The Salon

Our Mission

“Because you wear your hair every day.”

– Kieran McKenna

For a long time, I felt that hairdressing in New York had been missing something. Salons had become too impersonal, too factory like, the care and attention had gone. When we started our salon, I told my team to imagine a salon that’s like ‘Cheers meets Christian Dior’, that’s what we should strive to achieve. That perfect balance of luxury and expert craftsmanship but in a warm, friendly environment. And now, in these extremely difficult and uncertain times, that mission statement couldn’t be more apt.

We have an absolutely amazing group of talented hairdressers, the ‘cream of the crop’ and I have set them a challenge. To rededicate themselves to you, our client. To provide an oasis where all of our focus is on you. Giving you a curated, bespoke experience, solely tailored to your unique needs.

We know that we are not the only salon in New York and that you have many choices and options and because of this, we are truly grateful you have chosen us to take care of all of your hair care needs.
We go to extraordinary lengths to provide extraordinary service. Warm, personalized and most importantly right now, safe. An environment in which you can escape for a while. A chance to decompress, recharge, to reconnect and leave feeling beautiful and positive about yourself, ready to take on the extraordinary challenges we are all facing at this time. And, as our client, know, we will always be here for you.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kieran McKenna
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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.

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Tour the Salon

Meet the Artists

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

Color Director

Beth's professional life is dedicated to the elevation of salon hair color to an art form. Her profound experience stems from her years at Clairol and Redken, where she developed entirely new color product brands and developed and directed their hair color education programs. To be closer to her clients, she co-founded a salon on NYC's Upper East Side, where she soon became a client and magazine editor favorite, before joining our team. Beth's clientele is used to nothing but the best. Her techniques and product choices provide a rich level of conditioning, coloring the hair with luxurious shine. Whether blonde, brunette or red hair, her work is chiefly dimensional, with a highlight 'reflect' that creates even-better-than-natural results, ranging from ultra soft to strong contrasts in fashion forward shades. Beth has received numerous awards, incl. the 'Salon Icon Award' by the National Cosmetologists Assoc., the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the Professional Beauty Assoc. and 'Best Hair Colorist' by American Salon Magazine. She is a frequent contributing editor to 'Modern Salon' and 'The Colorist' magazines.

Beth Minardi

Beth Minardi

Artistic Director

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

Donna moved to New York from Romania to further her professional hair career, working with the AKS Salon on Madison Avenue, quickly becoming the go to hairdresser for NYC luminaries such as Tory Burch and Sybil Yurman.

She then moved to the renowned Pierre Michel Salon as her clientele increased, cementing her reputation as a precise hair cutter and master blow-dryer.

“It is so fulfilling and gratifying when my clients leave our salon smiling. I love it!”

Donna Daniela Ivanciu

Donna Daniela Ivanciu

Stylist

Formery of the John Sahag Salon, Elizabeth has been creating amazing color in the beauty industry for over 20 years. Specializing in corrective color, she uses mild and ammonia free dye as well as organic color to compliment a clients skin tone with healthy ‘sun kissed’ highlights and rich lustrous single processes. The use of these products requires extensive expertise to achieve the desired effect and Elizabeth is a master. Her technique and ability to create the perfect color without damaging the hair is unrivaled, just ask any of her fiercely loyal clients. She has perfected the art of bringing dull, drab hair back to life, with brilliant shine and luster whilst maintaining the integrity of the hair. A true artist and a wonderful person, welcome to the family Elizabeth!  

Elizabeth Khawaja

Elizabeth Khawaja

Senior Colorist and Stylist

When he's not tending the tresses of famous clients such as Stephanie Seymour, Kate Moss or Kate Hudson. Or redefining avaunt-guard styles back stage at New York's Fashion Week, Gregory can be found on set creating the looks for TV shows and films such as Sex & the City 2, Boardwalk Empire and The Place Beyond the Pines.

With over 20 years experience, he is one of the industry's most prolific and respected hair stylists. Constantly pushing the envelope of hair design, effortlessly blending classic styles with modern interpretations and innovative techniques. He is always in demand by designers and directors alike. You can currently see Gregory's work on the Fox TV show Gotham and in the up coming Martin Scorsese film The Irishman with Robert De Niro.

Gregory Purcell

Gregory Purcell

Creative Director
Jinal Patel

Jinal Patel

Manager

Born and bred in New York, Joseph’s passion for hair started at a young age working on friends and family.

He then decided to turn his passion into a highly successful career, joining the world renowned Vidal Sassoon Salon to pursue more formal and extensive training which has catapulted him to the top of his profession.

Among his burgeoning list of clients are celebrities Norma Kamali, Elizabeth McGovern, Lana Young, and Delores O’Riordan — all seeking Joseph’s signature styles from superb natural-looking color to bold high-fashion looks.

