I went to Val at Laboratory a few weeks ago. I am closer to Morristown than you are, though. I went b/c of recommendations on this site.

I am not sure what I think anymore (which is why I still haven't submitted a formal review). At first I was very happy. She spent a lot of time & gave me a lot of helpful tips. She really seemed to know curly hair & what she said & did seemed to match the CG method. And she was really really nice. And I looked good!

But I have had to keep trimming my hair, b/c it is so uneven. I thought the point of a dry cut was to take the varying curl patterns into account & cut accordingly. On the other hand, maybe it takes a few times? I don't know.

I have a bigger issue with the Bumble & Bumble products I went home with. She actually recommended 5 Bumble & Bumble products for a total of something like $130. Yeah, right. I know that salons push their products, so I'm prepared for that--it's just an annoyance. What bothers me is that I discovered (after weeks of use) that the 2 products I did buy both contain dimethicone. I wasn't planning on sticking with them--I just wanted something while I researched what I wanted to try longer term--but this bothered me. I thought this was such a major no-no (although responses to a post I made on this weren't quite as alarmed as I was :-) ) I am getting a better curl now, but I'd still prefer not to have the cones in my hair.

I think I paid about $75.

In looking around, I've found mixed reviews for supposedly curly salons nearby, so I'm really not sure what to do. I'm actually considering the trek to Devachan, although if you read their reviews, they're mixed too....I may wind up trying another stylist at Laboratory, but I think I'd bring my own products (if I have the nerve). Hopefully by then I'll have figured out what the right ones are!