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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EsSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare and eDryBar.com
Aspinwall: 17 Brilliant Ave.
As a child growing up in Hungary, regular facials were part of the norm for Eva Kerschbaumer.
“In Europe, it was something that we just did. We would never not do facials, no matter what kind of background you had, or what could you afford,” she says. “It’s a regular grooming thing, like brushing your teeth.”
Kerschbaumer, who co-owns EsSpa Kozmetika in Aspinwall with her husband, Scott Kerschbaumer, still believes in the power of regular skin and body maintenance. And, in her own words, she can give a “kick-ass” facial.
Opened in 2002, her long-running day spa, which resembles an old world European village, offers facials, body massages, wraps, waxing, manicures, pedicures, lash extensions and a variety of other services in a luxury environment.
The spa also is one of the only locations in the country to have an “oil bar” featuring cold-pressed and essential oils that can be used for customized treatments and product creation, according to Scott Kerschbaumer. In 2015, EsSpa expanded to open the eDry Brow & Blowdry Bar, which also does haircuts, color, extensions and more.
The spa recently began offering microblading and DermaPlaning, which uses a straight razor to scrape off layers of dead skin and facial hair.
Environmentally friendly long before it became hip, EsSpa is one of the 12 “founding-seed spas” of the Green Spa Network, a consortium of spas committed to “green” practices.