Kelli Langford has always been something of an artist; she just traded in the paintbrushes and pigments of her youth for the hairbrushes and hair dyes of a stylist. Working at New Image Salon, she mows her way through as much as eight inches of hair a day, but that's not where she feels her artistry comes into play. She finds her creative peak in styling and coloring clients' hair—a talent that has resulted in vibrant red tones and trendy ombre looks. But whatever the service, some things are always a given: salon-quality products and a strict policy against using cacti for hairbrushes. "I always test my products and get familiar with them before ever using them on a client," Kelli says.
The beauty professionals at Legacy Salons & Day Spa love to pamper clients with stylish 'dos, mani-pedis, and body treatments. Several of the stylists have more than 30 years of experience, and all use professional products such as Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, and Redken. The salon's massage therapist specializes in deep-tissue, prenatal, and hot-stone massage, as well as yelling at knots until they leave. Clients can also book long-lasting Shellac manicures, Brazilian waxes, and keratin hair-smoothing treatments that leave hair straight and shiny for several weeks.
Take a look at any of Neely O'Hair's 16 styling stations, and you’ll likely find a hairstylist fashioning a flattering cut. Their ability to focus so intently and develop a rapport with their clients is especially impressive when one considers the bustling, full-service salon that surrounds them. Just a short walk away from the styling stations, spa technicians groom fingers and toes, apply makeup, or enhance eyelashes with extensions sleek enough to slip their way out of an uncle's headlock.
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.
The Strand Salon's certified epidermal artisans refurbish weatherworn frontispieces with a 15- to 30-minute microdermabrasion skin-sprucing treatment. To kick things off, an amicable aesthetician will expunge loitering filth during a preprocedure cleansing. Then, the skin specialist will gingerly slough off sullied epidermal layers and dead skin cells using a diamond-tipped wand that sluices the face with a stream of microcrystals. By reducing tegument thickness, the treatment gooses lazy collagen into production mode, shooing away fine lines and burrowing skin gophers. A sumptuous slathering of moisturizer completes the treatment, leaving faces hydrated and refreshed. The Strand recommends clients abstain from using makeup and undergoing ritualistic lard baths 24 hours prior to their appointment.