Beauty and the ’Burgh: 7 Spots to Go to Get Glam
No longer restricted to bigger cities, some of the latest cosmetic innovations and trends — think blowouts, microblading and lash extensions, just to name a few — are taking place in Pittsburgh’s evolving beauty scene.
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Much has been made about Pittsburgh’s food revolution. And its continually growing “Eds and Meds” sector. And, of course, its reinvention as a tech hub (Thanks Google and Uber!). But there’s another industry that’s quietly growing in Pittsburgh, one you may have begun to notice as more and more businesses dedicated to the art pop up — beauty.
“We definitely are improving,” Dallas Beauty Lounge owner Dallas Sauers says of Pittsburgh’s burgeoning beauty scene. “So many salons, not just mine, are doing cool things, stuff that Pittsburgh didn’t offer before, or that you couldn’t find unless you went to New York or L.A.”
These services include one of the hottest new beauty techniques to hit the market, microblading (semi-permanent tattooing used to enhance eyebrows), lashes (both the false variety and the lifting and tinting of the real thing), airbrush bronzing, hair blowouts and much more at places that didn’t exist a few years ago; destinations with “bar” in the title — glam bars, lash bars, dry bars, you get the picture.
Where once it was difficult to find makeup without going to a chain store, several independent retailers carrying cult labels, luxury lines or organic beauty and wellness products have found success in the area.
Gilded Girl owner Elizabeth Quesnelle, who hails from Chicago, calls it an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh’s beauty industry. Her Lawrenceville boutique, where she also offers popular makeup workshops, carries a number of independent brands that have been well received by an increasingly beauty-savvy public.
“People are more concerned about what they’re putting on their faces and the quality of the product. Is it organic and paraban free?” she says. “It’s also that the city is turning younger. There are more individuals in their 20s, 30s and 40s with more disposable income who are really interested in new products and not just mom’s Avon anymore.”
Here’s a look at some of the places making Pittsburgh more beautiful.
Dallas Beauty Lounge
Bridgeville: 609 Washington Pike #13
Dallas Beauty Lounge is so hot that at one time you needed a referral to even get in the door — but not in the way you might think.
Owner Dallas Sauers, who started painting nails at age 14, began her manicure business out of her home while still a college student. As a safety precaution, she only would see new customers if they were friends of her established clientele.
The system stuck, creating a waiting list of devoted clients clamoring for service, and today the 26-year-old entrepreneur’s business is booming.
Besides the creative nails that put Sauers on the map, Dallas Beauty Lounge offers microblading, lashes, facials and more in a glam, professional setting. In 2017, Sauers expanded her storefront to include a full-service hair studio.
“It really started with a passion,” Sauers says of growing her business. “I wanted to create a space where people liked coming, that was clean and with an educated staff."