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2629 Murray Ave.
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At Tula Organic we value the well-being of both our clients and our planet. Our mission is to provide a relaxing environment for beauty services that are luxurious yet sustainable. We believe that true beauty is best attained through green business practices, pure organic ingredients, and a loving relationship with our local community.
Tula Organic is located at 2629 Murray Avenue in the Morrowfield Building. Metered street parking is available directly outside of the salon. Free street parking is available on Morrowfield Avenue about a block from the salon.
Emily Askin (Owner/Stylist) brings extensive professional experience in hair, make-up, and personal styling to Tula. Trained at New York City's Aveda Institute, Emily served clients in a variety of Manhattan salons in addition to her industry portfolio, which primarily included theater, television, and print. In that capacity, her hair and makeup work was featured in national commercials and advertising campaigns for Dove Real Beauty, American Living by Ralph Lauren, and numerous others. Additionally, Emily has coiffed and powdered for various Broadway productions, New York Fashion Week, and even a Funny or Die video! After returning to her hometown in 2010, Emily has established herself as a leader in hair and makeup session work for the commercial and advertising industries in Pittsburgh, not to mention dozens of weddings, bar mitzvahs, and individual television appearances. Her clients here have included UPMC, Sunny-D, Connections Academy, and Rivers Casino. Emily is a certified Master Colorist with L'oreal Professional.
Emily earned her degree in Theater Studies from Kenyon College. When she isn't busy at Tula making Pittsburghers more beautiful, you can find her teaching and performing Improv Comedy at Steel City Improv Theater.
Emily's motto is, "Be yourself, and beauty will follow."
Becky Spitler (Owner/Stylist) is a Pittsburgh native with over a decade of design experience. She graduated from Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College with a B.A. in Media Design and an Honors in Business. This collegiate experience places her in a unique position to offer intelligent and creative solutions during a consultation. As a cosmetologist, Becky has fallen in love with the combination of artistry and customer service that the beauty industry demands. In an effort to become a true artist, she is enthralled with continuing education and dreams of someday vacationing at the Vidal Sassoon Academy. She has participated in training through Aveda, Sukar, and M.A.C. Cosmetics. Above all, she believes in empowering women by showing them how to enhance their natural beauty.
True beauty is best attained through green business practices, pure organic products, and a loving relationship with the local community. Becky has made eco-friendly living a priority in her personal life and knows that it will be a priority for Tula Organic Salon and Spa as well. In addition to providing creative and professional beauty services, she also dreams of composting, drinking comforting organic teas, and supporting local artists and musicians.
When Becky isn't behind the chair, she can probably be found working on Tula's website, knitting an organic wool scarf, or balancing precariously on her unicycle.
Lena Loshonkohl (Stylist) approaches beauty from a creative standpoint, with almost a decade of salon experience. Her primary focus is the individuality, happiness and comfort of each person that walks into the salon. She places a strong emphasis on consultations and concise communication in order to address the needs of her clients. Lena is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a focus in Printmaking and Painting, as well as a B.A. in Art History. When not at the salon or school, she can be found riding her bike, working on collaborative printmaking projects, or reading whatever books she can get her hands on.
Stephanie Demetri (Stylist) is a New Hampshire native with a passion to create. She is inspired by the opportunity to help people look and feel their best through her dedication to her craft. Her modern cuts and innovative up-styles are best complimented by a bold new color or subtle hand painted balayage highlights which accentuate their best features. After earning a BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art where she studied sculpture & jewelry, she then discovered her true medium at the Continental Academy of Hair Design. Since graduating she has moved forward to train under elite hair educators throughout New England. When she's not doing hair, Stephanie loves to get outdoors and spend time with her friends and family!
At Tula Organic we strive to be as organic and as sustainable as possible, while providing services that are still effective. As an Aveda Family Salon and Spa, our products contain a high percentage of organic raw herbal ingredients and organic essential oils. All Aveda products are free of parabens, EDTA, GMOs, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, VOCs, and petrochemicals. 99% of the products used here are also vegan friendly! Aveda's products are sustainably sourced, packaged in up to 100% post consumer recycled plastic, manufactured using 100% wind power, and never tested on animals. For more information visit. We also use Sukar brand sugaring paste as a 100% natural method of hair removal.
Here are some of the measurable elements that make Tula Organic a sustainable business: reclaimed wood and upcycled interior, recycling, energy star appliances, sustainably sourced products, website hosting that is 100% wind powered, water for guests that is filtered and not bottled, compact fluorescent bulbs, business cards made from 100% recycled paper, upcycled gift cards made from vintage yearbooks, and green cleaning products. We hope this list will continue to grow as we find new ways to care for the world we live in.
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