A salon for the whole family

Owner and stylist, Maria Amato, realized her dream of opening a salon in downtown Allenhurst, NJ in 1980. Over the years, she’s attracted a tight-knit team of stylists who’ve shared in her vision of making Back Room Studio a place where you can get the latest styles while feeling like you’re home.

Specializing in both traditional and en vogue styles and coloring techniques, the team is driven by their passion to make every client look their best while feeling even better.

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Best hair salon in town. I have known the staff for 40 years. They are just the best people. Always friendly and welcoming. And they do their jobs with care.

- Ezra B

Professional and friendly owner and staff. Great cuts and highlights at a reasonable price

- Elizabeth G

I have been going to get my haircut here for years, they are GREAT. Very friendly people who get to know all of their customers. I HIGHLY recommend this business!

- Mike S


Cuts & trims

Haircuts & blowouts (women, men, kids)

Come get the latest trend or something classic. You’d be surprised what a skilled hand can do with just a brush and a drier.

Beard trim & clean up

Need a little hedge-trimming? Our clippers are just what you need to sharpen those lines and bring your face back under control.


Highlights & lowlights (full or partial)

Bring a little color into your life. Accent your hair with sun-kissed streaks, go bold with a solid color (or two), or simply make your thinning hair look more voluminous. There’s a trick for everything.

Root touch ups & smudges

Sometimes you have to go back to your roots. When you want a touch-up, we'll softly blend your current color in and make you look good as new.


Balayage is the art of hand-painting subtle highlights or color into your hair to add gradual, organic-looking depth and dimension. It can be applied to all hair types and is easily maintainable.


Balayage’s bolder cousin. Ombre adds a more pronounced sense of dimension and volume to your hair by boldly lightening it from the midpoint down.

Glaze (color or clear)

Add translucence and shine to any hair color, including gray. This conditioning treatment is what gives hair that healthy, silky sheen and elasticity.



Want to know what you look like in spirals, ribbons, or soft curls. Leave our salon with a bounce in your step AND in your hair.


Straighten those curls and let the light bounce off your silky, smooth hair.


Make your hair catch the eyes of others while staying out of yours? We'll prop it up into its own unique style.

Deep condition

GK juvexin treatment

This treatment is a godsend for stubborn, frizzy hair. Juvexin is a natural, keratin protein/peptide blend that helps repair and revitalize stressed hair, leaving it as silky and healthy as ever.

Olaplex treatment

This amazing treatment doesn’t just help protect your hair from the coloring process. It restores damaged hair and makes it stronger and healthier than ever.

Special occasions call for special treatment. Our experienced staff will make you look your absolute best when you need to.

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