This Bergen County salon gave me the fall balayage I’d been dreaming of

OMJ's Nicole Musa and colorist Eileen Brantner of Party at Dolores' Salon in River Vale

OMJ’s Nicole Musa and colorist Eileen Brantner of Party at Dolores’ Salon in River Vale

Balayage-d hair has been all the rage for a while now, but the trend is not always the easiest to achieve. Ladies, I know you feel me. Have you begged your hairdresser for the perfect ashy look, but instead ended up with copper, color-blocked hair? Perhaps you’ve tried toning your already highlighted locks at home, but ended up crying in a corner somewhere? Let’s face it, no matter how many YouTube tutorials you’ve watched — a balayage done right is sorta hard to come by. Luckily, there are places and people who can work such magic. Insert: Eileen Brantner of Party at Dolores’ Beauty Salon.

Eileen Brantner, balyage master at Party at Dolores' Beauty Salon

Eileen Brantner, balayage master at Party at Dolores’ Beauty Salon

This blonde beauty, who’s quite the master colorist, recently did my hair and I couldn’t be happier with the results! Before I dish the details about my new perfect hair, though, I want it to be known that my entire experience with Eileen and the rest of the Party at Dolores’ staff was nothing shy of superb. After hearing about the salon via word of mouth from a dear friend of mine, I decided to make an appointment. Although taking a leap of faith with a new hairdresser can be frightening, especially when it involves visiting a salon you’ve never been to — my fears seemed nothing but irrational immediately after my visit.

The amazing staff at Party at Dolores' Beauty Salon

The amazing staff at Party at Dolores’ Beauty Salon

Party at Dolores' Owner and Hair Stylist, Dolores Zipfel

Party at Dolores’ Owner and Hair Stylist, Dolores Zipfel

Party at Dolores' Beauty Salon in River Vale, NJ

Party at Dolores’ Beauty Salon in River Vale, NJ

Let me tell you, this is one awesome group of hairstylists. Sure they’re all professional and do killer hair jobs, but they totally know how to have fun on the job, and make you feel like you’re part of the gang! I truly felt comforted from the moment I walked through the door until the moment I left. Picture this: the ultimate Jersey-girl atmosphere, with an extra side of class. I don’t know about you, but a group of Jersey girls hanging out together, where “good vibes only” seems to be their mantra, is right up my alley. Don’t worry, “Jersey” does not exclusively mean there’s excessive amounts of leopard print and hairspray.

Hair stylist's station at Party at Dolores' Beauty Salon

Hair stylist’s station at Party at Dolores’ Beauty Salon

Back to the balayage. I showed Eileen a few pictures I saved from Pinterest (duh) to help her visualize the color I was trying to achieve. I expressed to her that I wanted a chocolate brown to blonde/grey fade, and that’s just what she gave me. First of all, I have A LOT of (unruly) hair. Secondly, as a natural brunette, my hair does not “lift” well. Getting my hair to turn a desirable shade of blonde has always been a struggle. Eileen slayed it, though. Here’s some pictures of the process.

Me a.k.a. foil head

Me a.k.a. foil head

That awkward in between phase when you wonder if your hair is going to stay an ugly goldish color.

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Done!

Just me being in love with my new hair or whatever

Just me being in love with my new hair or whatever

Party at Dolores’
River Vale
Specialties: up-dos, haircuts, color processes
Phone: (201) 666-6246
Address: 669 Westwood Ave.
Website: partyatdolores.com
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