Stylists

For more information on our stylists please contact us. Prices for all salon and hair services vary depending on which member of our staff provides your services: (Levels 1-4, Master Stylists, or Owners). We are a team of experienced professionals and hope you will feel free to take advantage of the talents of more than one of our designers — whenever you feel the need for a fresh approach.

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Jim McNamara – Owner

Growing up in NYC, Jim’s initial stylist training began in Ridgefield, CT. and continued in the U.S. and Europe, with stops at Vidal Sassoon in California, and the Toni & Guy Academies in Dallas and Chicago. His expert training continued at Bumble and bumble in New York followed by studies in Prague and Italy to become a certified Framesi Colorist. Jim customizes each client’s look by paying extreme attention to design detail in all aspects “hair”. With 25+ years of success in the industry, Jim can be found welcoming clients with his “verve” while focusing daily on the consistent personal experience that MCN Salon delivers to every guest. When not styling hair, Jim can be found perfecting his game of golf while taking in the beautiful scenic views of each course.

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Lisa McNamara – Owner

Lisa opened MCN Salon in 1999 as a co-owner. Starting her career in 1985, Lisa has been focusing on hair for 25+ years. She has trained with Vidal Sassoon, Framesi Color Education, and has been a part of the Framesi design team as a master colorist for 10 years. From Pittsburgh to Prague she has perfected her expertise in all things hair. As one of the owners of MCN Salon, she is totally dedicated to the professional growth of each stylist. She is committed to the education of her dynamic team in order to deliver and uphold a perfect balance of technical expertise, client care, and service with a progressive attitude and artistic vision. Lisa’s passion is to coach each individual stylist on the importance of clear and concise communication during consultations which achieves an unparalleled experience for everyone. When not doing hair, Lisa is involved in her second passion, horses. She spends as much time as possible riding her horse Firefly, as well as traveling to the premier racetracks around the United States and Europe. During the spring season her free time is spent in Lexington, Kentucky assisting and delivering newborn equine babies, also known as foaling.

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Sara – Master Stylist

Sara’s career at MCN began in 2003. She is one of MCN’s most progressive, dedicated and determined stylists. As a Framesi Master Colorist and former Bumble & bumble Network Educator, Sara is skilled in all hair competencies. She specializes in razor cuts, Balayage, special occasion styling, Brazilian Blowouts and Relaxers. Outside of work, you can find her kicking back with her family and two dogs, digging in her ’urban garden,’ or being active through dancing, biking or yoga.

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Kara – Master Stylist

Kara has been a member of the MCN family since 2006. As a stylist for 10 years Kara has a passion for perfecting her craft. The continuing education and training she received from Bumble and bumble NYC, Framesi as a certified colorist and Graham Webb in Virginia she feels is key to her success as a stylist. Kara’s eye for creative color and cutting techniques and her willingness to listen to client’s requests and suggestions is her formula to create the perfect hairstyle for you. Kara loves to work hard, but also enjoys her time off traveling, finding new music, enjoying new restaurants, and using her creativity in other artistic ways.

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Ashley – Master Stylist

Ashley has been at MCN since 2010 and is one of a master stylists and a color expert. She is one of the salons color correction specialists. She has trained with Bumble & Bumble , Framesi, Aveda and recently attended a color class in Chicago from celebrity stylist  Guy Tang. Ashely is passionate about color and creating customized looks to make you look and feel amazing!

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Heather – Master Stylist

Heather has been styling hair for 9 years and joined the MCN team in 2009. After graduating from Pitt, she attended South Hills Beauty Academy to help fuel her creative juices and has since trained with Aveda, Wella, Redken and Framesi colorists. Heather prides herself on giving simple, straight forward styles that require little or no styling; her own personal style leads to fresh fashionable cuts for the more adventurous client. Heather loves heavily textured bobs, men’s cuts, razor cuts, short cuts and welcoming challenges of Asian hair. This wife and mother of two can be found traveling to different parts of the world to check out architecture and design, enjoying good food and wine while taking in a jazz show, and doing Pilates in her remodeled home in the Mexican War streets.

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Brent – Level 4 Stylist; Bumble and bumble Network Educator

Originally from Portland Oregon, Brent brings a sunny west-coast perspective to the Pittsburgh region and MCN Team, since 2010. His former career as a marketing and advertising executive has taken him around the country providing endless topics for conversation. Brent is MCN’s Bumble and bumble Network Educator and a Certified Framesi Master Hair Colorist and Educator. He has studied Sassoon precision cutting along with Bumble and bumble razor cutting techniques building up his love of using architectural elements in hair design and sharing the art and science of hair color. “Hair is your best accessory; You wear it everyday.”, the philosophy Brent “hairs” by. Outside of MCN, you will find Brent traveling for inspiration, spending time with friends taking in local theater, enjoying a great restaurant, or out boating with his wheaten terrier, Sophie.

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Elizabeth – Level 4 Stylist

Elizabeth began her career as a stylist in 2007. This Pittsburgh native brings a fresh and friendly approach to life and to the MCN family. Elizabeth is a Framesi Master Colorist, has trained with Bumble & bumble, L’oreal Balayage in NYC, is certified in Keratin Complex and Brazilian Blowouts. Elizabeth loves to see new faces every day, meet new people, and make her clients feel beautiful. Elizabeth takes the time to focus on her clients descriptions about what is best for them and their hair needs. Continuing her education is key for her to keep her passion for her craft thriving. When she has free time, she spends it with her family, fiance and dogs.

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Leslee – Level 3 Stylist

Leslee joined the MCN salon in 2011. She developed a love for anything art at a young age and being a stylist gives her a chance to express her creativity. She has trained with Paul Mitchell, Framesi and Unite Cutting Courses. Leslee loves to make people feel confident. She takes that mentality into her work, striving to make sure each guest has a style that reflects their personality. Outside of work, Leslee can be found behind the scenes at photo shoots, designing her own clothes and accessories, practicing yoga, and has a love for live music and concerts.

