First Impression Studio
25 Church St, Little Silver, NJ 07739
Specialties: Asian Hair, Perms, Straight Perms, Curly Hair, Coloring, Kids' Hair
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
By Appointment Only: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
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First Impression is owned by a Husband and Wife who called me back to ask if I could stop by to meet with George so he could look at my hair before our appointment to see how long and what was wanted. I stopped by he was pleasant, but really what has always stood out for me is that he is concerned about not me, but really about my hair. He tested a strand on a machine that he has, it snapped immediately, he told me my hair was over processed, and that he could not do the color as I wanted. He told me that he would have to cut quite a bit off, and it would take a while (6-8 months) to get my hair healthy. He was honest and stood on his principals which I found interesting, this was not about money, it was about my hair and how I could look my best without further damaging the hair I have sought to change to be thicker, fuller, brighter long ago. I had some reservations, sure because why I had not heard of him before, and how come other salons were not concerned about the health of my hair?? I also, had a major event coming up …the wedding of my step-daughter in three weeks and did I have time to change my hair so drastically. Well, I kept my appointment and although it was not perfect because we had to do this in steps, I can tell you I could not have made a better decision to get my hair healthy. I am not a bleached blonde anymore, but more a beautiful, gentle, tone of blonde with highlights, and my grey shine here and there…which I am liking too. The other part of this is that he has helped me take my hair to a place no other hairdresser could, once I left he gave me the instructions and tools to keep it going. The tools are not a $300 flat iron, $65.00 bottle of shampoo or hair product, but a $5.00 curler that comes with 3 of them and you roll them so easily I almost feel like kicking myself for being so gullible to have purchased so much hair products that sit in my closet and I could easily set up a shop because I have so many. No pins, just take the roller when hair is damp, roll it and then blow dry on low to finish drying. My hair is full of body for at least two days and I cannot thank First Impression/George for carrying these. I love my hair and it took many years for me to find George.
09/30/2011Provided by Citysearch -
George had given me a flattering hair cut every time I have seen him. He was able to do a correction cut when I was butchered by another stylist...when I went to him my hair looked horrible...but I ended up with the best hair cut ever!
Thank you George!
07/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The Hairstylist I used a few times seems to disappear without a word. I needed a haircut and color like yesterday. You know how that feels, but was hesitant to go somewhere new. The good thing about the internet is that you can always find reviews about a place. I read all the reviews before going to First Impression. So I decided to give them a try. I went to George the owner. He took me over to his station and asked me what I needed done. After the long consultation he did exactly as I asked for. I can tell you that George is a fantastic hairstylist and colorist. He has a great personality and really cares about his work. You can tell he is passionate about making you look good. My hair is so much easier to style now and I just love the way it looks and feel. So, if you need an awesome Hairstylist go to First Impression Studio and ask for George. You will not regret it,
07/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
George and Siv are true professionals and after 6 years of searching for the perfect salon after migrating to NJ from NY, I am elated. My haircut fits my face and my lifestyle and the color and highlights make my hair look like I am 20 years old again (I am 47). I can't wait to try the skin products and look as young as Siv does. If you are tired of the way most places that call themselves salons do business, (promise the world and give you an 80's style cut with color that turns your hair to brillo so they need to up-sell you on a million products that don't work) then see George and Siv and leave the stress behind. I know that I can consistently look my very best and I just don't have to worry anymore.
11/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The salon provides a relaxing atmosphere by offering their clients a gown and beverage upon arrival. They are very friendly and knowledgeable about different products that are suitable for your hair and skin type. I recommend booking George for your haircuts, especially if this is your first time here. He has a ton of experience under his belt and knows what type of style looks best .you would also have the OPTION of having them add some kind of serum that makes your hair feel like silk (but it's totally worth it). Yes the appointments usually take about 3 hours for a cut and color, but this is not chop shop it is a salon, and if you would rather get a rush job and compromise quality, this place is definitely not for you!
11/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been a client of George at First Impression Studio for little over a year now. I fell into his lap after my last stylist over booked and had to cancel an appointment on me, and I have been Georges ever since! He listens more than any stylist I’ve worked with and won’t let me leave until I’m 110% satisfied. He makes me feel beautiful and has become a true friend that I look forward to seeing at the salon. We takes time to talk through all the changes I want or think I want to make, and I’m not afraid to take risks with something new with him. I understand that hair is a tricky thing and achieving a certain look is not always possible, but George works so much harder toward perfection than any other stylist I’ve met. That’s important--I know that he is working hard to get me exactly what I want and it’s always perfect! I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about him. Thanks Kim
11/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
George at First Impression Studio is everything I ever wanted in a hair stylist. He's extremely talented and works with me to find something that I may not have thought of on my own but am always super happy with. He also has a great personality and remembers even the littlest details on the last cut at our last appointment. Fun attitude and modern decor that makes stepping into their place fun and relaxing. Oh, and I love the tea/coffee bar for while I'm waiting (though I'm not usually waiting long enough to take full advantage). Suffice it to say, I love this place and both George and Siv, and have never even considered looking elsewhere, even when I moved out of town. They’re both totally worth the trek.
