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.
Comfort Zone Salon offers a diverse range of hair services including styling, coloring, bonding, and weaving. To complement new haircuts, stylists add touchups or all-over color using products by Joico and Framesi. They also craft bonded or sewn-in weaves from synthetic and human hair and twirl natural or supplementary strands into fashionable braids. To help clients attain more manageable manes, the salon offers chemical hair straightening and keratin smoothing treatments, which help relax hair that is overly frizzy or just over-caffeinated. Eyebrow shaping and makeup services round out the beautifying menu, and the salon also offers its services for bridal parties and other special occasions.
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.
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.