Owner/Operator Physical Features Salon & Spa since 1971
In the 44 years his Salon has been in business, Richard has remained dedicated to his profession and to three major areas of his business:
- motivated and dedicated staff
- Expanding salon services available for today’s trends
- Creating a casual and friendly environment for clients & staff
Richard began hairdressing in 1948 in his Mom’s basement beauty salon in Woodbridge, NJ. He was the featured artist in two consecutive International Beauty Shows in New York City and had his work on the cover of The Guide Magazine. Richard really knew how to get his name out there and in doing so, had been on over thirty TV talk shows over the years and appeared on the Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.
His true passion is color formulation and blower styling using a unique technique that continues to amaze his clients. Richard also loves solving hair problems new clients come in to the salon with. Whether it is a color problem or styling issue, he is always thrilled when new clients come in with any hair troubles. Seeing the clients face when the hairstyle they’ve been working towards, finally comes to life… is what Richard lives for.
Richard also is vocally talented and performs throughout the New Jersey/New York area. Hairstylist by day… Singer by night!
Lou Ann Szymborski
Lou Ann is a talented, experienced hair specialist who’s been working for over 28 years at Physical Features. Lou, as her clients call her, grew up interested in the fashion industry and was drawn to hair styling after high school. She specializes in Make-up, Goldwell hair color, highlighting, keratin treatments and professional cuts.
After so many years at Physical Features, she feels the Salon is like family. She enjoys a close relationship with her fellow co-workers where there’s a mutual sharing of ideas and creative expansion. Lou’s clients describe her as caring and always taking the time to achieve the desired results, a real professional. She’s honest, funny, and down to earth and a natural to what she does.
She is ever-growing in her field and always excited to attend hair shows, cutting classes and constantly keeping up with the trend. Sitting in her chair is an experience like no other. You always feel welcomed and know you are in good hands. She truly takes the time to listen to what you are looking for, how you want your hair to look etc. Lou uses her master skills to bring to life what you’ve always been dreaming of.
Rosa, a former salon owner herself, has been in the hair industry for many years and a Physical Features stylist for four. Her patience and understanding is what gives all of her clients the comforting feeling they have when they sit in her chair. She knows what it is like to sit in a chair and have the hairdresser not listen. With Rosa, you will get the attention you deserve and will get as close to “what you want” as possible. Rosa is also able to assist our Spanish-speaking clients as she is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Her specialties include but are not limited to, Long Hair, All types of Hair coloring Techniques like…Vibrant Colors, Multi-dimensional Highlights, Balayage and Ombre’s. And Her Blowouts and Haircuts, Like All of her work show the Love and Passion she has for our Industry. Rosa is a Master at her Craft when it comes to Long hair. She works amazingly well with layering and styles and really knows how to make her customers Happy. With regards to color, she loves working with the creative customers who want the funky vibrant colors and also with those who want sophisticated natural shades as well. She is also up to date on most of the mens and boys haircuts.
Rosa loves the hair industry and has said, “We all love what we do! This is not just another job for us. We love making our customers feel special and beautiful.”
A Physical Features employee since 2001, Jerry specializes and works with men only. He is a master at his craft when it comes to men’s cuts, styles, color and beard trims. He is a real man’s man and all of his customers only ever have positive things to say. They enjoy their one on one time they get to spend during their appointment and look forward to their next meeting.
Josepha specializes in hairstyles for women looking for a sophisticated look. You know the saying, “All things old become new again.” Josepha can take an older style and make it look modern and trendy. She also specializes in permanent waves and smoothing treatments. Typically seen as your over all hair stylist, she can work with all different types of hair.
Being a stylist at Physical Features, Josepha views everyone she works with as family. Everyone is supportive, nurturing and truly cares about making a difference in peoples lives. She also has this same outlook on her customers. She takes the dedicated time, has patience and works with each person individually to ensure they are happy with the outcome of their hair and that they keep coming back.
I specialize in Light Concept Nails (LCN), spa pedicures, shellac manicures and also work with tips/wraps and basic manicures as well. Working for Physical Features is like working with friends and family; we are all a very close-knit community.
I chose to become a licensed cosmetologist because I love to work with people and be creative. I also love working with my clients and always being able to put a smile on their faces. The bond I have with my clients is very special. I love listening to and helping them with anything they want to discuss. Whether it be about their nails, work, personal life etc. I am always there for them and enjoy making new bonds with each person individually.
I feel any new client coming to Physical Features will gain a wonderful experience that will leave them with a positive lasting impression. They will walk out the door every time feeling beautiful, radiant and happy.
I am a Nail Technician and LCN (light concept nail) specialist. I have been a licensed and practicing LCN technician since 1998, before any other gel products were on the market. I became an LCN educator in 2007 and have been a Physical Features employee since 2009. My passion is providing nails that everyone can be proud of. Creating the permanent French manicure is my favorite thing to do.
There is no question that LCN gel nail treatments are the finest on the market today. You can count on LCN gel nails to always give you a flawless manicure that gives a natural but stunning finish.
You have a range of colors to choose from, anything from clear for a natural look, to any other color of the rainbow. While LCN manicures are my specialty, I also provide professional pedicures, gel manicures and traditional manicure.