10/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have to always book my appointment a week or two in advance but always worth the wait. I really love this place. I have had my hair colored / highlighted and cut multiple times with George and every time I come out of there looking and feeling great. I think the color he uses has something to do with the way my hair feels after the colorings. It is very soft and tangle free unlike other places I have gone. I also decided to try the facial with Siv on my last trip in and it was just incredible. Super relaxing and my skin was glowing and vibrant for the next week!
09/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My impression of the salon was that they were friendly and very professional. Within talking to George for a few minutes, I immediately felt comfortable enough to allow him to chop off my hair, which was super long. I cannot say it enough: I love my new hair cut! He took the challenge on with absolutely no fear and transformed my whole look! I don't think I will ever grow it out again! And the best part is all of the compliments I have been getting. From the moment I walked out of the door I have been getting nothing but positive comments! I recommend this salon for anyone!
03/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had George do my color/highlights /cut and it looks perfect! People comment on the color all the time. I haven't tried the skincare side yet but looking forward to do so. It not too pricey compare to some other so call high end salon around but worth every dollar for a great look. Highly recommended .
10/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Real, and passionate about his work. Google and Citysearch reviews guided me to this salon and I am so glad I trusted my instinct. Besides doing a super job on my color and hightlights with subtle and long lasting results, he has a real talent for optimizing your looks with amazing hair style suited to your personality and lifestyle. I have never received so many compliments about my haircuts. My husband has never in the past said how much he love my hair and people who have not seen me in a while are so impressed! My last haircut was so versatile there was literally many looks in one! George listens, he is precise, and genuinely cares about sending me out the door looking good. which makes me feel as good as I look. The atmosphere is hip with a European flair but not pretentious. Lots of room for parking a great plus.
09/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was so impressed. The difference is astounding. He made it look so easy. He really took the time and energy to not only listen to what I wanted but to figure out what color would truly look great on me. He was able to really get the most out of my hair. The atmosphere at First Impression is friendly and wonderfully unpretentious. What a great experience! Highly recommended!
08/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been George's client for some time now, Ever since I meet him and his wife at a hair show they were doing in city. Yes, I drive to NJ from the NYC because he is worth driving for and so is Siv his wife for my skin care. He always listens to what I want, offers suggestions when I get too boring and keeps my hair healthy and my style current ! I have trusted him in going from very long to very short and everything in-between. George and Siv has also been on-site stylist for hair and make-up for my daughters wedding in NYC last year. They are just fabulous.
08/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Where do I start? I found George Low strictly by chance, when I Googled 'best hair colorist in NJ'. I mean he had over 80 reviews with 5 stars, and as I'd come to find out, all well-deserved.
First let me tell you that I have very fine, thin wavy hair with an unnatural growth pattern (it grows forward from the crown; ugh!), which is difficult to cut. From the moment I met George I knew I was in good hands. He immediately makes you feel comfortable and at ease. He listened to everything I loved and hated about my hair, and to what my routine was and how much time I was willing to put into it. He painstakingly helped me pick a beautiful auburn color that looked natural and sat with me the entire time my hair was processing, constantly checking it. He fixed my uneven layers and showed me how
using the right products and right techniques made all the difference. In short, he educated me about MY hair in ways that were invaluable. And as if that wasn't enough, George actually called me the following morning to see if I was happy with everthing
he had done. I mean who the heck does that?
I've gone to well-known salons in NY and never been treated as well as I was by George. He loves his craft and he's passionate about it. YOU are his only focus when you're there. And I walked out with 3 products, 1 hair styling tool, a color and a cut for half the price of what I'd spent in the city. Run, don't walk to First Impression Studio. You won't be disappointed.
08/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I decided to try this salon based on an extensive research, as well as a desire to find a less snobby atmosphere. George was my colorist. he was fantastic! Sweet, non-pretentious and so so talented!! In the past other colorists insisted to make my hair lighter, even though I always felt it was too light. he dared to listen to my wish and I ended up with a gorgeus brown color with so much dimension, I just love it! It surely did wonders for my eyes and skin! He also cut it for me, he is so good! He made me feel soo amazing! My hair looked so beautiful, so shiny and so rich when I left. I would highly recommend it to anyone, surely me and my friends will visit again!!
04/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I just wanted to mention I had an hour and a half facial with Siv at First Impression. She was just great it was so soothing and relaxing I fell asleep and the products they used from France was wonderful. Siv gave and recommended some items and gave me some samples to try. never trying to push the products on me, which I liked. I have booked anyone in 4 weeks can't wait.
I recently went to the owner at this salon to get my color fixed! Everyone there was so nice and it made my time there so much more enjoyable. He was so helpful in recommending to me the right hair colors for my skin and eye color plus gave me a new and different style for me that is so easy to take care of I really love it. I also received all kinds goodies and information from Siv for my skincare. I can even visit their website to get all the latest new deals and info, the experience there was great and I have booked my few appointments. I would recommend anyone to go and check it out!