Port’s hairdresser’s work presented at the Met Gala in New York | News

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NEWBURYPORT — A chance meeting at a New York restaurant with an acquaintance of professional tennis player Leylah Fernandez allowed local hair salon owner Kelyn Harrell to see her hair talent at the Met Gala, l one of the most prestigious social events of the year.

Harrell, who opened the Adore salon on Water Street in August, said he was asked to style Fernandez for the charity gala held each year to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Gala attendees also raised a lot of eyebrows with their outlandish and sometimes controversial costumes and outfits.

Days before the Met Gala in September, 19-year-old Fernandez was in contention for the US Open championship but lost in the final to Emma Raducanu.

While Fernandez was battling for the finale, Harrell was in New York to attend the annual Fashion Week.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be asked to do Leylah’s hair for the Met Gala on Monday, but that’s exactly what happened,” Harrell wrote in an email. Daily News.

“Leylah, her family and friends couldn’t have been more amazing,” she added. “Leylah missed her prom for tennis, but I think the Met Gala made up for it. As soon as I was done, I rushed to my hotel room to look at the carpet red live on TV. Leylah rocked it alongside some of the biggest superstars in the world.

When asked in her living room, Harrell said scoring such a high-profile gig could pay dividends for her career as word of mouth spreads.

“That was awesome,” Harrell said, moments after finishing with a client in his four-chair living room.

Harrell said the first five minutes in the budding tennis superstar’s hotel room were nerve-wracking, but it didn’t take long for the jitters to dissipate. The visit lasted about two hours and included a discussion with the designer of Fernandez’s dress about which hairstyle best suited the outfit and a conversation with her family.

“She’s just a normal 19-year-old girl who rose to fame in the last month,” Harrell said.

The Salisbury resident grew up in Ipswich and graduated from Triton Regional High School. She learned her craft at the Portsmouth Beauty School of Hair Design in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2006.

“Opening a business was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Harrell said in an email.

“Some days it was impossible. The day I opened, with the feeling I had, I knew every second or hard work of my career was worth it and great things were coming my way. .

Dave Rogers is a reporter for the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is a reporter for the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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