I cannot say enough about Hair Essentials. All of their staff is great. They are funny and really work hard to give you what you want. The decor is nice and clean and they don't blast obnoxious music that not everyone wants to hear. (Unlike most other salons I've been in around Staten Island.) But there is one stylist in particular who's just amazing. I am very picky when it comes to my hair. This woman is just so talented. She gives many options when you're looking for a new color and makes suggestions that she feel will really compliment your features. Her name is Christine but I believe she uses the name Vanessa at work because there are a few Christines there. Ask for her and you will not be disappointed.