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About The Strand Salon & Spa

The Strand Salon & Spa, an AVEDA Concept Salon offers a full line of beauty and wellness services including haircuts, hair color, hair extensions, massage, facials, spray tanning, waxing, nail services, makeup and more. We carry exclusively AVEDA hair and skin care products. We are conveniently located at 1704 Augustine Cut Off, Wilmington, Delaware 19803.

Opened in 2004, The Strand Salon & Spa is independently owned and operated by Linda Gaster and her husband Gary. Sharing in the Aveda belief system of treating ourselves, each other, and the planet with care and respect, the culture of The Strand was built with work-life balance in mind. That true leadership is delivered with passion and by example, and all of our actions, products and services should always embody excellence.

Linda’s diverse career path and passion for the beauty industry helped her build a team of technical experts that share her philosophy of making a positive difference in people’s lives. Our team policy of cross promoting service providers ensures your service and scheduling needs are met. At The Strand you are always a guest of the entire team.

Community involvement includes volunteering for the American Cancer Society, Look Good Feel Better Program. Recognized participant of AVEDA’s Earth Month Philanthropy Program.

Our Staff

Linda Gaster


Linda entered the beauty industry after graduating Fort Myers Beauty College in 1979. Her experience working as a hair designer and makeup artist for various salons and cosmetic companies, led her to focus on management and a desire to be a business owner. After pursuing a business degree from Neumann College in 1994, Linda held positions in project management outside the industry. Missing her passion, for making others look and feel their best, she decided to return to the beauty industry. Linda held positions as a district salon manager, educator, and recruiter for a major Chain Salon/Retailer in preparation for opening The Strand Salon & Spa.

Choosing the right team, educating and continuous mentoring is the key to success.


Master Stylist

Tracey has over sixteen years experience as a multi-talented stylist. Working at the Strand since 2005, she specializes in haircutting, color, multi-dimensional highlighting, grey blending, formal hairstyling, Keratin smoothing treatments and facial waxing. Tracey earned certifications in Coppola Keratin Smoothing Therapy, Aveda Customized Color Solutions, and AVEDA Men’s Grey Blending Techniques.

Tracey has a vast knowledge of Aveda’s products and services. She believes in continuing education to improve her talents and stay current on the latest trends.



Senior Stylist/Hair Extension Specialist

Christina trained at AVEDA’s exclusive Jean Madeline Institute in Philadelphia. A seven year professional at The Strand, Christina is experienced in all aspects of hair care, but specializes in naturally curly and textured hair. Christina trained with various AVEDA Experts for color, women and men’s haircutting, and also formal hair styles. She is certified by S.O. Cap Hair Extensions, Coppola Keratin Smoothing Therapy and AVEDA’s own Smooth Infusion Retexturizing System. Christina’s guests receive styling direction and product knowledge to achieve their new look at home.

“Serve selflessly, seeing our customers as ourselves.” – Horst Rechelbacher

Ann Vandiver

Master Stylist – Day Maker

Advanced education and training in hair cutting, styling, coloring and texturizing has allowed Ann to constantly create current styles for men, women and children. Her exceptional customer service and technical skills will surely give you, your best image ever, while making your day a little brighter! She is great at helping to teach customers to recreate their look at home!

“I am passionate about making people look and feel great!” – Ann



Rebecca Reed studied cosmetology over 18 years ago at Hogdson Vocational High School. Rebecca went on the study skin care at The Skin Care School and extensive training in advanced skin care within a plastic surgeons office. She has performed make-up artistry for all occasions including photo shoots for Delaware today and Spark Magazine. Rebecca also served as an examiner for the cosmetology and aesthetic board for the state of Delaware from 2011-2013. Certification includes Coppola Keratin Smoothing Therapy and extensive training with professional hair color lines.  Rebecca is not only passionate about beautiful hair and skin but also educating her clients on how to recreate their look.



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