Joseph Grimando

Joseph Grimando

Colorist

A born and raised Midwesterner, Katt’s passion for hair was realized at a young age, leading her to enroll at the prestigious Aveda Institute in downtown Madison, WI, where she developed an infatuation with hair and the science of hair color. This passion and drive brought her to Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a coveted apprenticeship under legendary Colorist Beth Minardi, who recently also joined the Kieran McKenna Salon. Taking her skills to another level, Katt has developed a fiercely loyal clientele devoted to her lush, rich color and beautifully crafted highlights. Attentive, caring and extremely professional, Katt is a wonderful addition to our team.

Katt Smith

Katt Smith

Colorist

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

Laura has had a passion for hair since she can remember. ‘You can definitely say it is in my blood!’ she says, as hairdressing runs in the family. She began her career at the age of 14, learning and working side by side with her father in the family Salon. Eventually, she branched out on her own and dedicated years of training in one of Madison Avenues top salons, working hand in hand with the top colorists. She quickly climbed the ladder from being an assistant to becoming a junior colorist. Joining the Kieran McKenna Salon, Laura has quickly become an essential member of our team and is the new generation of hair colorist. She believes in personalizing color according to her clients individual look and lifestyle and prides herself in the care and attention she gives each client. She is now managing a growing portfolio of loyal clients and is always striving to evolve and achieve new levels in hair color.

Laura Kalendareva

Laura Kalendareva

Colorist

Born in NYC and raised in Florida, Michelle returned to her roots attending Manhattans Empire Beauty School. After graduating she worked styling hair for Vera Wang where she learned the importance of balance and silhouette to compliment Vera’s dress creations.
Drawn more to the color side of hairdressing, Michelle has earned a reputation for creating sensational depth and dimension. Always putting her clients first, she easily translates their needs and requests into reality.
That, coupled with her phenomenal expertise with Keratin Treatments, Michelle has built an intensely loyal following.
‘Great hair makes you fearless!’ she states. ‘It gives you the confidence to take on the challenges life throws at you’.

Michelle

Michelle

colorist
Sabrina

Sabrina

Color Apprentice

Sherdon answered his true calling as a hair stylist after a longand successful corporate career. Upon completing beauty school, Sherdon says,“I had no idea what my career would look like - I just knew it had to beincredible.” And it has been. He has worked in salons in Beverly Hills andNew York maintaining a very loyal and diverse clientele ranging from theworking mom to celebrities. His passion for people, impeccable eye for creatingcustom cuts/styling/detail lead him to work in fashion week shows for both LosAngeles and New York, red carpets, editorial shoots, and music videos as wellas several feature films. He is an expert in Keratin Treatments, able tocustomize and tailor treatments to each individual client’s unique needs, ratherthan a ‘one fits all‘ experience. After nearly 12 years, Sherdon is justas excited and enthusiastic as he was on his first salon day.

“I love what I do every day and you should, too.”

Sherdon Lavan

Sherdon Lavan

Stylist and Keratin Expert

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

Guest 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

Donna moved to New York from Romania to further her professional hair career, working with the AKS Salon on Madison Avenue, quickly becoming the go to hairdresser for NYC luminaries such as Tory Burch and Sybil Yurman.

She then moved to the renowned Pierre Michel Salon as her clientele increased, cementing her reputation as a precise hair cutter and master blow-dryer.

“It is so fulfilling and gratifying when my clients leave our salon smiling. I love it!”

Donna Daniela Ivanciu

Donna Daniela Ivanciu

Stylist

Formery of the John Sahag Salon, Elizabeth has been creating amazing color in the beauty industry for over 20 years. Specializing in corrective color, she uses mild and ammonia free dye as well as organic color to compliment a clients skin tone with healthy ‘sun kissed’ highlights and rich lustrous single processes. The use of these products requires extensive expertise to achieve the desired effect and Elizabeth is a master. Her technique and ability to create the perfect color without damaging the hair is unrivaled, just ask any of her fiercely loyal clients. She has perfected the art of bringing dull, drab hair back to life, with brilliant shine and luster whilst maintaining the integrity of the hair. A true artist and a wonderful person, welcome to the family Elizabeth!  

Elizabeth Khawaja

Elizabeth Khawaja

Senior Colorist and Stylist

When he's not tending the tresses of famous clients such as Stephanie Seymour, Kate Moss or Kate Hudson. Or redefining avaunt-guard styles back stage at New York's Fashion Week, Gregory can be found on set creating the looks for TV shows and films such as Sex & the City 2, Boardwalk Empire and The Place Beyond the Pines.

With over 20 years experience, he is one of the industry's most prolific and respected hair stylists. Constantly pushing the envelope of hair design, effortlessly blending classic styles with modern interpretations and innovative techniques. He is always in demand by designers and directors alike. You can currently see Gregory's work on the Fox TV show Gotham and in the up coming Martin Scorsese film The Irishman with Robert De Niro.

Gregory Purcell

Gregory Purcell

Creative Director

Born and bred in New York, Joseph’s passion for hair started at a young age working on friends and family.

He then decided to turn his passion into a highly successful career, joining the world renowned Vidal Sassoon Salon to pursue more formal and extensive training which has catapulted him to the top of his profession.

