The Salon

Our Mission

“Because you wear your hair every day.”

– Kieran McKenna

For a long time I have felt that hairdressing in New York has been missing something. Salons have become too large, too factory-like with an emphasis on volume. Hairdressers putting their egos ahead of their clients’ needs. Photo shoots moving away from making models look beautiful and glamorous. Instead, making them look edgy and unrelatable, alienating a huge segment of women. I believe a course correction is needed.

So with this in mind, I have brought together an absolutely amazing group of talented hairdressers, the cream of the crop, and I have set them a challenge. To dedicate themselves to their clients. To provide an oasis in Manhattan, a creative hive in which all of our passion and artistry is focused solely on providing unrivaled service and giving our clients the most beautiful, luxurious hair possible in an elegant boutique setting.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kieran McKenna

Kieran’s Story

Kieran started his career at the age of fourteen as a shampoo boy in a local village salon in England. By sixteen he had earned a Master Stylists Degree and joined the prestigious John Frieda Salon in London’s Mayfair, embarking on an apprenticeship under the great John Frieda himself. Photo shoots for such magazines as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar quickly followed, along with celebrities and London’s discerning fashionistas, all eager to get his signature ‘perfect’ cuts.

1990 brought his artistry across the Atlantic to NYC, creating looks backstage for fashion powerhouses such as Marc Jacobs and Prada.

As his reputation as a consummate professional grew, so did his clientele and they soon found themselves having to book their next appointment before they left the salon or face months of waiting before he was able to tend to their tresses again.

Now he has turned that same passion for excellence into creating Manhattans premier salon bringing together an unrivaled team of dedicated professionals.

> Kieran on Instagram> more about Kieran

Tour the Salon

Our Creative Director

With over 20 years experience, Gregory Purcell is one of the industry's most prolific and respected hair stylists. He is constantly pushing the envelope of hair design, with effortless, modern interpretations of classic styles and innovative techniques. Gregory has tended to the tresses of celebrity clients such as Stephanie Seymour, Kate Moss and Kate Hudson, and has styled for an extensive list of high-profile publications, like Glamour, Maxim, Elle and Interview Magazine. Next to the Kieran McKenna salon, Gregory can also be found redefining the avantgarde at New York's Fashion Week, and on film and TV sets. He has created looks for 'Sex & the City 2', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'The Place Beyond the Pines' – and most recently – the Fox TV show 'Gotham' and the upcoming Martin Scorsese film 'The Irishman' with Robert De Niro.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Gregory has also poured his experience into 'Attitude', his own line of professional styling products, available here. 

> Read Gregory's interview by 'Modern Salon'
> Shop 'Attitude'

Meet the Artists

Ana

Hospitality Coordinator

From the minute Brittany joined our team, her warm smile and cheerful demeanor made her an instant client favorite at our front desk. Her attention to detail and dedication to client service ensure you will be taken care of, from the moment you book your appointment, to the moment you walk out of the door – looking and feeling fabulous. Her professionalism and pride in her work is infectious and has elevated our front desk to new levels of client satisfaction. We know you will love her as much as we do. “Two sure ways to fail: Think and never do or do and never think.”

Brittany Acevedo

Front Desk

A graduate from the Aveda Institute and major NYC hair salons, Caitlin has gained a reputation for beautiful blow-drys, stunning up-dos and braids. Looking to expand her passion for hair styling, she joined the Kieran McKenna Salon team as the manager of our Blow&Go blow-dry bar. Bringing her considerable talents to the fore she has put together an exceptional group of blow-dry specialists. "Follow your passion, listen to your heart and trust in the process. Your dreams matter."

Caitlin O'Donnell

Stylist

Carid has been a senior hairstylist at the forefront of Manhattan hairdressing for numerous years and has an extensive knowledge of styles and techniques. His precision cuts made him known as the ‘hairdresser's hairdresser’. Also an incredibly generous mentor, Carid is the head of our training program. He has been quoted in 'The New York Times' and 'OK' magazine and featured on TV shows such as 'Good Morning America' and 'Access Hollywood'. “My goal is to create an image for my clients that reflects their inner beauty.”

Carid

Senior Stylist

Diana’s passion for creativity and beauty drives her to pour her heart and soul into making her clients look beautiful and ‘feel like a million bucks’. Paying meticulous attention to detail has gained her a reputation as a perfectionist and her knowledge of hair products is unparalleled. Diana is one of the industry’s leading blow-dry technicians and is constantly expanding her education to further hone her skills. “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.”

Diana Fernandez

Blow-Dry Stylist

Doug is one of New York City’s most talented and celebrated hair colorists. His loyal clients include Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Renee Zellweger, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, and Abbie Cornish. Doug’s artistic, fine arts school trained eye, and his incredible wealth of technical knowledge about hair color chemistry and performance are unparalleled. Doug’s forte is his mastery of dimensional techniques including foil highlighting, low lighting, gray blending and balayage. Doug honed his natural talent and eye under renowned hair colorist Beth Minardi. Since then, he has worked at multiple New York City top salons as a Color Director. He has been instrumental in the development of color lines by leading industry brands. Doug has been featured in Allure and The New York Times, in How To Look Expensive, and on VH1’s Greatest Runway Mishaps and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. He is also an expert and judge for the prestigious DailyGlow Best New Products awards.



