BY KATIE GROSSO
I have gotten quite a few haircuts in my life where I stared with apprehension in the mirror as the stylist put the finishing touches on my tresses. Too many times, I’ve had to force myself to mumble a sincere sounding assent when she inquired if I liked it. I cringed as I tipped the stylist, thinking of all the work I would have to do to set my hair back to rights. Why couldn’t I get a haircut that didn’t need to be ‘worked with’ until it looked good? When I returned home, my mother always reassured me, “Don’t worry, it’ll grow back.” Hmm, doesn’t that saying sound familiar?
At Got Style, located in Beachwood at 701 Atlantic City Blvd., you won’t ever walk out the door hating your hair or silently threatening your stylist with a vengeance—that’s because owner and stylist Debbie Brown won’t let you leave. Debbie says, “We take pride in our hair. I don’t want a customer to leave until we are both happy with the style.” It makes sense, of course, because every customer that walks out the door is an advertisement. But surprisingly, many salons let customers leave with unpolished looks or styles that they are dissatisfied with. Not only will this customer not return, but they are also likely to tell others about their less than positive experience.
Got Style, which opened on March 6, is a full service family hair salon. They offer hair cuts for men, women and children, as well as manicures, pedicures, waxing and makeup. The stylists at Got Style specialize in hair color correction. Debbie Brown has been known to take five or six hours on a client, making sure the color and conditioning processes were done properly, yet without breaking the client’s bank. Got Style also offers up-dos, perms, Japanese straightening, deep conditionings and styling for bridal parties.
Since Debbie Brown started doing hair professionally 12 years ago, she has always wanted to run her own salon. Got Style is the manifestation of Debbie Brown’s dream, and she exudes tremendous pride in her business and her work as a stylist. Brown originally became a stylist because of her love of hair, and her desire to learn. It is this dedication to education that continually draws her back into the classroom – taking classes not only in hair styling and coloring, but also in computers and business. Her hard work and commitment to constantly improving her skills has earned Brown the recognition of being one of only 40 Redken certified hair colorists and Redken specialists in the state.
There aren’t many local salons that have Redken certified hair colorists on site. This means that Got Style is one of the few places that you can go to get a custom color from a skilled stylist. Every cut and color at Got Style is specifically designed for the customer, and the result is a style that suits the customer’s lifestyle, personality and features. As Debbie Brown says, “Everyone’s face and personality is different. Each person who sits in my chair and wants a new style or color is to me as a blank canvas is to an artist.” It’s Got Style’s mission to make people look and feel better, and Brown loves doing beauty overhauls, with amazing before and afters. Hair isn’t just Debbie Brown’s job – it’s her passion; it’s her art.
As an experienced stylist with advanced training, Debbie Brown specializes in hair color correction. Having worked in other salons and styled countless clients over the years, Brown is well aware of the mistakes that clients and even other stylists are making with hair color. As a Redken certified hair colorist, Brown has proven her knowledge and ability through written tests and performance assessments. At Got Style, your hair is in good hands. And surprisingly, despite being having an owner and head stylist with advanced training, the prices at Got Style are reasonable, and less than some salons that don’t even have Redken certified specialists.
When you walk into Got Style, you are welcomed into a salon with a relaxed atmosphere and a charming decor. Everything in the salon is new and clean. The walls are freshly painted in varying hues of coral, which, along with the matching furniture, creates a very comforting and soothing ambiance. At Got Style, customers can expect to get professional hair services and expertise, without the stuffy atmosphere and bloated prices of salons that pretend to be posh or upscale. The staff at Got Style is helpful and friendly, and they strive to treat customers right.
Perhaps the reason customers can be at ease at Got Style is because it is a family salon, where men, women and children are all welcome. As a mother of two children, Debbie Brown is very family oriented. The importance that family has in her life is the reason that she emphasizes this family- friendly atmosphere at her salon. She likes the idea that the entire family can get their haircuts in the same place.
Isn’t it about time that you Got Style? Whether you need to update your look, fix a dye-job gone awry or get your usual trim, check out Got Style Family Hair Salon. You can walk into their Beachwood, NJ location on Route 9, or make an appointment by calling 732-664-7920. Check out their official MySpace and Facebook pages, www.myspace.com/gotstylehairsalon and www.facebook.com/gotstylehairsalon for more information and discounts. Got Style is open Tues-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.