Among his burgeoning list of clients are celebrities Norma Kamali, Elizabeth McGovern, Lana Young, and Delores O’Riordan — all seeking Joseph’s signature styles from superb natural-looking color to bold high-fashion looks.

Joseph Grimando

Joseph Grimando

Colorist

Sherdon answered his true calling as a hair stylist after a longand successful corporate career. Upon completing beauty school, Sherdon says,“I had no idea what my career would look like - I just knew it had to beincredible.” And it has been. He has worked in salons in Beverly Hills andNew York maintaining a very loyal and diverse clientele ranging from theworking mom to celebrities. His passion for people, impeccable eye for creatingcustom cuts/styling/detail lead him to work in fashion week shows for both LosAngeles and New York, red carpets, editorial shoots, and music videos as wellas several feature films. He is an expert in Keratin Treatments, able tocustomize and tailor treatments to each individual client’s unique needs, ratherthan a ‘one fits all‘ experience. After nearly 12 years, Sherdon is justas excited and enthusiastic as he was on his first salon day.

“I love what I do every day and you should, too.”

Sherdon Lavan

Sherdon Lavan

Stylist and Keratin Expert

Beth's professional life is dedicated to the elevation of salon hair color to an art form. Her profound experience stems from her years at Clairol and Redken, where she developed entirely new color product brands and developed and directed their hair color education programs. To be closer to her clients, she co-founded a salon on NYC's Upper East Side, where she soon became a client and magazine editor favorite, before joining our team. Beth's clientele is used to nothing but the best. Her techniques and product choices provide a rich level of conditioning, coloring the hair with luxurious shine. Whether blonde, brunette or red hair, her work is chiefly dimensional, with a highlight 'reflect' that creates even-better-than-natural results, ranging from ultra soft to strong contrasts in fashion forward shades. Beth has received numerous awards, incl. the 'Salon Icon Award' by the National Cosmetologists Assoc., the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the Professional Beauty Assoc. and 'Best Hair Colorist' by American Salon Magazine. She is a frequent contributing editor to 'Modern Salon' and 'The Colorist' magazines.

Beth Minardi

Beth Minardi

Artistic Director

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

Color Director

Formery of the John Sahag Salon, Elizabeth has been creating amazing color in the beauty industry for over 20 years. Specializing in corrective color, she uses mild and ammonia free dye as well as organic color to compliment a clients skin tone with healthy ‘sun kissed’ highlights and rich lustrous single processes. The use of these products requires extensive expertise to achieve the desired effect and Elizabeth is a master. Her technique and ability to create the perfect color without damaging the hair is unrivaled, just ask any of her fiercely loyal clients. She has perfected the art of bringing dull, drab hair back to life, with brilliant shine and luster whilst maintaining the integrity of the hair. A true artist and a wonderful person, welcome to the family Elizabeth!  

Elizabeth Khawaja

Elizabeth Khawaja

Senior Colorist and Stylist

A born and raised Midwesterner, Katt’s passion for hair was realized at a young age, leading her to enroll at the prestigious Aveda Institute in downtown Madison, WI, where she developed an infatuation with hair and the science of hair color. This passion and drive brought her to Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a coveted apprenticeship under legendary Colorist Beth Minardi, who recently also joined the Kieran McKenna Salon. Taking her skills to another level, Katt has developed a fiercely loyal clientele devoted to her lush, rich color and beautifully crafted highlights. Attentive, caring and extremely professional, Katt is a wonderful addition to our team.

Katt Smith

Katt Smith

Colorist

Laura has had a passion for hair since she can remember. ‘You can definitely say it is in my blood!’ she says, as hairdressing runs in the family. She began her career at the age of 14, learning and working side by side with her father in the family Salon. Eventually, she branched out on her own and dedicated years of training in one of Madison Avenues top salons, working hand in hand with the top colorists. She quickly climbed the ladder from being an assistant to becoming a junior colorist. Joining the Kieran McKenna Salon, Laura has quickly become an essential member of our team and is the new generation of hair colorist. She believes in personalizing color according to her clients individual look and lifestyle and prides herself in the care and attention she gives each client. She is now managing a growing portfolio of loyal clients and is always striving to evolve and achieve new levels in hair color.

Laura Kalendareva

Laura Kalendareva

Colorist

Born in NYC and raised in Florida, Michelle returned to her roots attending Manhattans Empire Beauty School. After graduating she worked styling hair for Vera Wang where she learned the importance of balance and silhouette to compliment Vera’s dress creations.
Drawn more to the color side of hairdressing, Michelle has earned a reputation for creating sensational depth and dimension. Always putting her clients first, she easily translates their needs and requests into reality.
That, coupled with her phenomenal expertise with Keratin Treatments, Michelle has built an intensely loyal following.
‘Great hair makes you fearless!’ she states. ‘It gives you the confidence to take on the challenges life throws at you’.

Michelle

Michelle

colorist
Sabrina

Sabrina

Color Apprentice
Jinal Patel

Jinal Patel

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

Guest Services