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The Best Hair Salons in Pittsburgh

In a hair rut? The best hair salons in Pittsburgh will help your hair get its swagger back

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Okay, Pittsburgh ladies -- let's talk hair. All any gal wants is to find that perfect salon, where the stylists are superhuman, the vibe is relaxed, and a decent haircut costs no more than the price of nose bleed seats at a Thursday night Steelers game. Finding a gem amidst the countless salons around the 'Burgh can be tough. But never fear! We've combed through Yelp reviews, sifted through the Yellow Pages, consulted locals, and the verdict is in -- here, find your ultimate roundup of the best hair salons in Pittsburgh. Whether you're lost in a sea of snooze-worthy stylists or under a head of untamable curls, don't miss this list of Pittsburgh's best-kept secrets in hair care.

1. Shadyside -- Dante Salon

Owner Cory Nelson set up this simple, sleek shop in 2010, and has since established a devoted clientele of Pittsburghers -- dudes included. Dante's small team of fresh, young staffers will make you feel completely at home, whether you're stopping in for a basic blowout or full head of highlights. The cherry on top? You can choose your stylist based on industry experience -- cut and style from a top-level stylist will cost you $43+ (for women), but the same service from a first-level stylist is a total steal at $29.

Address: 5828 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-404-7673
Insider Tip: Only clients receiving color treatments are eligible for free validated parking across the street. So, you might want to spring for some highlights if you want Dante's full VIP experience.

2. Shadyside -- MCN Salon
If MCN's ultra-chic decor or stellar views aren't impressive enough, the array of specialty services makes this salon a shoe-in for our short list. MCN's well-trained stylists specialize in curly hair treatments; so if you're a soldier in the fight against frizz, this Shadyside suite is the spot for you. Relaxing treatments, curl enhancement, and permanent straightening are just a few highlights from MCN's menu of expert hair therapies. Color services and special occasion styles are also available for hair textures, one and all.

Address: 5932 Penn Cir S, Suite B301 Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 412-441-5151
Insider Tip: MCN has a fairly extensive roster of stylists with all different levels of experience (the salon labels them Junior, Senior, Master, or Proprietor). Call the shop for a recommendation, based on your budget and hair needs.

3. Lawrenceville -- Pageboy Salon and Boutique
This cozy and alternative Lawrenceville locale looks like the apartment you wish you had in your twenties. The exposed brick-laden studio is staffed with a quartet of sweet and stylish ladies, who you wish had been your roommates, especially considering their range of hair specialties, from extensions to creative color. Be sure to check out Pageboy's killer makeup services and not-to-be-missed vintage boutique. By the day's end, you'll leave Lawrenceville with a stunning new look from tip to toe.

Address: 3613 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone: 412-224-2294
Insider Tip: Ask for stylist and owner Dana Bannon when you book your hair appointment. Both Yelpers and Pittsburgh City Paper reviewers give her a hands-down endorsement.

4. Downtown -- Denham & Co.
A list of the best hair salons in Pittsburgh would not be complete without mentioning Downtown's only Aveda concept salon, Denham & Co. The studio's old-world exterior will have you in love at first sight. Once inside the eclectic loft space, enjoy a vast selection of hair services, performed with top-quality Aveda products. From flawless color treatments to unique cuts, Denham & Co.'s friendly and experienced staff guarantees quality styling for a reasonable price. Spa services are also available if you're looking for a little high-rise R&R.

Address: 23 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-338-9977
Insider Tip: Denham & Co. sells some of the antique furniture that decorates their space. So if the price it right, you might come home with a 20th Century ottoman to match that new bob of yours.

5. Shadyside -- Nadia Salon
Jeff Palmieri's sunlight-drenched salon is where you go to sip wine and feel pampered. Nadia is staffed with a cast of sexy, top-notch stylists (mostly male, by the way), who specialize in treatments like Brazilian Keratin Smoothing and Balyage Highlighting. Cut and color services are available for both men and women at a practical price, so everyone can feel welcome at this spacious Walnut Street locale. Nadia offers brow and lip waxing services as well, meeting all of your hair grooming needs from the neck up.

Address: 5519 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-688-8444
Insider Tip: Those in search of quality blonde color can trust Nadia's stylists, who are all trained in Schwarzkopf's Blonde Me technique.


The City of Champions may not boast an endless wealth of hair salons like New York or LA, but the best hair salons in Pittsburgh rival some of the finest hair institutions this side of the equator. So bring on your frizz, your roots, your damaged ends, your wild requests -- these five fabulous Pittsburgh salons can take it.

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