Congratulations are in order to one exceptional local salon! Marc Albert was recently named one of 20 “Salons of Distinction,” by Salon Today magazine, one of the industry’s most notable trade publications. Only salons opened within the past year are eligible for this nationwide honor, and nearly 1,000 establishments were considered. Albert has been doing hair for 30 years, throughout which he continued his education at institutions like Toni & Guy Academy of London. “It’s made me feel like my hard work has paid off,” he says. “I wanted to create an intimate space and bring back a sense of community and elegance to a place where women can connect with one another.” Tucked above Walnut Street, his namesake salon, reminiscent of a chic Parisian apartment paired with a contemporary, minimalistic aesthetic, has certainly achieved just that. “The most important thing to us is our customer service and making clients feel pampered,” he says. “We really have a focus on very natural, classic hair styles and giving clients a look that they can manage and that fits their lifestyle.” Going hand-in-hand is offering clients the very best products. Albert utilizes the “straight forward, skin care-grade” luxury hair care line Oribe, by the New York stylist best known for taking care of Jennifer Lopez’s tresses and styling Caitlyn Jenner’s hair for her Vanity Fair cover. The salon also provides Chromatics formaldehyde-free hair color by Redken, which Albert credits for “creating lots of natural highs and lows in the hair;” Lasio keratin treatments; and Smith & Cult nail lacquers and lip glosses. And, as Marc Albert celebrated its one-year anniversary in August, it also added hair extensions to its lineup of services. Here’s to many more years to come! — Liz Petoniak

Marc Albert Salon, 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.352.6266.
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