Kenleigh Register Li, along with the entire staff at Joseph Zell and Company, welcome you to a new experience at our boutique salon.  We like to say that we are perfecting the fine art of beauty.

Our Team


Kenleigh Register Li purchased the salon from the Zell’s in early 2017 after nearly a decade of experience working with Joseph and Eve.  Kenleigh’s vision for the salon is to enhance the upscale experience that the salon’s sophisticated clients have received the past 26 years.  As the new owner, her ideal is to promote the absolute best in hairdressing skills in a boutique salon with vintage style.   Come enjoy a high-end experience with a down to earth vibe, where all clients feel relaxed and pampered.

Kenleigh brings professionalism, style, and warmth to her salon.  She received her cosmetology license from Miller-Motte College in Wilmington. She is color certified in Pravana and Redken, and specializes in L’anza Healing color and product knowledge. Kenleigh has also had hands on training with L’anza’s creative directors, Oscar and Wendy Bond at their academy in New Jersey, as well as attended L’anza’s Education Connection 2014 in Miami, Florida.

When Kenleigh isn’t at the salon, she is enjoying family time with her husband and two children.

Joseph Zell

Joseph was the featured stylist at Peter Coppola on Madison Avenue in New York City and has been credited in Glamour, McCall’s and Seventeen magazines.  Joseph opened Joseph Zell & Company in Wilmington 26 years ago. He holds cosmetology licenses in 3 states: New York, New Jersey and North Carolina, and was chosen to train hairstylists for international hair cutting competitions.

Layton Jernigan – I often think that Cosmetology chose me – it’s in my blood, after all.  I grew up watching and listening to my Grandmother, a respected Cosmetology teacher for over 30 years!  I credit her for sharing her talents with me.  My education initially concentrated in Art, which I believe is a necessary skill set for a modern, professional hair stylist.  Working and learning under the guide of such a seasoned professional as Joseph Zell will certainly make my clients, and my Grandmother, very proud.”

Nicole Smith has been a licensed esthetician for over 10 years in Wilmington, and specializes in custom facial treatments using Eminence 100% organic skin care products. She is a highly qualified eyelash extension artist, certified by Xtreme Lashes. Other services Nicole offers are waxing, micro-current treatments and LED light therapy.