Hair491

About Hair491

Extensive Experience

Our stylists have over 10 years of experience to expertly style your hair.

Luxury Salon

Indulge in our upscale salon with complimentary beverages and WiFi.

Hair Extensions

We offer seamless extensions to add length, volume and style.

About Hair491

The Hair 491 Difference

At Hair 491, our commitment to our clients sets us apart. We take time to consult with you to create a personalized look perfect for your hair type, face shape, and sense of style.

Founder / Owner

Alicia Acuna Vacca Designer Stylist

Becoming an expert hair stylist and salon owner may have been destiny for Alicia, who spent her teens coloring friends’ hair in the high school locker room before deciding to turn her first love into her life work.

 

A licensed stylist since 1997, Alicia is a master in her craft with a passion for hair color, keeping up with the latest techniques and hair trends on the fashion scene. She specializes in creating long, sexy cuts, short bobs, and of course, creative & dramatic funky colors. Whatever her clients' needs, Alicia creates individualized styles that flatter. A firm believer in continuous education, Alicia stays ahead of the curve by organizing & attending classes with her staff. For four years, she also worked as a color educator, traveling to salons and stylists across the region to share her skills and knowledge.

Team

Our Stylists

For over 10 years, Hair 491 has been the salon that discerning clients trust for beautiful, on-trend hairstyles. Our expert stylists combine technical excellence with a keen eye for precision to create looks tailored just for you. We stay on top of the latest techniques and trends from balayage to runway-inspired cuts so your style is always fresh and fabulous

Partner

Joe Vacca

Partner with his wife Alicia, Joe is a Montclair high school alumni and has resided in Montclair ever since. With a BA degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Joe entered the corporate world building his sales and management experience before venturing into self employment. As highly motivated entrepreneurs and business owners, Joe and Alicia decided to combine there artistic and business skills to create their first hair salon formally known as Alicia’s Hair Design. With the help of a great team and staff the move to “Hair491” at the vault at 491 Bloomfield Ave was a natural transition and growth path for their successful hair salon.

Joe Vacca

Partner

Natalie Kasak

Designer Stylist

Designer Stylist

Natalie Kasak

After becoming a professional stylist 15 years ago, Natalie joined our team in 2006. For the last 13 years, she has provided her clients with exceptional service, plus a positive attitude that always puts people at ease. She loves how a simple cut, color, and style can have a positive impact on clients, and her expertise creating fresh, unique looks have earned Natalie high praise from her loyal following.

Growing up, Natalie shared a love for hair and make-up with her mother. In her early teens, she started asking her hair stylists questions about hair color at every appointment. It wasn’t long before she made her passion her profession.

Today, Natalie loves her work more than ever. She prides herself on listening to clients and making sure they feel comfortable and heard throughout their appointments. For Natalie, each day at Hair491 is a new opportunity to make her clients feel as beautiful both inside and out.

Senior Stylist

Gabrielle Neira

Searching for an avenue to release creativity, Gabrielle enrolled in beauty school. There she learned that beauty is much more than what is on the outside, it comes from within; and when you feel good with how you look, it radiates from within. Gabrielle learned very quickly that she loved making people feel good about themselves. With her form of creativity, she captures the essence of her client’s happiness.

Gabrielle went to Capri Institute and delighted in the many facets of beauty; she is certified in Keratin, make-up, and hair extensions. Gabrielle learned from her very first clients as a student that art speaks in so many ways and touches a person’s soul. She is reminded that one should take time to care for themselves, even with a simple trim and blow dry – as she made one of her very first clients so happy, they cried with tears of joy. This was a pivotal moment for Gabrielle because she knew that she wanted to do so much more for her clients and sees them not only with her creative eyes, but her heart.

Gabrielle Neira

Senior Stylist

Maria A

Stylist

Stylist

Maria A

After becoming a professional stylist 15 years ago, Natalie joined our team in 2006. For the last 13 years, she has provided her clients with exceptional service, plus a positive attitude that always puts people at ease. She loves how a simple cut, color, and style can have a positive impact on clients, and her expertise creating fresh, unique looks have earned Natalie high praise from her loyal following.

Growing up, Natalie shared a love for hair and make-up with her mother. In her early teens, she started asking her hair stylists questions about hair color at every appointment. It wasn’t long before she made her passion her profession.

Today, Natalie loves her work more than ever. She prides herself on listening to clients and making sure they feel comfortable and heard throughout their appointments. For Natalie, each day at Hair491 is a new opportunity to make her clients feel as beautiful both inside and out.

Alexa E

Senior Stylist

 Hitting the ground running, Alexa got her start in hair through bridal styling. After about four years of early morning weddings, her father gave her the push and confidence she needed to get her cosmetology license. Since then, she has taken multiple elite color classes and became a vivid color specialist. 

She is very open and easy to talk to. She encourages her clients to be themselves and embrace their beauty both inside and out. No matter what kind of day you are having, you will leave her chair with a smile on your face. Getting your hair done by her is not your typical routine touch up. It’s an experience. 

Having a background in music, film, and interior design; Alexa has always exercised her creativity. She enjoys educating herself on different hair techniques, piano playing, and conversational Japanese. She is a good example of what it means to live your life in color.

“Life’s too short not to have fun hair!