Doug Macintosh

Senior Colorist

“A magician!" With her strong passion for beauty, Jana has been honing her skills while working with some of Manhattans top hairdressers. Her unrivaled reputation for corrective color has made her one of New York’s premier colorists for clients seeking to remedy all kinds of hair color disasters, and for numerous makeovers in TV and print. She is a certified Master of Balayage and an expert of foil highlights and coloring extensions. Jana takes humble pride in ensuring every client leaves looking and feeling beautiful.

Jana Nigrovic

Colorist

Jason didn't become one of New York City's most sought after colorist's by accident. The 20 year veteran has built an impeccable reputation over the course of his career, gaining critical acclaim for his work in cutting-edge techniques such as ombre and balayage. Since entering the New York City hair scene Jason has taken on an impressive clientele of actors and actresses, models, fashion editors and media personalities. His talents have brought him from the runways of NYFW to the pages of allure magazine and many others. 

Jason Dolan

Senior Colorist

Jinal Patel

Salon Manager

Joelle was trained at the Jean Louis David Salon at Henri Bendel’s, then studied under Bruno Dessange in Paris, and was one of his original stylists when he opened in NYC. While she served as Creative Director of the Oribe Salon on Fifth Ave., Joelle styled hair at fashion shows in Milan, Paris and NYC, incl. Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and more. Joelle was the first female hairstylist to style the cover of Cosmopolitan with Claudia Schiffer and famed photographer Francesco Scavullo. Vogue, Allure, GQ, Glamour, Instyle, and Marie Claire have all featured Joelle and her work. With her artistry, warmth, understanding, empathy and humor, Joelle knows how to help her clients perfect a look that works for their individual lifestyles.

Joelle

Senior Stylist

June

color apprentice

KC travelled 7,535 miles from Kathmandu Nepal to New York City to fulfill his dream of becoming one of the city’s premier hair stylists. As a young child he would style his sister's hair, progressing to his friends and by the time he was a teenager, becoming one of Nepal’s top stylists. Passionate about his craft, KC lives to make his clients happy, specializing in beautiful, soft, easy to manage styles. He is also a master with the dryer – one of our salon's top blow-dry technicians. "Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life."

KC Bishal

Stylist

Mr. Keith is the man responsible for keeping our salon looking beautiful and running well. He started his career making furniture and cabinetry for the salon industry before moving into salon maintenance. There isn’t a shampoo basin or hairdryer Keith can’t fix. With over 30 years experience, he has worked with all the top salons on Madison Avenue, and without his skills our creative team couldn’t do what we do. "Where there is quality, you’ll find a craftsman."

Keith Lindsey

Maintenance Supervisor

Laura Kalendareva

Color Apprentice

A seasoned hairdresser with a bold and playful personality, Manuela is renowned for her meticulous blowouts, Brazilian keratin perfection and execution in everything from short haircuts, to long, lavish and sexy layers. As a NYC native, Manuela follows the city’s ever-changing trends to ensure her clients are stylish and satisfied. Manuela has styled celebrities, fashion icons and an extensive list of everyday clients.

Manuela Garcia

Keratin Specialist

No one is better at making clients feel welcome and appreciated than Stephon.  He will always go the extra mile to accommodate a client’s needs and to make sure our front desk is the best on Madison Avenue. The very epitome of poise and grace under fire, his kindness and dedication to customer service has made him an invaluable member of our front desk team and the go-to person when clients need that extra care or attention. “The only person I try to be better than, is the person I was yesterday.” 

Stephon Samuel

Front Desk Services

A graduate from the Aveda Institute and major NYC hair salons, Caitlin has gained a reputation for beautiful blow-drys, stunning up-dos and braids. Looking to expand her passion for hair styling, she joined the Kieran McKenna Salon team as the manager of our Blow&Go blow-dry bar. Bringing her considerable talents to the fore she has put together an exceptional group of blow-dry specialists. "Follow your passion, listen to your heart and trust in the process. Your dreams matter."

Caitlin O'Donnell

Caitlin O'Donnell

Stylist

Carid has been a senior hairstylist at the forefront of Manhattan hairdressing for numerous years and has an extensive knowledge of styles and techniques. His precision cuts made him known as the ‘hairdresser's hairdresser’. Also an incredibly generous mentor, Carid is the head of our training program. He has been quoted in 'The New York Times' and 'OK' magazine and featured on TV shows such as 'Good Morning America' and 'Access Hollywood'. “My goal is to create an image for my clients that reflects their inner beauty.”

Carid

Carid

Senior Stylist

Diana’s passion for creativity and beauty drives her to pour her heart and soul into making her clients look beautiful and ‘feel like a million bucks’. Paying meticulous attention to detail has gained her a reputation as a perfectionist and her knowledge of hair products is unparalleled. Diana is one of the industry’s leading blow-dry technicians and is constantly expanding her education to further hone her skills. “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.”