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Jessica Leigh – Level 3 Stylist

Jessica Leigh relocated from Palm Springs to Pittsburgh in 2012 and upon her arrival joined the MCN family. She has been passionate about the hair industry since a young age, having practically grown up in her father’s hair salon in Cleveland, OH. With her 13 years of experience she consistently adds to her repertoire through advanced education. Vidal Sassoon, Nick Arrojo, Wella and Sebastian styling are among those that have inspired and shaped her career the most. Her favorite part of being a hairstylist is working with each individual to customize a hairstyle that best suits their personality and lifestyle. Outside of the salon, she loves to explore all of the culture and spirit that Pittsburgh has to offer with her husband, little girl and baby boy.

Margeaux – Level 3 Stylist

Margeaux’s career in hair started in 2010 with MCN Salon. With a background in fashion and retail, she has a grasp on trends, classics and progressive styles. She gains inspiration from people around her, celebrities and strives to let people’s personalities shine through in her work. She was trained at Empire Beauty School, has had advanced training with Bumble and bumble and Unite cutting, and is certified in Brazilian Blowouts. She loves doing color, especially the popular Ombre styles, and styling curly hair while giving special care to the clients need for the right product to enhance and maintain their look at home. Being behind the scenes at local fashion shows and Whirl Magazine, has helped Margeaux provide each client with the best color and cut for their lifestyles. Margeaux prides herself in knowing her clients in order to service them better. When not styling hair, Margeaux loves to travel and enjoy the summertime sun.

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Jenna – Level 3 Stylist

Jenna came to MCN Salon in 2012 after studying at The Arrojo Cosmotology School in NYC where she trained with classes from: TIGI, Wella, Arrojo Studios and Sebastian. Jenna has continued her education by attending Sassoon and Bumble and bumble classes, and is a certified in Babe Extension and Brazillian Blowout and is extremely talented in creating updos and braiding designs. Jenna loves the fast paced lifestyle of a young stylist constantly looking for inspiration from the places she goes and the people she meets, the newest trends and past generations.

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Jessie –Level 2 Stylist

Originally from the Finger Lakes of New York, Jessie came to Pittsburgh in 2007 to study art. She found that her love for hair, makeup, fashion, and design could all be combined in a career in cosmetology. Jessie has attended the Paul Mitchell Academy, Jessie has studied extensively with Framesi and in April 2013 attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Toronto and is certified Aqua Extensions. Her easy going personality and passion for glamorous style really help her to connect with you to create an amazing style. Jessie’s time away from the salon is spent with her soon to be husband and little boy, Lincoln.

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B – Level 2 Stylist

This detailed and driven stylist started her career with MCN Salon in 2011. She believes in giving 100% into everything she does, and it shows. She began her training at Bella Cappelli and continues her education through Framesi, Bumble & bumble, and has attended the Vidal Sassoon Cutting Class in Chicago. B strives to cater to each individual’s style and needs by guiding them with her professional opinion and skills. With an emphasis on client satisfaction, B finds it most rewarding when her client can duplicate the stylish look at home with ease. In her off time, you can find B hanging with family and friends, shopping, or looking for her next adventure.

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Chauncey – Level 2 Stylist

Chauncey has recently returned to MCN since her 2010 start here after her graduation from Casal Aveda Institute. She loves to use her skills for balayage, cutting, and updos with her clients and might even spend an entire haircut discussing Game of Thrones. Chauncey is enthusiastic about the city of Pittsburgh; she has lived on Observatory Hill for the past 5 years, loves hockey and is a Pens season ticket holder with her family. Netflix marathons with her geriatric Pomeranians keep her busy during her limited down time.

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Lauren – Level 1 Stylist

Lauren joined MCN in 2013, took some time away to pursue other passions and rejoined the team in 2016. She is trained in Framesi  and Wella coloring, is a Brazilian Blowout educator, and is a certified MAC artist. Lauren is well versed in Bumble & Bumble and Kerastase product knowledge. In her spare time Lauren freelances for ModCloth doing hair and styling. In her downtime Lauren loves unwinding with a glass of wine and reliving her youth spending time with her neice and nephew.

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Nikki – Level 1 Stylist

A graduate from Bella Capelli, a Paul Mitchell school,  Nikki began her career with MCN in 2015 as an assistant and became a stylist in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from IUP, and is a passionate makeup artist. Nikki loves cooking, unique tattoos, and making wine with her family.

Apprentices

General Manager

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Kara – General Manager

Kara started as the salon’s general manager in January of 2016. This is her first time working in a salon after 10 years of experience in the health food industry.

Salon Coordinators

Reception Team

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Kelsey – Salon Concierge

Kelsey joined the MCN team in 2015 after moving to PIttsburgh in 2013 and has spent her time here exploring as much of the city as possible.  She lives in Polish Hill among her ever growing collection of records, pins, and knicknacks.

Mascots

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Josie

Josie was our beloved mascot of MCN Salon for 13 years. She graced each guest with her regal presence yet friendly attitude. Sharing companionship with co-owners Jim and Lisa, Josie reflects the stylish and artist fashion of MCN. When not greeting clients in MCN Salon, Josie could be found napping in any sunlit spot, or ’working it’ to get a doggie treat! As you look around the salon, you would see many images of Josie enjoying her 13 years as our MCN pride and joy. Her love will last forever.

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Mac, Romeo & Juliet

Our sweet puppies Mac (Bull Mastiff), Romeo & Juliet (English Bulldogs), are here to carry on the tradition of the love and welcoming spirit of Josie.

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