Shannon McNair


How and why did you start doing hair?

I think my obsession for hair color began in middle school when I discovered that, as long as your hair was light enough, Kool-Aid could be used to color hair any color in the rainbow. I do not recommend it now that I am a professional, but it was the only thing I could get my hands on when I was in 7th grade. I kept up with various ways of altering my hair and my friends hair as we moved on to high school and discovered manic panic, bleach, and every shade of boxed red that was as close to cherry cola that we could find (it was the 90’s). I always wanted to pursue hair as a career but attended college for a short time instead then cosmetology school at Aveda Soho in my mid 20’s. I knew once I started that I wanted to specialize in color and from there graduated and had the opportunity to assist and learn form some amazing talent in the city. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m so thankful that I get to work in a creative and social field. From sun-kissed brunettes to balayage blondes and platinum blondes my personal philosophy is that color should reflect the beauty in an individual’s personality and inspire confidence from within.   


If you could do hair for any famous person, living or dead, whom would it be?

Tie between keeping up with Debbie Harry’s perfect double process blonde (then not now because she currently wears a wig most performances) and David Bowie’s fiery red Ziggy Stardust locks.


Who is your personal style icon?

If you could combine Cher Horowitz and Lydia Deetz into one person then that fictional character would be my style icon.


If you could go back in time and live in any time period, in which period would you choose to live?

The late 70's and early 80's.

If you were an alcoholic beverage, what would you be?

A glass of rosé.

If you could bring one album with you to a desert island, which would you bring?

Van Halen's 1984