If you’re lucky to have a best friend who also happens to be a hair stylist – you’re in a good place – as for the rest of us, there’s Hair 491 in Montclair, a salon that’s like an extension of your family (except with much better hair!)
“At Hair 491, we love making people feel good about themselves,” said Alicia Acuna, owner and head stylist. “From funky styles for kids to classic styles for every generation, we have a stylist that will make everyone feel comfortable.”
Currently in their 11th year of business, Hair 491 has been working with women, men, and kids of all ages, helping them to find the look that not only reflects their style, but also their lifestyle. What makes them unique begins right at the beginning. First time clients are treated to a phone consultation where you’ll discuss what you do – whether you work in the city or at home, are chasing little kids around or an empty nester, love a hairdryer or don’t even own one – then they find out what you want in a haircut.
“Clients are matched to a stylist that fits their needs and wants,” said Acuna who’s been cutting hair for over 20 years. “These consultations help us get to know our clients, giving us an opportunity to understand their wants and needs and then marry that into the perfect hairstyle for them.”
Think of these consultations as your guarantee for a great haircut. At Hair 491, they are able to bring your vision into a reality that suits your reality. (No more blowing out layers when you’re running late… again). Whether it’s taking something trendy from the red carpet and making it user-friendly or modernizing an older hairstyle, they’re ultimate goal is to make you feel comfortable and leave with a smile on your face.
Continuing Education Keeps Hair 491 Stylists On the Cutting Edge
Known for their color expertise, Acuna is not only picky about who she brings on, but she’s passionate about mandatory continuing education. The team not only participates in monthly in house development and education programs (sometimes even bringing in current clients for models), but as a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, they consistently attend seminars to enrich their expertise.
The salon, now located in “The Vault,” an old bank building that’s been restored (and is also environmentally friendly), Hair 491 may be trendy, but it’s also known for being super comfortable. With a coffee shop next door, clients tend to hang out with laptops and coffees while waiting for their color to set.
“We’re a team of professionals in a friendly and casual environment,” said Acuna. “We always want our clients to leave with a haircut that is not only what they were looking for, but actually fits their day-to-day life.”
Just think of Hair 491 as the hair therapists you’ve been looking for!