Diana Fernandez

Diana Fernandez

Blow-Dry Stylist

Joelle was trained at the Jean Louis David Salon at Henri Bendel’s, then studied under Bruno Dessange in Paris, and was one of his original stylists when he opened in NYC. While she served as Creative Director of the Oribe Salon on Fifth Ave., Joelle styled hair at fashion shows in Milan, Paris and NYC, incl. Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and more. Joelle was the first female hairstylist to style the cover of Cosmopolitan with Claudia Schiffer and famed photographer Francesco Scavullo. Vogue, Allure, GQ, Glamour, Instyle, and Marie Claire have all featured Joelle and her work. With her artistry, warmth, understanding, empathy and humor, Joelle knows how to help her clients perfect a look that works for their individual lifestyles.

Joelle

Joelle

Senior Stylist

KC travelled 7,535 miles from Kathmandu Nepal to New York City to fulfill his dream of becoming one of the city’s premier hair stylists. As a young child he would style his sister's hair, progressing to his friends and by the time he was a teenager, becoming one of Nepal’s top stylists. Passionate about his craft, KC lives to make his clients happy, specializing in beautiful, soft, easy to manage styles. He is also a master with the dryer – one of our salon's top blow-dry technicians. "Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life."

KC Bishal

KC Bishal

Stylist

A seasoned hairdresser with a bold and playful personality, Manuela is renowned for her meticulous blowouts, Brazilian keratin perfection and execution in everything from short haircuts, to long, lavish and sexy layers. As a NYC native, Manuela follows the city’s ever-changing trends to ensure her clients are stylish and satisfied. Manuela has styled celebrities, fashion icons and an extensive list of everyday clients.

Manuela Garcia

Manuela Garcia

Keratin Specialist

Doug is one of New York City’s most talented and celebrated hair colorists. His loyal clients include Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Renee Zellweger, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, and Abbie Cornish. Doug’s artistic, fine arts school trained eye, and his incredible wealth of technical knowledge about hair color chemistry and performance are unparalleled. Doug’s forte is his mastery of dimensional techniques including foil highlighting, low lighting, gray blending and balayage. Doug honed his natural talent and eye under renowned hair colorist Beth Minardi. Since then, he has worked at multiple New York City top salons as a Color Director. He has been instrumental in the development of color lines by leading industry brands. Doug has been featured in Allure and The New York Times, in How To Look Expensive, and on VH1’s Greatest Runway Mishaps and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. He is also an expert and judge for the prestigious DailyGlow Best New Products awards.



Doug Macintosh

Doug Macintosh

Senior Colorist

“A magician!" With her strong passion for beauty, Jana has been honing her skills while working with some of Manhattans top hairdressers. Her unrivaled reputation for corrective color has made her one of New York’s premier colorists for clients seeking to remedy all kinds of hair color disasters, and for numerous makeovers in TV and print. She is a certified Master of Balayage and an expert of foil highlights and coloring extensions. Jana takes humble pride in ensuring every client leaves looking and feeling beautiful.

Jana Nigrovic

Jana Nigrovic

Colorist

Jason didn't become one of New York City's most sought after colorist's by accident. The 20 year veteran has built an impeccable reputation over the course of his career, gaining critical acclaim for his work in cutting-edge techniques such as ombre and balayage. Since entering the New York City hair scene Jason has taken on an impressive clientele of actors and actresses, models, fashion editors and media personalities. His talents have brought him from the runways of NYFW to the pages of allure magazine and many others. 

Jason Dolan

Jason Dolan

Senior Colorist
June

June

color apprentice
Laura Kalendareva

Laura Kalendareva

Color Apprentice
Ana

Ana

Hospitality Coordinator

From the minute Brittany joined our team, her warm smile and cheerful demeanor made her an instant client favorite at our front desk. Her attention to detail and dedication to client service ensure you will be taken care of, from the moment you book your appointment, to the moment you walk out of the door – looking and feeling fabulous. Her professionalism and pride in her work is infectious and has elevated our front desk to new levels of client satisfaction. We know you will love her as much as we do. “Two sure ways to fail: Think and never do or do and never think.”

Brittany Acevedo

Brittany Acevedo

Front Desk
Jinal Patel

Jinal Patel

Salon Manager

Mr. Keith is the man responsible for keeping our salon looking beautiful and running well. He started his career making furniture and cabinetry for the salon industry before moving into salon maintenance. There isn’t a shampoo basin or hairdryer Keith can’t fix. With over 30 years experience, he has worked with all the top salons on Madison Avenue, and without his skills our creative team couldn’t do what we do. "Where there is quality, you’ll find a craftsman."

Keith Lindsey

Keith Lindsey

Maintenance Supervisor

No one is better at making clients feel welcome and appreciated than Stephon.  He will always go the extra mile to accommodate a client’s needs and to make sure our front desk is the best on Madison Avenue. The very epitome of poise and grace under fire, his kindness and dedication to customer service has made him an invaluable member of our front desk team and the go-to person when clients need that extra care or attention. “The only person I try to be better than, is the person I was yesterday.” 

Stephon Samuel

Stephon Samuel

Front Desk Services