“I love my hair Cathy! Thank you so much for making me look and feel great! You’re the best!” Comments like these are one of the reasons I love being a hairstylist. Making my client’s look and feel beautiful is the most rewarding part of my career.
My inspiration comes from current hair trends while modifying each style for a person’s individual needs. Some of my special crafts include: master cuts, color, up-do’s and blow outs. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a formal event, my styles are fun, funky or traditional.
I believe that listening to my clients is the key to success by creating the hair you wear that shows the inner you.
Marie has been a Physical Features staple for almost thirty years. Her specialties include: up-dos, hair extensions, corrective color, cut and styles and eyelash extensions. She takes the time to get to know each of her clients and focuses on what would be beneficial for each and every person who sits in her chair.
Keeping up with the trends and furthering her education is also important. By keeping up to date with new styles and processes, Marie has developed a following of dedicated clientele. She does everything she can to meet the goals of every one of her clients. Each of Marie’s customers and their time are valued and she provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for everyone in her chair and all her coworkers as well.
I have been a licensed and practicing hairstylist for twenty-two years. Hairstyling is my one true passion which can be seen though my creative expertise and skills. This is expressed through each and every one of my clients in their own unique and individual style.
I am affluent in cut and styles and smoothing systems, but my expertise truly shine in up-do’s, coloring and highlighting. My true passion and specialty is high-lights and low-lights, excelling in blonde color in addition to all color pallets. Whether it is a sophisticated and elegant look or an edgy and trendy style; my artistic ability and techniques are versatile and distinctive.
Through great communication, honesty and professionalism, I try to fulfill all of my client’s goals for their hair to look its absolute best. Taking pride in my work and customer satisfaction is my ultimate goal.
I have been a hairdresser for thirty-five years and a Physical Features veteran for thirty. Having worked in a small town shop, mall salon and children’s hair boutique, I can honestly say, there is no place like Physical Features. It is a combination up-scale but affordable, professional yet personable.
With regards to my specialties, I focus mostly on traditional cut and styles, coloring and make-up. Other specialties include up-dos and smoothing systems such as GK, Brazilian Blowout etc.
To remain an asset to my clients, continuing education is a key component. My clients appreciate that I try to find a ‘look’ that fits them. In doing so, I consider their lifestyles, newest trends and of course; their opinions. Communication is key and I am always open and honest with my clients, as I want them to look great and feel great.
Maria “Ria” Bollaro
Ria has been in the salon industry for thirty years. Twenty-eight of those thirty have been here at Physical Features. She is always growing in her field and lives by the statement, “to remain an asset to you clients, continuing education is key.” Ria has always pursued education with top artists all over the state, which has allowed her to stay on the cutting edge of precision haircutting and coloring for both women and men.
She specializes in the GK and Keratin Complex Smoothing System, advanced hair coloring and highlights, men’s and women’s haircuts and blowouts. The finishing product is everything and this is where Ria’s expertise comes in to play. She brings knowledge, professionalism and warm individuality to each of her clients.
After all these years in the industry, Ria feels her clients and co-workers have become family. Offering a blend of top professionalism and warmth is what makes lifetime clients.
I decided to follow in “My Father’s” footsteps of being a hairstylist. After graduating Beauty School, I worked in my father’s salon until his retirement in 1998. Since then, I have been a stylist at Physical Features.
We all have many different talents when it comes to hair. However, we each have our own specialties and distinctive areas that excite us individually. With regards to myself, I’m passionate about formal styling and up-do’s for weddings and proms. Specializing in hair coloring, long hair layered cuts, short hair and blow-dry styling. I am a very creative stylist and love when clients give me complete freedom to create a new style for them. In addition, my clients describe me as fun, talented and a caring person who listens to them.
Continuing education for me is key. Consequently, I attend many hands-on classes showing the latest methodology and products in cutting and coloring. Staying abreast of the latest trends is what keeps my clients happy and excited to sit in my chair. I hold certifications as a professional colorist for Goldwell, Wella International, Clariol, Loreal and Colorly, to name a few.
One of the things I enjoy about working at Physical Features is that we are very much a “family” – we learn from one another, laugh together and help each other. I believe that when a new client comes to our salon, he/she will sense this atmosphere and be at ease. Our steady clientele too sense this warm and friendly environment and appreciate the quality of our work. They have confidence that we know their needs, likes/dislikes and respect their opinions.
I have worked in the hairdressing profession for 29 years. For 27 of those years, I have dedicated my time and expertise at Physical Features.
One of the main reasons I enjoy working here is the warm, friendly and fun atmosphere. Not only does this environment affect me, but also clients too constantly mention how “comfortable” they are with our easy yet professional salon community.
Clients also mention how hard we who work at Physical Features as we strive to reach perfection in everything that we offer. Through continuing education, I have become an expert in hair straightening and smoothing treatments that changes the structure of unruly curly hair. Along with the smoothing treatments, I specialize in corrective coloring. Most clients do not realize the steps and processes involved in correctly altering the color of ones hair. This is where my expertise comes in to play. Lastly, along with the above-mentioned specialties, I am very creative when it comes to formal hair styling and bridal up-do’s. By constantly attending classes, always learning and experimenting with new styles, this keeps Physical Features and myself in the forefront of the salon industry.