreate at home.
Picture windows peek out of the brick building that houses Salon Cercone's three sunlit stories, where stylists tint locks with Wella Color system products. On the first level, the salon’s resident nail tech pampers mitts and paws while aestheticians evict stubble from face and body using Cirepil and Nufree waxes and tools. Rustic wood floors span the second and third stories, where hair caretakers sling Wella's German-manufactured Koleston Perfect color products across freshly sheared strands to expose any chameleons living on clients' heads. The salon also equips clients with Rusk, Tigi, and Moroccan Oil products so they can maintain soft, shiny tresses at home.