David Alan wasn’t always a hairstylist. In fact, his original career path began at CCNY Film School. But David's eye for design and love of hair quickly sent him packing for beauty school and, later, to train under hair greats Mark Traynor--L’Oreal Paris colorist and stylist--and hat designer Lilly Daché. Now, more than 40 years later, David joins their ranks as owner of his namesake salon and spa where he instills his philosophy that hair should be unteased, untortured, unsprayed, and natural-looking.
But this doesn’t mean David and his legion of stylists aren’t capable of transforming hair with the latest trends and designs. Using Redken, Pureology, and KMS California hair care products, six levels of stylist highlight, condition, and straighten locks to complement any hair type and texture. And in the spa area, technicians rejuvenate bodies with mani-pedis, Eminence facials, and seaweed body wraps.
Along with a roster of beautifying services, guests are also treated to the Paramus shop’s décor as David Alan made sure to make his oyster-shaped salon aesthetically pleasing. Stained Brazil red oak floors and white walls enclose guests between mirrors made from nickel and less than 5% iron, which ensures reflections don't suffer from green glares or poor Tony Stark impressions.
At The New Makeover Salon, the stylists aim to make clients look and feel their best, whether they come in with a specific hairstyle in mind or are unsure of how a hummingbird got lodged in their ponytail. In addition to cuts, colors, and updos, the hair gurus help clients unwind from a stressful week with complimentary glasses of wine or coffee. Threading and waxing services rid clients of unwanted hair, and men can also journey to the salon for a professional face shave.
At Visage Salon & Spa, an Aveda concept salon, stylists accentuate haircuts with glossing and demi colors or Bio Ionic straightening treatments. But hair isn’t all that leaves the salon brightened and shiny—something made clear by the diverse skills amongst the 13-person team. Skin care specialists customize Elemental Nature facials to hydrate and revive complexions, and administer natural alternatives to microdermabrasion and peels using Aveda botanicals that won’t leave behind redness or signs of irritation. On top of that, aromatherapy body polishes and sea salt body wraps render skin soft and radiant, waxing services do away with lingering scruff, and manicures and pedicures pamper fingers tired from constantly typing short stories about protagonists fighting to get their nails done.
Dark wooden floors stretch across Suzanne’s Hair and Colour Room, contrasting against the gold mirror frames, stone accents, and navy blue walls. Within this carefully designed space, stylists carefully design new hairstyles for both men and women. With DevaCurl products in hand, the team shapes manes into flattering styles, adds bounce and volume to flat strands, and enhances color with glosses, highlights, and lowlights. The stylists also lengthen short ‘dos with Great Lengths hair extensions, which are made out of real human hair or the hair of a mannequin that was human in a past life. Guests can also visit the salon’s aestheticians for brow shaping, eyelash tinting, or full makeup application.
Christopher, "The Man Behind the Chair" and the artistic director of Salon Salon, calls on his three decades of professional experience to lead his staff, encouraging hairdressers to approach hairdressing as an art form. The salon’s team pursues this goal, aided by the training tucked into their tool belts beside shears, clippers, and curling irons.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.