After establishing a name for herself with makeup line Adora Bella Cosmetics, Korinne Lio opened Adora Bella Salon North Jersey with her stylist husband in 2006, and the duo has been sprucing up manes and mugs ever since. Along with their close-knit team of beauty-industry professionals, the husband-and-wife team strives to maintain a cozy, family-friendly vibe, where kids can feel just as welcome as the ladies who drop in for after-hours makeover parties. The couple compare their accessibly elegant studio to a shabby, chic living room, complete with crystal chandeliers, a tin ceiling, and a satellite radio that broadcasts fun ‘80s tunes, current hits, and occasional gossip from salons stationed on the moon.
Inside the welcoming space, products by L’Oréal, Wella, and the all-organic line Use Me help tame tresses during services that range from classic cuts and corrective color to frizz-conquering keratin treatments. Beyond making clients feel good about themselves, Lio and her team strive to give back to the community through their work with the New Jersey MS chapter, which they support each year during fundraising events, cut-a-thons, and makeovers.
Vincent Vanzandt has done his fair share of traveling. His formal training at the Sassoon Academy first whisked him away to California and then took him across the sea to London. He soon found himself in New York as a Farouk Systems educator before opening his own salon outside the city. There, he works with other internationally trained stylists to create beautiful new looks with their haircare services. While waiting for their appointments to begin, clients sit in the salon's comfortable waiting area where they can read magazines, sit in plush, cushioned chairs, admire large green plants, or mold shredded magazines into the style of hair they want.
Over the past dozen or so years, Elisabeth Wolfson has refined her approach to haircare. The biggest change? Doing away with heavy, ammonia- and chemical-laden products, both personally and in her beauty parlor, Sano Salon & Color Bar. She and her team of talented and highly educated stylists use solely ammonia-free (or, at the very least, low-ammonia) products by the likes of Kevin Murphy, Framesi, and MoroccanOil. It’s all part of Wolfson’s mission to help clients maintain and recreate chic, healthy styles at home. Sano’s staff dispenses helpful information for at-home haircare throughout each haircut and color appointment. Learn everything from how to make styles—like their signature DuraBliss blowout—last for days to why its essential to only dry-clean cashmere wigs.
Beyond stints in the styling chair, Sano’s clients can also relax in the nail corner for indulgent organic mani-pedis.
Total Concept Hair Salon has been doling out fresh haircuts for 30 years. The master and senior stylists have stayed abreast of changes in hair design and techniques, making them adept in everything from highlights and cutting-edge coloring services, to traditional perms. Specialists in full-body beauty, they also manicures, makeup, and facials that render complexions as radiant as a bride standing under a black light.