Birds are a perceptive species, only fluttering through open windows to help dress the most radiant humans. Achieve a more pleasant aura with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $60 toward a haircut and additional services at Izzazu International Salon, with locations in downtown Pittsburgh and in Wexford.
Walking into Izzazu is like waltzing bareheaded into a fog of charged fash-ion particles that hangs around your hair like an energizing halo. Sashay up to the salon, greet the expert staff with a friendly flip of your wig, and settle in as a cadre of specialized stylists sets to renovating antiquated coifs. Attract envious stares from passersby and low-flying pilots with an expertly delivered haircut ($38+ for women, $30+ for men), which begins with an initial consultation to establish basic architectural goals prior to a preparatory shampoo and condition. Once the stylist finishes sculpting a dreamy strand silhouette, hair will be sealed and styled with a professional blow-out service. Clients can then supplement a new cut with selections from Izzazu's comprehensive haircare menu, such as highlights ($45+) or a tendralizing perm ($85+).
Izzazu's welcoming staff asks that guests arrive 30 minutes prior to their appointment, giving the salon's savvy citizenry ample time to greet and assist all guests in the smooth transition from the chaotic, vuvuzela-blowing outside world to the spa's quiet, tranquil interior. To learn more about the staff, check out the bio pages for the downtown and Wexford locations.
Izzazu International Salon has won several Pittsburgh City Paper Best Of mentions, including a tie for second place in the Best Hair Salon contest last year. Its products were featured in the 2007 Grammy swag bags. Citysearchers give it a four-star average.
Izzazu Salon Spa Serata
Owners and principal members of the stylist team Emilio and Gino corral their decades of experience to create two distinct spaces where clients revel in personalized services. They staff more than 60 aesthetes, each of whom receives focused training on adjusting hair, skin, nail, and massage services to clients’ stated preferences and lifestyle. During and after haircuts, the team uses a house brand of products to style strands and address specific hair problems such as color fading, excessive oil, or naturally occurring pipe cleaners. During facials, the aestheticians home in on what lies below bangs by cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing skin, and tension dissipates during therapists' restful massage sessions. The downtown Pittsburgh location also plays host to an elegant serata—a private, chandelier-lit escape where bridal parties can enjoy ultimate relaxation before addressing the fact that their friend is marrying a panda bear.