LIVINGSTON, NJ — Celebrating a year of providing the residents of Livingston and communities across three counties with the latest in hair care, courtesy of a family-oriented, boutique-style salon, Raymond Robert Salon hosted Livingston Mayor Al Anthony, members of the Business Improvement District and a handful of loyal clients for a One-Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting on May 18.

Currently located at 24 E. Mount Pleasant Ave. in Livingston, Raymond Robert Salon is run by a group of senior stylists that not only have decades of experience, but have also worked previously at other salons in the area and therefore have a client base that spans over tree counties. According to salon owner Gerard Maddalena, Raymond Robert prides itself on ensuring that clients leave Raymond Roberts Salon with their hair in better condition than it was when they walked in.

“We really care about our clients,” said Maddalena, who has owned salons since age 26. “It’s a small boutique salon and we’d like to keep it that way. We’re very friendly to the community as well as outside the community, so when people come in here they really feel special and like they’re part of a family—and they are treated as such.”

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Maddalena said that Raymond Robert also prides itself on being a Goldwell Color Salon, which means that the salon’s “master colorists” use Goldwell Color, a product line that not only colors hair but also restructures the hair using a special technology. According to Maddelena, Goldwell Color and hair-care products are as top-of-the-line as it gets in hair care.

“We have a lot of professionalism and techniques that we really want to offer to the community,” said Maddalena. “And we really wanted to do that in the best way possible: by making sure our clients are up to date with all the latest in hair care treatment and products.”

Maintaining the integrity of his clients’ hair is extremely important to Maddalena, who said that this involves his stylists keeping up to date with the latest in hair-care education and products. However, Maddalena said that many of his current employees are former co-workers of his that wanted to have more duties as professionals and are more than willing to do the work that is required.

“We really pride ourselves in being master colorists and reconstructing your hair,” said Maddalena. “We also have smoothing treatments for hair that are not damaging like these Keratin treatments that came out 15 years ago.”

Raymond Robert employees go out of their way to make sure clients are accommodated, which is rare to find in a larger salon, according to Maddalena. Managers, stylists and receptionists at Raymond Robert say their first year has been extremely rewarding and that they are looking forward to a successful future.

It’s a growing business and we’re still a baby, but for our first year I think it’s been wonderful,” said Randy Robertson, a receptionist at Raymond Robert. “We have clients from not just Livingston but all surrounding towns, so it’s been great. We’ve had great feedback and a great response from Livingston people and also from the surrounding towns.”