Edited by Rachel Jones | Written by Victoria Fox and Faye Rosatti of Greensburg Community Development Corporation | Photographs From Cristy Mae Photography

Life is too short to have boring hair…

When we think of hair, we think of so many things — personal expression, personality, and who we are as people. Hairstyles could be described along the same lines as a tattoo; they portray one’s individuality and/or the journey one might be on through life. Our hair also speaks to the roles we fit into within our community.

For the professionals behind the scissors, it is so much more. Hairstylists work their entire careers to master their craft — the cut, the color, and the look — all while granting many wishes to their clients. It is a never-ending task, to say the least, but these five salons in the Greensburg area are doing things outside of the norm.

Over the past few years, Greensburg has experienced growth in the community with new businesses moving into the area and an influx of spectacular people, honing creative skills and offering unique services that are making their way into the community. In addition to welcoming new, innovative businesses into the city, the original buildings in the area are receiving facelifts without losing their character.

To combine both the “old” and “new” of Greensburg, we chose to conduct this photo shoot at some of the beautiful, historical sites in the area with models sporting styles from five trendy salons.   

Exuding Elegance

Krista Boyer of the Instagram page/blog Peplum and Pearls poses at 205 S. Pennsylvania Ave., showing off a sleek body-con dress with feminine lace paneling from Roxberry Boutique. She adds to the elegant look with statement accessories from Spa 309 Salon & Boutique. Jenny Piasceke and Madie Kromer of Roots Hair and Nail Salon did Krista’s hair and makeup, respectively.

Nestled in the hills right outside of Greensburg, this Mt. Pleasant hair salon is turning it up a notch by helping clients feel chic and sophisticated at all times. “The Greensburg area is filled with visual, personal expression through hair, clothing, and accessories. The people have style, soul, and individuality,” Jenny says. “Now, more than ever, clients are asking for bolder styles, high contrast ombrès, and bold rainbow colors inspired by the internet and personal style. As stylists, we stay up on our game to assist their expression to the world.”

Roxberry Boutique, 309 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg. 724.433.1264. roxberryboutique.com. Spa 309 Salon & Boutique, 309 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg. 724.221.6942. spa-309.com. Roots Hair and Nail Salon, 614 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. 724.542.4188. rootshairandnailsalon.com.

205 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
The brick, five-story building at 205 S. Pennsylvania Ave. was constructed in 1906 by Dr. Edward M. Clifford. He and the Osterwise Pharmacy occupied the southeast corner of 2nd Street and Pennsylvania through the 1920s.

Let It Rock

Alexis Connors and Ariana Connors, who are both local dancers in the Greensburg area, rocked voluminous up-dos and chic makeup by Shea Senella and Jacque Huth, respectively, of Julie’s Full Service Salon. Flawless, Darling Boutique chose a lace-up, suede miniskirt and textured white sweater for Ariana and a floral, velvet dress for Alexis to wear atop the Robert A. Bell Parking Garage.

Located right outside of the City of Greensburg, Julie’s Full Service Salon welcomes fresh talent to offer new styles to its clients. “With the local colleges in the area, it helps someone young like me express creativity,” says Shea, one of the youngest stylists at the salon. “Greensburg is most definitely a town on the rise, allowing us to express ourselves as innovative stylists. Although Julie’s has been around for 20 years, it is still evolving, even adding a new barber shop in Greensburg.”

Julie’s Full Service Salon, 2010 Keystone Ave., Greensburg. 724.850.4247.
Flawless, Darling Boutique, 1005 Robbins Station Road, Irwin. 724.689.7978. flawlessdarlingboutique.com.

On Track

Jessica Hickey, who runs the Downtown Greensburg Project’s Instagram, cozied up to an off-the-shoulder dress from Roxberry Boutique and edgy choker from Spa 309 Salon & Boutique. Kristen Varoli and Sophia Palmiero of Contempo Artistries Salon did Jessica’s hair and makeup, respectively, for our photo shoot at The Station at Greensburg.

With a hip, modern vibe, Contempo Artistries Salon’s stylists see their work as art. “Sometimes, being from a small town, there is a stigma that hair and style trends finally reach us 10 years later,” Kristen says. “At Contempo Artistries Salon, we refuse to live in that stereotype. We are passionate hairdressers who love being creative. For us, that means constantly evolving and pushing the envelope when it comes to the handcrafted haircuts and custom color services we offer our guests. Continuous education keeps us on our ‘A’ game, and our clients love that we are always offering the newest trends as they are happening.”

Contempo Artistries Salon, 228 Arch Ave., Greensburg. 724.838.8100. contempoartistries.com.

The Station at Greensburg
For over 100 years, The Station at Greensburg has served as a hub linking commuters and travelers to the outside world. Designed by William H. Cookman, who built several other stations and railroad buildings in Pennsylvania, the station opened in 1911. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and has been ranked among Amtrak’s Great American Stations.

Best Foot Forward

Flawless, Darling Boutique styled Jayden Moffa, who finished in the top 11 at the Miss Pennsylvania pageant, in a floral skirt, leather jacket, and white booties. Blogger Marah Frank of MarahFrank.com shows off a fitted, sequin skirt and black blouse from the boutique as well. Maria Svonavec of Platinum Salon & Spa executed smoky eyes and simple tresses for both models at 205 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Located on the gateway of Youngwood, Platinum Salon & Spa has been an influential part of the community since it opened in 1999. Owner Candy Nelson says the region’s evolution over the last 18 years has been “remarkable.” “I’m grateful to witness the growth, not only in regards to business, but in people. Thankfully, there is definitely an undercurrent of change and higher level of consciousness occurring as we focus less on the latest celebrity style and more on becoming the best version of ourselves.”

Platinum Salon & Spa, 20 N. 3rd St., Youngwood. 724.925.2020. platinumsalonspa.com.

Free Spirit 

Up-and-coming singer and actress Julia Smolka makes a statement in a floral maxi from Roxberry Boutique and leather bracelets from Spa 309 Salon & Boutique. Spa 309’s Marci Yuhas created Julia’s crave-worthy curls, while Stef Ranier perfected the sultry makeup look.

Spa 309 Salon & Boutique may be one of the new kids on the block in Greensburg, but it’s already well-known for its hairstyles and spa services. Marci and her team hope to continue to grow in popularity as the community also expands. “I believe that the growth and development in the community hinges on the support of small business,” she says. “I have witnessed, over the years, an increasing amount of clients in the beauty and fashion industry that are looking for a more unique experience, which chain stores cannot offer. Being able to build relationships and give clients one-on-one attention is a staple to the success of our community.”

Need a place to show off your new hairstyle?

Save the dates for Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s upcoming events:

Sunday, December 3
All About You Free Sunday
@ The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Wednesday, December 6
Creative Conversation with Brian Cohen
@ Union Project

Friday, December 8
Art on Tap
@ The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Saturday, December 9
Wax: Lost and Found — Hot Metal Pour Demo with Pati Benchley
@ Seton Hill University Visual Arts Center

Wednesday, December 13
Great American Music — Kevin McManus & The Bone Forum
@ The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, thewestmoreland.org.

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