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"I refer to Kieran as “ Da Vinci” - he is a creative genius when it comes to hair!"

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– Valarie Overton

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Khloe Kardashian may have hairstylists at her fingertips to make her look like she just stepped off the beach with perfect, long waves. Well, you also have a celeb stylist right here at HollywoodLife to give an easy to follow, step-by-step hair tutorial to help you get those beachy waves, just in time for summer! NYC-based stylist Kieran McKenna, who has worked with Kate HudsonRebecca Romijn and more, has mastered this carefree summer look and give you all the info you need to recreate this hair trend!

“Recreating beachy waves without going to the beach is a lot easier than it sounds. The key? Make sure your curls don’t look too perfect — you want to look like you’ve been swimming in the ocean all day,” Kieran says. “Summer is a more relaxed time of year, less clothing, less makeup because you have more color. Beachy waves are perfect for this time of year.  It replicates that sexy, relaxed beach look, giving you that perfect synergy between your hair, clothes, and makeup.  And best of all it looks good on everyone!” Ok, so how do we do it?!

“Separate a two-thirds section of hair and clip it up and out of the way, leaving the bottom third portion of your hair down,” Kieran explains. Before you put heat to your hair, the stylist recommends using the Oribe Balm D’Or ($45)hair protectant, a cream, which will help nourish your hair. Then, it’s time to start curling with a 1 or 2-inch wand! “Take a 1 or 2 inch sections of hair and wrap it around the wand, leaving the ends uncurled. After leaving your hair on the wand for a few seconds, release the section of hair and immediately tug on the end of the curl to loosen it to the desired wave to prevent super-tight curls and give off that relaxed beach look,” Kieran instructs. “Re-section your hair, ear to ear across the top of your head, dropping the back over your already waved hair. Continue to curl your hair in the same size sections, but alternate curling the sections in different directions — toward your face, away from your face — to create a messier texture, making your waves look more organic.”

“Leave the front pieces for last. Curl the face framing sections of hair away from your face for a more flattering wave,” Kieran explains. “Beachy waves need a little texture to achieve, so use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($46)and spray your roots and strands to finish the look, and then break up your curls with your fingers to tousle your waves.” He warns not to use a brush or comb to avoid frizz and pulling out your curls! If you want to recreate this look, but don’t want to do it yourself, you can visit Kieran, yourself, at his NYC salon!

Looking for the perfect beachy waves? Read Kieran's easy-to-follow tutorial in 'Hollywood Life' by Bonnie Fuller

"Trying to get those effortless beach waves that actually take a lot of effort?! Celeb stylist Kieran McKenna has a step by step process to achieve those sexy, Khloe K.-inspired waves you want!"

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"Best Salon in NYC! Absolutely love this Salon, they pay attention to detail. The stylist/staff are friendly, accommodating & experienced. New Salon is gorgeous & very relaxing. Thank you!"

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– Erin Elisabeth

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"Kieran is the best hairstylist around. He is the “hair whisperer!” 5 stars for sure and his great personality is icing on the cake."

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– Helen Solimine Ryser

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"My favorite hair stylist ever. I fly from Minneapolis to NYC to get my hair cut by this superstar. I have been to the best of the best over the years but I have never found anyone who consistently gets it right every time like Kieran does. (... )"

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Kieran's advice in 'Woman's World': Short and Stylish Hairstyles for Women Over 50

June 5th, 2018. Read the full article by Tabitha Britt here.

A few excerpts:

"(...) The easiest, lowest maintenance hairstyle for a women over 50 is a short, textured style,” McKenna adds. “This is wash and wear. Towel dry and muss the hair up with a good quality texture paste or molding wax. Fiber Groom elastic texture paste from Oribe ($40, Amazon) is ideal for breaking the hair up and giving your short ‘Parisian’ look the perfect balance of separation, gloss, and texture.”

"(...) keep short hair soft, so it maintains a more feminine feel. If the lines are too strong, it can look too hard and masculine."

"(...) Women over 50 should embrace their grey only if it is a complimentary shade of grey or silver. As you age, your skin tone becomes more ‘ashy’ and grey hair can exacerbate that ashiness and be aging. If that is the case, you can color your hair with a blonde semi-permanent color gloss. This will not change the darker hair color, only make it glossier. It will, however, give a light tint to the grey and make it warmer, giving your hair a highlighted feel and a warmer, more complimentary tone. This is a non-committal approach to color, as over time it fades back to your natural color and is far more gentle on the hair than permanent color. This avoids you having to go to the salon to get your ‘skunk stripe’ regrowth covered every month."

Photo: Helen Mirren, Getty Images (via Woman's World)

Kieran's advice in 'Woman's World': Short and Stylish Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Read Kieran's full interview. (photo: Getty Images, via 'Woman's World')

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(We love being gossip)

May 25, 2018

"Celebrity hairstylist, Kieran McKenna, ​​and a select group of highly trained stylists formally of Oscar Blandi opened a boutique ​collective salon and concierge​, aptly named​ Kieran McKenna Salon on the Upper East Side."

We're big news in the New York Post!

"Celebrity hairstylist, Kieran McKenna, ​​and a select group of highly trained stylists formally of Oscar Blandi opened a boutique ​collective salon and concierge​, aptly named​ Kieran McKenna Salon on the Upper East Side." (We love being gossip.)

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"Kieran is not only an exceptionally talented stylist but a kind and generous man. He always puts so much time and effort into creating the perfect cut and wonderful experience for his clients. (... ) No one is more precise and intuitive than Kieran."

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