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Get to Know Our Team

The Beauty Crew for You

Vida Hair & Skin believes that our customers leave happy if we greet them with a smile, kindness and treat them like family.  Our amazing team of professionals have been crafting the best looks for over 20 years, and we’re here to provide you with the personalized attention you need. Everyone deserves to look dashing — pop into our Beauty Salon and see what we have to offer!

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Mercy Gavilanez

Stylist / Colorist /Barber

Mercy is a native of Ecuador and has lived in New jersey for 24 years but began her career as a hair designer/colorist of both man and women in the beauty industry in her homeland for several years before coming to America. Mercy is one of four hairstylist in her family and currently co-owns Vida Hair and skin with her daughter Laura. As a bilingual stylist mercy has always had a following in the Latino community and believes that by reaching people through beauty it is also her ministry as a spiritual women. Mercy found her footing in a small shop in the Ironbound area where her career blossom into a much bigger dream that took her to West orange to her first solely owned full service salon own and on to her now second Salon and Spa Vida hair and Skin. “I am very passionate about my job and each individual that sits in my chair” “ Everything I do I do it with love because that’s the unconditional love that GOD has for me”  “Being of service to my community in West Orange is important to me and I am very grateful that I am able to live in a community that supports one another” Mercy is well rounded in her skills of cutting and coloring and working with all hair types. She insist on not just herself but all her staff to be current in their furthering education as stylists.
I invite each and everyone of you to come and join us as our guest and enjoy your experience at Vida Hair and Skin.


Laura Tapia

Master Esthetician

Have an upcoming event you need to attend? Laura Tapia is our leading Esthetician  and your number one expert for all your skin beauty related needs. Party, wedding, prom or interview — Laura guarantees your best look ever. Stop by today for a full Facial Treatment!

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